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Nicole Dahmen is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication, with an emphasis on photojournalism in the Digital Age. Dahmen’s research is published in such leading journals as Visual Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, and Journalism Studies. Dahmen also has extensive professional design experience, ranging from the development of content to design and production for multiple platforms. She has been working with desktop publishing software since the mid-1990s and has developed and executed extensive print and digital materials. Her design experience also crosses into research, writing, and content-development with public relations and strategic communication. She received her M.M.C. degree from the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU and her Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dahmen blogs about Visual Communication in the Digital Age at

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Jared Kendall, or “the Data Guy,” as he’s known in the newsroom, has been the Reveille’s data editor for three   years. A gung-ho user of Tableau, he likes to hunt down stories that can’t be found simply by downloading a      dataset. Through his use of the Dark Arts of data journalism, OpenRefine and Workspace Macro Pro, Kendall  has tackled everything from liberal bias in higher education to Louisiana campaign finance watchdog journalism.

A member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Kendall has learned that conferences are a journalist’s best  friend. In a world where new software shows up on the market every few milliseconds, the best way to find your  newest secret weapon is typically by swapping notes.

Kendall believes that Tableau is one of the better all-around data journalism tools, and that it provides an easy    way to dive right in and make something cool. His personal “eureka” moment came when an in-class guest  speaker demonstrated the software early in Kendall’s first year as a mass communication major at LSU. Having  sat through numerous classes where the slow, lingering death of print journalism was talked about ad nauseum,  he felt like he’d just been handed divine inspiration: A way to do good, hard journalism on a massive scale, and micro budget. Long obsessed with computer automation, Kendall combined Tableau with his personal secret     weapon – macro automation – to cover stories that would’ve been time and resource-prohibitive otherwise.

At 41 years old, Kendall is not your traditional college senior. Having dropped out of school 17 years ago when his daughter was born, he is currently in a race to try and graduate before she enrolls. He’s lived in Baton Rouge for 23 years, but fully intends to one day move back to the place of his birth: New York City. When he’s not swamped with data work, he likes to write for local comedy magazine, Redshtick. A quick Google search for Jared Kendall and “Redshtick” will show he’s been swamped for quite some time.

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Eric P. Robinson is an attorney and scholar focused on legal issues involving the media, including the internet and social media. He teaches media law, and is co-director of the Manship School’s Press Law and Democracy Project and of counsel to the First Amendment law firm The Counts Law Group. His prior experience in media law includes positions as an affiliate scholar with the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; deputy director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno; staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center; and a legal fellowship at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He has also worked as an attorney in federal, state and local government, and as a newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.

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Maddie Duhon is a senior from Lafayette, La., majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and minoring in business administration. She is a member of Leadership LSU and an intern in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s Office of External Relations. She worked last summer as a media relations intern for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. After graduation, she will be working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for World Wildlife Fund doing communications.

At Show Me to Coast workshop, Duhon will be presenting a social media project she spearheaded this semester with a Knight Foundation mini-grant awarded to her by the Manship School of Mass Communication. To inform and motivate followers on conservation issues, particularly coastal restoration, Duhon helped build an online community around the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Camouflage Coalition by interacting on Twitter and Facebook. She produced blog content connected to emerging news on issues such as the BP oil spill trial and the state’s annual coastal plan. She live-tweeted public meetings about the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority‘s coastal master plan in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houma, and storified each meeting. She plans on writing social media posts leading up to the BP oil spill anniversary on April 20, 2015.

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Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California.  Smith co-founded and directs the Social Media Research Foundation (, a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.

Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.

Smith’s research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many “groups” in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: Smith’s goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. While at Microsoft Research, he founded the Community Technologies Group and led the development of the “Netscan” web application and data mining engine that allowed researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity.  He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project ( that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet.  NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets.

The Connected Action consulting group ( applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage.  SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes.  Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories.  Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.

Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.  Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.


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