Category Archives: Bios

Kim Smith

Kim Smith, April 8 Workshop Participant

Kim Smith is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include new media technology and health communications. He is a former Web editor for a nonprofit health care improvement agency and a freelance reporter for National Public Radio.

Bryan Murley

Bryan Murley, April 7 Workshop Participant

bryan_murleyBryan Murley is student publications adviser/instructor at North Greenville University and webmaster for College Media Advisers, Inc., where he maintains the main web site ( and a weblog about the changes facing college media ( He is also a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. His research interests are new media, weblogs, religion, and campus media.

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, April 9 Workshop participant

chris_andersonChris Anderson is a PhD student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His research focuses on the various forms of grassroots journalism and the changes within the journalistic profession being wrought by theese new media forms. Currently, he is developing a theoretical framework for analyzing challenges to the epistemological claims of professional journalists. Anderson serves as a senior editor for the New York City Independent Media Center website (, one of the earliest examples of a grassroots journalism project in the United States. He also serves on the editorial board of the Indypendent, a biweekly progressive newspaper in New York City.

Bernhard Debatin

Bernhard Debatin, April 8 panelist

debatinBernhard Debatin is an Associate Professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, where he also serves as the Director of Tutorial Studies in Journalism. He is co-editor or author of six books and several extended research reports in the areas of media ethics, communication research, online journalism, and philosophy. He has published over 50 articles in scholarly books and journals. Debatin teaches online journalism, media ethics, and other conceptually and theoretically oriented courses on mass communication in the School of Journalism.

Bob Benz

Bob Benz, April 8 panelist

bob_benzBob Benz earned a BA in journalism/English from Edinboro University and holds a master’s in English literature from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is on the NAA’s New Media Federation board, serves on the advisory board at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism and is on PowerOne Media’s board of directors. Benz has taught English and/or journalism at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of New Mexico, Metro State College (Denver) and Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

Benz is general manager/interactive media for the E.W. Scripps Co.’s daily newspapers. He has worked for Scripps since 1986. In 1994, Benz was the copy editor on The Plutonium Experiment, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporter Eileen Welsome and The Albuquerque Tribune. He went from Albuquerque to the Denver Rocky Mountain News, where he played a key role in launching the newspaper’s Web site.

In his role as general manager/interactive media, Benz is responsible for revenue and content at Scripps newspaper sites. In 2002, those newspapers sites achieved profitability and have seen substantial audience, revenue and cash flow growth in each subsequent year.

Benz is married to Lara Edge, VP/Editorial for Scripps Networks online. They live in Knoxville in a restored 19th century farmhouse with four dogs, a cockatoo and a ghost.

Mark Deuze

Mark Deuze, April 8 panelist

mark_deuzeMark Deuze (1969) is assistant professor at Indiana University’s Department of Telecommunications, and is consultant to the Journalism and New Media program at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Mark received his PhD in the Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His work focuses on the relationships between media production, technology and society, and has appeared in print in a number of Dutch and English books and journals (including Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Studies and New Media & Society). At the moment, he is working on a new book titled ‘Liquid Media Work’, on the changing nature of media work in the context of cultural and technological convergence. Mark maintains a weblog on journalism, new media, and culture at E-mail:

Sandeep Junnarker

Sandeep Junnarker, April 7 panelist

sandeepSANDEEP JUNNARKAR is a Weil Visiting Professor of Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington. He entered the online journalism world at its infancy in 1994 as part of a team gathered to present The New York Times on America Online, a service called @times. He later became a breaking news editor, writer and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. He received a Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia in 1994. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as a reporter and New York Bureau chief of from 1998 to 2003.

Jan Boyles

Jan Boyles, April 7 panelist

jan_boylesJan Boyles is an instructor and second-year master’s student at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her research emphases include blogging and hyperlocal media. She teaches an introductory journalism course for incoming freshmen. In addition to teaching, Boyles serves as an undergraduate academic adviser and coordinates New Student Orientation. Boyles earned her undergraduate in news-editorial from WVU. She was selected by WVU as a Rhodes Scholar candidate and as a member of the WVU Order of Augusta, the highest University-wide academic distinction bestowed annually to eight graduating seniors. She is also a former newspaper reporter for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. Boyles co-wrote “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope,” a student-produced book about five cancer patients that was published in 2005 by the WVU Press.

Fernanda Viégas

Fernanda Viégas, April 7 panelist

viegasFernanda B. Viégas has just finished her PhD at the MIT Media Lab and joined IBM Research. Her research focuses on the visualization of the traces people leave as they interact online. Some of her projects explore email archives, newsgroup conversations, and the editing history of wiki pages. She is the creator of the award-winning Chat Circles program, an abstract graphical interface for communicating online. Her interest in issues of online privacy stems from her work with large archives of online social data. She received PhD and MS degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and a BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of Kansas. More information is available at

Martin Kuhn

Martin Kuhn, April 7 panelist

martin_kuhnMartin Kuhn is completing his Ph.D. at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his primary research areas are media law and history. Aside from his exploratory study of blog ethics, he has written about constitutional issues arising from the Can-Spam Act of 2003 and the use of knowledge discovery technologies in federal counterterrorism efforts. He is interested in the relationship between law and ethics regarding new communication technologies.