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Articles by Gina Masullo Chen

Gina Masullo Chen is an assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently blogging and writing about parenting and children for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y. She received a Ph.D. in communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She blogs about the future of journalism at savethemedia.com.
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“A journalist’s job, at its very essence, is to explain to the public what’s going on. If the public is learning that through comments, journalists must be part of that discussion.”
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News organizations have always stepped up in times of natural disaster, the University of Southern Mississippi professor argues. But the interweaving of professional and citizen journalism can push beyond the general to the specific.
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The best way to figure out what information readers need from you when you are covering an emergency is to imagine yourself in their position.
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News has always been about making choices among lots of information; technology just helps us make those choices more smartly.
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Facebook’s controversial new updates offer news outlets an opportunity: to bring the lessons of Facebook to their own platforms.
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