How is new media reshaping the work of civic organizations? Today host Mike Wagner talks UW Journalism Professor Christopher Wells on his new book “The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen.”
In addition to being an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism, Christopher Wells is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. His current projects include a major study of civic organizations’ communications to young people through websites and social media. Drawing on the long history of organizations’ roles as conveyors of civic information, this work examines how those roles are changing as digital information exchange becomes ubiquitous. Another project explores how candidates, journalists and organizations communicate through the social messaging service Twitter, in 2010 and 2012 elections. And a third assesses the role of beliefs about facts—whether correct or misinformed—in influencing individuals’ policy preferences in direct democracy.