Keynote Speaker, News, S. Mitra Kalita / October 8, 2017 Highlights from 2017 Social Media Conference

The 7th annual Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop at Howard University drew participants and attendees from around the world. Topics on social media and culture spanned the gamut with topics on social media and the law, privacy for journalists, activists and professionals as well as gaming and Korean drama fans. Photos by Terry Marsh...

Keynote Speaker, News, S. Mitra Kalita / September 24, 2017 S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita is the vice president for programming for CNN Digital. Kalita leads CNN Digital’s efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She also oversees the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams. She was previously managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los...

News / June 30, 2017 2015 Highlight: Jane Elizabeths on fact-checking tips

Jane leads the American Press Institute’s project to improve and expand accountability journalism. She is the Washington Post’s former deputy local editor; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. Jane’s work at five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics, regional news and education. She was...

News / June 30, 2017 L Michelle Smith delivers 2016 keynote

L. Michelle Smith is a consumer insights expert who is helping one of the world’s most respected Fortune 10 companies prepare for our nation’s new reality– an unwired, digitally-driven, multicultural and global society.    Michelle leads Diversity and Citizenship & Sustainability corporate communications for AT&T Global Marketing Organization. She owns nine segments which makeup the...

News / June 27, 2017 Highlights from 2016 Social Media Conference

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Michelle Ferrier, News / June 27, 2017 Michelle Ferrier talks personal safety online

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is a pioneer in digital content and online education communities as well as research around online communities, online education, digital identity and reputation management and media entrepreneurship. Ferrier is the founder and creator of TrollBusters, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and women journalists. She is the principal investigator behind the...

Keynote Speaker, News / June 27, 2017 Sree Sreenivasan delivers 2016 social media status update

Sree is NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, running the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategy. Since Oct 2016, he and his team have been working on digital, mobile and social strategy for NYC government agencies; working with startups and entrepreneurs across the city; and implementing the landmark NYC Digital Playbook.  From 2013-2016, he was the first Chief...

News / June 24, 2017 Register for Social Media Conference

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Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

2018 Call for Submissions

The Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop was co-founded by Howard University and Bowie State University in 2009. The Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop brings together scholars and professionals who are experts in the area of social media to share their perspectives on the shifting paradigm in the academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations orchestrated by digital and social media in this era of technological determinism. As social media continue to influence all areas of our lives, it is important to examine and debate not only the use of various social media tools in different contexts, but how they change the manner in which individuals, academics, business owners and the government make use of this media.

This two-day intensive conference combines panel discussions, posters sessions, roundtables and hands-on workshops designed to enlighten scholars and practitioners about social media and provide them with the knowledge to create and effectively utilize social media in different contexts. The 8th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop is scheduled for October 4-5, 2018 on the campus of Howard University. This year’s theme – Social Media: Safe Spaces or Dangerous Terrain focuses on dissecting how the beneficial social connections provided by social media are being jeopardized by dark forces that threaten our individual voices, our privacy and security and even our democracy. Social media have transformed the ways in which we connect, offering international collaborative relationships, easy and instant communication and real-time access to news and information. Some say the unfettered authority we’ve ceded to the social media titans is responsible for the rise in malignant bots, cyborg-created fake news, foreign-based internet trolls and emerging risks that may rival the benefits of social connectedness and collaborative online relationships. The full Call for Papers is available on our site.

Working with past presenters and other researchers, the conference organizers have edited two social media books. The first was published in 2014 entitled Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice. The second book, Social Media: Culture and Identity, was published in 2017 through Lexington Books.