October 1-2, 2015
Howard University
Interdisciplinary Center
Washington, D.C.

The 5th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop is a two-day intensive conference combining panel discussions, posters sessions and hands-on workshops designed to enlighten attendees about new scholarship, professional practices and pedagogical approaches to teaching. This year’s theme focuses on questioning the direction of social media by leftists as well as extreme right critics. It will dissect the connections between social media and popular -isms (distinctive doctrines, systems, confluence and theories). The goal is to bring scholars and professionals together to share their perspectives on how social media relate to various –isms and discuss their influence and impact on our society, individuals, academics, businesses and government entities.

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Keynote Speaker:


Michelle Ferrier is associate dean for innovation at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Ferrier is vice president of Journalism That Matters and creator of the “Create or Die” startup weekends. Ferrier is an inaugural Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center fellow and an inaugural fellow in the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis. Ferrier is a former columnist, digital content architect and online community developer who has been involved in new media for more than 30 years. She has worked in strategic communications, policy analysis and publishing for several national nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include media entrepreneurship, online journalism, online communities, and hyperlocal online news. She recently founded a website called,TrollBusters, which provides support for targets of online harassment, while identifying and combating trolling.



Hands-on Workshops

Jane Elizabeth, a senior research project manager, leads the American Press Institute’s project to improve and expand political fact-checking/accountability journalism.She will present a workshop on fact-checking and verification in social media. API is a partner with us as a result of a grant that we received from the Knight Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. You will hear more about our project at the conference.

Jane is the Washington Post’s former deputy local editor, and teaches advanced journalism as a member of the adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Jane’s work at five U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics, regional news and education. She was education editor at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a senior editor at The Virginian-Pilot where she launched and directed the newsroom’s first digital news team. She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.