Seth C Lewis
Seth C. Lewis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Mitchell V. Charnley Faculty Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He is a Visiting Fellow with the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School (2015-2016), and formerly was a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Science, Technology & Society at Stanford University (2013) and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Spain (2005). His research explores the social implications of media technologies for the dynamics of media work and innovation, particularly in the case of journalism and its digital transformation. Presently he is working on projects that examine the interplay of humans and machines in news, such as in the rise of automated journalism. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, theories, and methods, Lewis has published nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters since 2010, covering a range of sociotechnical phenomena—from big data and open-source software, to social media and digital audience analytics. He edited a 2015 special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Digital Journalism on the subject of "Journalism in an Era of Big Data," co-edited the 2015 book Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices and Participation (published by Routledge), and in 2013 won Outstanding Journal Article of the Year in Journalism Studies for "The Tension Between Professional Control and Open Participation: Journalism and its Boundaries" (PDF), as well as an honorable mention distinction in 2014 for "Open Source and Journalism: Toward New Frameworks for Imagining News Innovation" (PDF). His 2012 co-authored article on journalists’ use of Twitter is the most-cited article in the 16-year history of Journalism Studies. Lewis is on the editorial board of New Media & Society, the top-ranked journal in Communication (according to Google Scholar), as well as the editorial boards of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Social Media + Society, and Digital Journalism, among others. He reviews grant proposals for funding agencies internationally, and has given invited lectures at a number of leading universities. Beginning as a 16-year-old reporter for his local newspaper, Lewis previously worked as a journalist for several news organizations, including as Assistant Sports Editor at The Miami Herald. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. from Barry University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is on Twitter at @sethclewis.