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Marie K. Shanahan
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Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Connecticut
Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Connecticut

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Many of you know that in my quest to earn tenure at UConn, I had to research and write an academic book, and get it published.

I did it.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped me find the courage, time, perseverance and information to make the book happen.
If you are a journalist and you want to know why people say the things they do below your stories and on social media, this book explains it. Digital discourse is complicated, and whether we like it or not, it's our reality from here on out.

A preview of the book is available on Google and Amazon: https://www.routledge.com/Journalism-Online…/…/9781138630239
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How did the American electorate become so outwardly hateful? Heap some blame on online comments. Unabated toxic discourse on news websites helped blow the lid off society’s pressure cooker of political correctness.
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Op-eds attract the most online comments. Analytical articles prompt the highest quality responses. And not surprisingly, any topic can stir up incendiary online remarks in North America.
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I made a bad call the first time I assigned my journalism students to use Twitter. Here's what I ended up learning about college students' use of social media, free speech and "safe spaces" on campus: http://chronicle.com/article/Yes-Campuses-Should-Be-Safe/235114
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Here's my story for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team explaining why breastfeeding rates in Connecticut are on the rise. One reason why more new Connecticut moms are #breastfeeding  their babies longer: support from other local moms on social media. http://bit.ly/1Bfc9lQ
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"The future of journalism is married to the future of communication technology." My roundup of tech trends in journalism as The Hartford Courant marks 250 years in the news business.  http://cour.at/11R21nv 
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Columbia Journalism Review published my research (and interactive graphic) on the local news landscape in Fairfield County, CT and why Connecticut's wealthy southwest corner attracts so many hyperlocal news experiments.
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I contributed to the latest  "Listening Post" report by Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera America that examines what media organizations can do to control online comment trolls and cultivate better conversations. (Unfortunately, though, I can't watch it, because my local cable provider doesn't carry Al Jazeera.)
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I had this crazy idea that online news publishers might be able to learn something about meaningful audience participation and comment moderation from talk radio. Sharing what I discovered, on Poynter today: http://bit.ly/1f1gU5x
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