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Seth C. Lewis

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Seth C. Lewis

Assistant Professor
Seth C. Lewis is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. His research explores the social implications of information technology and digital media for the dynamics of media work and media innovation. In particular, he studies the changing nature of news and journalism amid the rise of big data, social media, software development, digital audience metrics, and related phenomena.
His research has been published or is forthcoming in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals, including Information, Communication & Society; Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; Communication Research; New Media & Society; and the International Journal of Communication. He is editing a special issue of Digital Journalism on the subject of "Journalism in an Era of Big Data," is the co-editor of two editions of The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives, and he is affiliated with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. He holds a BA from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Barry University, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Research Interests

Lewis' current research interests related to social media, data analytics, and big data are focused on four areas:

  • the role of social media in news and information, as well as public engagement more broadly
  • the use of audience analytics (or metrics) in digital media production
  • the implications of big data — as a social, cultural, and technological phenomenon — for communication research and the character of public information

Related Publications

Lewis, S. C., & Usher, N. (in press). Code, Collaboration, and the Future of Journalism: A Case Study of the Hacks/Hackers Global Network. Journalism Studies. (Expected publication date: 2014)

Lee, A., Lewis, S. C., & Powers, M. J. (in press). Audience Clicks and News Placement: A Study of Time-Lagged Influence in Online Journalism. Communication Research. (Expected publication date: 2014) Available early online. doi: 10.1177/0093650212467031

Lewis, S. C., Zamith, R., & Hermida, A. (2013). Content Analysis in an Era of Big Data: A Hybrid Approach to Computational and Manual Methods. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media57(1), 34–52. doi:10.1080/08838151.2012.76170

Aitamurto, T., & Lewis, S. C. (2013). Open Innovation in Digital Journalism: Examining the Impact of Open APIs at Four News Organizations. New Media & Society15(2), 314-331. doi:10.1177/1461444812450682

Lasorsa, D. L., Lewis, S. C., & Holton, A. E. (2012). Normalizing Twitter: Journalism Practice in an Emerging Communication Space. Journalism Studies13(1), 19-36. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2011.571825