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Kelly A. Fincham

Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations


Degrees

MA, 2007, Dublin City Univ


Bio

Kelly Fincham is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University where she teaches advanced online journalism in the undergraduate and graduate program.

Her research agenda explores the intersection of social media in journalism practice and curriculum.. She is a regular presenter at several national and regional journalism conferences in the U.S. Canada, Ireland and Scotland and frequently contributes to Poynter, the leading journalism foundation in the U.S.

Kelly, honored as one of the Top 50 influential women in Irish America, founded the school’s award-winning students news site, Long Island Report in 2010. She is also the founding editor of IrishCentral.com, the US-based Irish Web site that was launched in March 2009 and is now the leading Irish American Web site.

With more than 25 years of senior editorial experience in both print and online media, Kelly has created websites and social media strategies for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, the Irish charity GOAL and the original web space for The Irish Voice and Irish America magazine, all based in NYC.

Prior to switching to digital, Kelly worked at international newspaper titles including the Australian Financial Review (Fairfax) and Sydney Telegraph (News International) in Sydney, and the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent and Evening Herald (all INM) in Ireland.


Teaching Interests

Digital Journalism (content production and editing) Data-driven journalism (interactive graphs and images) Social media for storytelling, promotion, instant publishing, curation and audience engagement Seach engine optimization (SEO) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) Web analytics and metrics

Research Interests

Using new media spaces (Twitter, Facebok and Storify) in journalism and in the classroom Critiquing social media: How tools like Twitter can amplify mainstream bias

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
JRNL 001 MEDIA ETHICS Undergraduate
JRNL 010 JOURNALISM TOOLS Undergraduate
JRNL 011 NEWS WRITING AND REPORTING Undergraduate
JRNL 080 ONLINE JOURNALISM Undergraduate
JRNL 115 ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA Undergraduate
JRNL 150 INDEP STUDY/RDGS: JOURNALISM Undergraduate
JRNL 151 INDEP STUDY/RDGS: JOURNALISM Undergraduate
JRNL 170 INTERNSHIPS Undergraduate
JRNL 180T SPC TPC: SOC MED & PRES DEBATE Undergraduate
JRNL 199 DEPARTMENTAL HONORS Undergraduate
JRNL 215 ADVANCED DIGITAL JOURNALISM Graduate
JRNL 271 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP Graduate
JRNL 281 INDEPENDENT STUDY Graduate
JRNL 299 CAPSTONE PROJECT Graduate
JRNL 2115 ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA Graduate
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