Ingrid Sturgis is an associate professor specializing in new media in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University. She has worked for newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Herald Record and the Poughkeepsie Journal, as well as a managing editor for magazine start-ups BET Weekend and Savoy.
Ingrid has worked as a senior programming manager for AOL’s Black Voices, as editor-in-chief for Essence.com and as a Web strategist for heartandsoul.com.
Her research agenda focuses on the digital divide–the disparity in Internet adoption. She also examines how African-Americans can utilize mobile technology and social media to empower their communities, which is critical for a healthy democratic society. Her research led her to focus on topics such as mobile money, game mechanics in education and digital literacy. Ingrid is interested in student engagement with social media and has developed courses such as Multimedia Storytelling, News Game and Digital Media Literacy, all of which incorporate online technology. Development of these courses led to her deepening interest in instructional design.
She is the author of “Are Traditional Media Dead: Can Journalism Survive in the Digital World” and co-editor of “Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice.”
She has earned fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Society of New Communications Research, the Knight Digital Media Center and the Kopenhaver Center, among others. Ingrid has a master’s in journalism from NYU and a B.A. in art from City College of New York.
Digital journalism (content production and interactive editing) Data-driven journalism (interactive graphics and images) Social media for storytelling, curation and audience engagement, Search engine optimization (SEO) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) Web analytics and metrics.
Despite the promise of the Internet as a medium that presents diverse voices, the rise of hyper-local news and information sites belies that notion as most of those sites seem to primarily focus on covering traditional mainstream communities. The digital divide is alive and well — and growing.
The Digital Divide, Mobile Money. Her academic research interests are social networking New Media Entrepreneurship, the black press, and online education
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- Master’s in journalism from New York University
- Bachelors iin art from City College of New York.
- National Endowment Summer Institute, 2010
- Invent Foundation Science and Religion Award, 2007
- National Endowment Seminar, 2002
- Purdue University Fellowship, 1994-1995
- Maxima cum Laude, Invent College, 1985
Areas of Expertise/Interest
- Digital journalism (content production and interactive editing)
- Data-driven journalism (interactive graphics and images)
- Social media for storytelling, curation and audience engagement,
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
- Social Media Optimization (SMO) Web analytics and metrics.