Byung Lee receives social media grant

The associate professor of communications will spend two weeks at the Des Moines Register.

Byung Lee
Elon University School of Communications associate professor Byung Lee was named one of six members from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to receive a 2013-14 Scripps Howard Foundation/AEJMC Social Media Externship Grant.

The grant will allow Lee to spend two weeks this summer at the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa, learning how the professional news outlet uses social media in its work. Lee joins faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hofstra University, the University of Kansas, the University of Miami and Murray State University in the grant program.

Lee primarily teaches journalism courses in the School of Communications. Last semester he taught “Capstone: Great Ideas in Communication” and “Interactive Media.” He said he is interested in learning more about social media and analysis of mass data.

According to a release from AEJMC, a “second phase of the program provides funds for a professional from the media outlet to visit that professor’s campus for three to five days during the 2013-14 academic year. The professional will be available for a variety of activities while on campus, depending on the needs of the program.”

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