Contact information

Jeremy Littau
Lehigh University
Department of Journalism and Communication
33 Coppee Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Office: (610) 758-6520
E-mail: 
jeremy.littau@lehigh.edu
Twitter: @
jeremylittau

Education

  • University of Missouri: Ph.D. Journalism (2009) The virtual social capital of online communities: Media use and motivations as predictors of online and offline engagement via six measures of community strength.
  • University of Missouri: M.A. Journalism (2007). Citizen Journalism and Community Building: Predictive Measures of Social Capital Generation.
  • Biola University: B.A. Communication, journalism emphasis (1997).

Teaching Experience

Lehigh University, assistant professor of journalism and communication (2009-present)

  • Media and Society (COMM 030)
  • Multimedia Storytelling (JOUR 230)
  • The Culture of the Internet (JOUR 325)
  • New Media and Social Change (JOUR 325)
  • Visual Communication (JOUR 024)
  • Brown & White Video (JOUR 012)

University of Missouri, graduate instructor (2004-09)

  • Online Journalism (graduate students only – online course)
  • News (basic news writing)
  • Principles of American Journalism
  • Online Journalism (crosslisted with graduate and undergraduate students)

Biola University, adjunct professor of journalism (2001-03)

  • Principles of Editing and Design
  • Feature Writing
  • Principles of Information Gathering

Professional Experience

  • 2000-2004: Los Angeles Daily News: Sports copy editor/page designer; also supervised the desk on occasion in this role.
  • 1999-2000: Nevada Appeal: Sports editor; also functioned as part-time reporter in this role and did occasional Web work as part of editing duties.
  • 1998-1999: The Daily Democrat: Sports reporter; also functioned as a weekend editor in this role.

Publications

Book Chapters

Littau, J., Gardner, E., & Thorson, E. (In Press, 2016). The Impact of News “Voice” on Adolescent Political Efficacy. In E. Thorson, M. McKinney, & D. Shah (Eds), Political Socialization in a Media Saturated World. New York: Peter Lang.

Bentley, C., Hamman, B., Littau, J., Watson, B., & Welsh, B. (2006). Citizen journalism: A case study. In M. Tremayne (Ed.). Blogging, citizenship and the future of media (1 ed., pp. 312): Routledge.

Book Chapter Sections

Littau, J., & Slagle, M. (2007). For God and country: The media and national security. In P. Paterson & L. Wilkins (Eds.), Media ethics: Issues and cases (pp. 200-202). New York: McGraw Hill.

Journal articles

Stewart, D., Littau, J. (In Press, June 2016). Up, Periscope: Mobile Streaming Video Technologies, Privacy in Public, and the Right to Record. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Littau, J., Jahng, M. (accepted for publication, April 2016). Interactivity, Social Presence, and Journalistic Use of Twitter. #ISOJ, 6(1), 71-90.

Littau, J. (2016). Participatory news websites feature more opinion pieces. Newspaper Research Journal, 37(1), 70-81.

Jahng, M.R., Littau, J. (2016). Interacting is believing: Interactivity, social cue, and perceptions of journalistic credibility on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(1), 38-58.

Littau, J. (2015). Time to “get” religion? An analysis of religious literacy among journalism students. Journal of Media and Religion, 14(3), 145-159.

Littau, J., Stewart, D. (2015). “Truthiness” and second-level agenda setting: Satire news and its influence on perceptions of television news credibility. Electronic News, 9(2), 122-136.

Littau, J. (2014). Web-network social capital: Exploring network actions and benefits for online community members. Community Journalism, 3(1), 46-71.

Brown, C., Hendrickson, E., & Littau, J. (2014). New Opportunities for Diversity: Twitter, Journalists and Traditionally Underserved Communities. Journal of Social Media Studies, 1(1), 1-16.

Sternadori, M. & Littau, J. (2012). With a little help from my friends: Motivations and patterns in social media use and their influence on perceptions of teaching possibilities. Journal of Media Education, 3(2), 5-20.

Wise, K., Eckler, P., Kononova, A., & Littau, J. (2009). Exploring the hardwired for news hypothesis: How threat proximity affects the cognitive and emotional processing of health-related print news. Communication Studies, 60(3), 268-287.

Conference papers

Jahng, R. & Littau, J. (2014). Gender, social cue and interactivity in social media: Investigation of journalists’ social media use and credibility. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Montreal. (awarded top poster)

Littau, J. & Sciora, A. (2012). #OCCUPYNEWS: Participatory media, networked movements and change in the media agenda. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago, IL

Sternadori, M. & Littau, J. (2011). With a Little Help from My Friends: Motivations and Patterns in Social Media Use and Their Influence on Perceptions of Teaching Possibilities. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO.

Brown-Smith, C., Hendrickson, E., & Littau, J. (2011). New Opportunities For Diversity: Twitter, Journalists and Traditionally Underserved Communities. Paper presented at the International Symposium for Online Journalism, Austin, TX.

Littau, J. (2010). Bowling online: ‘Web-network’ social capital as a new way of understanding distance engagement. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Denver, CO.

Littau, J., Brown-Smith, C., Hendrickson, E., & Oyedeji, T. (2010). Curated creativity: Motivations and agendas influencing the relationship between Twitter use and blog productivity. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Denver, CO.

Littau, J., Thorson, E., & Oh, Hyun Jee (2010). The Role of Two New Measures of Media Use in Political Socialization Responses on Youth.” Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Singapore.

Littau, J., Gardner, E., Thorson, E. (2009). The Impact of News “Voice” on Adolescent Political Efficacy. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, MA. (awarded second-place paper)

Thorson, E., Meyer, H., Littau, J., & Jahng, M. (2009). Political news: Antecedents and consequences of use. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Alhabash, S., Littau, J., Wise, K., Eckler, P., & Kononova, A. (2009). The “face” of Facebook: Emotional responses during social networking. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Kononova, A., Wise, K., Littau, J., Alhabash, S., & Eckler, P. (2009). Cognitive and emotional processing while navigating CNN.com. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Eckler, P., Wise, K., Kononova, A., Littau, J., & Alhabash, S. (2009). Motivational activation during online shopping. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Littau, J., Mason, D. (2008). Time to “get” religion? An analysis of religious literacy among journalism students. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.

Stewart, C., Littau, J. (2008). “Truthiness” and satire news: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and television news credibility. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.

Wise, K., Eckler, P., Kononova, A., Littau, J. (2008). Processing fear and risk in health messages. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Montreal.

Littau, J. (2007). Content differences for an online newspaper site and its citizen journalism publication. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C. (winner of top student paper)

Littau, J., Thorson, E., Bentley, C. (2007). Citizen journalism and community building: Predictive measures of social capital generation. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.

Bentley, C., Meyer, H., Littau, J. (2007). Citizen Journalism and the TMC: User content as a driver for a free newspaper. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.

Bentley, C., Hamman, B., Ibold, H., Littau, J., & Meyer, H. (2006). Sense of community as a driver for citizen journalism. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA.

Bentley, C., Littau, J., Hamman, B., Meyer, H., Welsh, B., & Watson, B. (2005). The citizen journalism movement: MyMissourian as a case study. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Antonio, TX.

Consulting

  • “Indexing Community Information Needs in a Democracy” with Esther Thorson and Hans K. Meyer for the Knight Foundation. Put together a presentation and checklist for community leaders concerning community needs and information needs. The information was presented in a seminar to attendees.

Conferences and Professional Development

  • “Journalism in the Service of Democracy” summit at the Paley Center in New York City, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Knight Foundation, January 2008.
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conventions
    • Chicago (2008): Gave a panel research presentation and a research poster presentation.
    • Washington D.C. (2007): Gave two panel research presentations and a research poster presentation.
    • San Francisco (2006): Participated in a research poster session.
    • San Antonio (2005): Participated in a research poster session.
  • International Communication Association conference
    • Montreal (2008): Co-presented a research paper for a panel
  • Intern, Whittier Daily News, October 1997-January 1997. Worked on the city desk writing feature stories and occasional spot news.
  • Summer Institute in Journalism (1996): A six-week program that offered intensive training in journalism, only 15 students selected from 90 member schools nationwide. Sponsored by the Christian College Coalition, held in Washington, D.C.

Service/Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2004-present).
  • Member, International Communication Association (2007-present).
  • Journalism school representative, Graduate Professional Council, University of Missouri (2005-2006).
  • Member, Society of Professional Journalists (1998-2004).
  • Adviser, The Chimes student newspaper at Biola University (2002-2004).

Speaking Appearances

  • “God Goes Digital” panelist for “Teaching Religion & Media: Best practices and models for the 21st century” pre-convention seminar at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention, August 5, 2008. Sponsored by AEJMC Council of Affiliates, Religion Newswriters Association, and the Center on Religion & the Professions (University of Missouri).
  • “Assessing the Credibility of News Items Posted on Facebook” guest speaker in March 2008 to Dr. Clyde Bentley’s Online Journalism class.
  • “Citizen Journalism and the Future of Journalism” guest speaker in April 2007 to Dr. Stephanie Craft’s Principles of American Journalism class.
  • “Citizen Journalism and the Future of Journalism” guest speaker in March 2007 to Prof. Carrie Brown’s Principles of American Journalism class.
  • “MyMissourian and Research: What We’ve Learned About Citizen Journalism So Far” speaker in September 2007 to a Missouri School of Journalism brown bag seminar session.
  • “Using Citizen Journalism to Build Better Communities” guest speaker in April 2006 to Dr. Clyde Bentley’s Online Journalism class.

Awards, Honors and Scholarships

  • Second Place Paper, Mass Communication And Society Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in Boston, MA (2009)
  • Top Student Paper, Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in Washington, D.C. (2007)
  • Member of Kappa Tau Alpha honors society, Missouri chapter.
  • O.O. McIntyre Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2006-2009.
  • Laura Stephens Harris Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2006-2009.
  • Rose Van Dine Memorial Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2006-2009.
  • Third Place in On-the-Spot Sports Coverage contest, California Interscholastic Press Association, 1995.
  • Academic Scholarship, Biola University, 1993-1997.

Academic Interests

  • Practical interests
    • Media and politics
    • Media and religion
    • Sports journalism
  • Research interests
    • New media
    • Citizen journalism and participatory media
    • Blogging
    • Integration of user-generated content with professionally produced journalism
    • Use of media for community action and community building

Courses Taken

Research tools/statistics

  • Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
  • Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
  • Introduction to Educational Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods I (Regression Analysis)
  • Quantitative Methods II (Analysis of Variance)
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • Structural Equation Modeling

Theory and research

  • Theories of Communication
  • Philosophy of Journalism
  • Theories of Society
  • Dynamics of Social Change
  • Community Social Structure

Seminar

  • Mass Media Seminar
  • Doctoral Proseminar I
  • Doctoral Proseminar II
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Doctoral Research Seminar

Practical courses in areas of research interest

  • Online Journalism
  • Literature of Journalism
  • Communication Law

Skills and Activities

Technical skills

  • Knowledgeable in the following computer programs
    • QuarkXPress
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • NewsEdit
    • PageSpeed layout and pagination system (DTI)
    • Adobe InDesign
    • Dreamweaver
    • iMovie
    • WordPress blogging software
  • Knowledgeable in the following programming languages
    • HTML
    • PHP

Activities

  • Co-founder of the Doctoral Student Symposia at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The program consists of monthly sessions run by doctoral students to better connect doctoral students with others in their areas of scholarship and research interests. A secondary goal is to pass on institutional knowledge about the program so that students feel more prepared as they enter the Ph.D. program.
  • Preparing Future Faculty at University of Missouri (2008-09 academic year). The program uses seminars and mentoring to help doctoral students prepare for the responsibilities of being faculty members. Admission to the program is by application, with about 20 students accepted per year.
  • Co-founder of MyMissourian.com, a field experiment in launching a citizen journalism product. The site served as both a practical attempt at citizen journalism as well as a vehicle for research. The site started in 2004 and still is an active media product.
  • Co-author on The Cyberbrains, a blog devoted to thinking about research and new media in journalism (http://www.thecyberbrains.com).
  • Contributor for God, Media and More, a blog about the convergence of journalism and religion (http://godmediamore.missouri.edu).
  • Mail-in contest judge for Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual awards in 2001.