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Media advisory: New media expert available to speak on crowd sourcing in Boston attacks aftermath

Mon, 04/22/2013

LAWRENCE — Hyunjin Seo, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, is available to speak about social media, new media, crowd sourcing and how they played a role in the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent search for suspects.

On April 15, bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 150 people. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, citizens and media alike took to social media to report news of the attacks, alert loved ones whether they were affected by the blasts and to share information on the event. In the following week social media played a large role in gathering information on the suspects and reporting on the nearly unprecedented manhunt that unfolded, shutting down the majority of Boston for nearly a full day.

Seo is an expert in digital media, network analysis and strategic communication. She has done research on how internet connectivity and social media played a role in the Arab Spring uprisings and on flash mobs both as an Internet phenomenon and how they unfold in society.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or by email.

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