Jeremy Littau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Media and Journalism, Lehigh University.
Jeremy Littau has almost 10 years of experience in journalism after
working at newspapers of different sizes, specializing in editing and
writing both in print and online, most recently at the Los Angeles Daily
News until 2004. He earned his M.A. in journalism from Missouri in 2007
and his PhD in journalism from Missouri in 2009, using his thesis and
dissertation to better understand citizen journalism and online
communities. While at Missouri, he helped launch MyMissourian.com, one
of the first citizen journalism sites in the U.S. and the first ever
launched within the university system as a vehicle for both practical
experience and research.
Jeremy researches new media use in journalism, with a special emphasis
personal-network approaches to information flow via such platforms as
social media and user-generated media known as participatory journalism.
His particular area of interest is the construction of online
communities, and his concept “Web-network social capital” has been used
to demonstrate how online communities both function and are maintained.
His teaching focuses on multiplatform storytelling that combines
traditional forms such as writing and video on Web platforms while
taking advantage of social media tools that enhance the newsgathering
and story production process.