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Sharon Meraz completed her dissertation in the department of Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin, on the networked political blogosphere and mass media. During her graduate career, she was the recipient of several academic fellowships and awards based on her career interests in emergent new media and social network influence. Her interdisciplinary research interests center on the political impact of new media such as blogs, amateur video, and mobile technologies on political communication and citizen political engagement. Her interests also include studying the impact of these technologies on the evolution of traditional mass media industry. She co-authored Women, Men and News: Divided and Disconnected in the News Media Landscape, and published several book chapters on social media and citizen media. Meraz taught classes on participatory journalism and citizen media at the University of Texas, Austin, and comes to academia after a career in the information technology industry, where she developed software and database applications.


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