Ph.D. 2012, Mass Communications, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Communication and Media Technologies, Rochester Institute of Technology
B.S., English Education, Liberty University
I am professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Human Computer Interaction and ICAT Institute. I am interested in how technology innovations impact the news industry. As an HCI researcher, I’ve worked on designs for civic and information apps that help to support citizen engagement with news content. As a social scientist, I use an experimental approach to study how people interact with news and information technologies.
My current work is focussed on understanding how to combat misinformation on social networks. I also look at how place-based and interest-based communities use social media to support their personal and community goals.
I began my career in journalism working first as a freelance writer for a local outdoor news magazine and later as a reporter and assistant editor for The Nelson County Times (Amherst, VA).
Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, I worked as a researcher in the Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning Lab at Penn State where my work was focused on developing and testing mobile and web-based applications that support local news and community service organizations.
Mike is an avid fisherman, hunter and hiker. When at home, he can be found “geeking out” on technology of all types. He enjoys working with computers and open source software and restoring antique tube radios.