Writing

Selection of peer-reviewed publications

Wearable technologies and journalism ethics: Students' perceptions of Google Glass

I managed this qualitative study of student journalism impressions of Google Glass. Through a mixed methods approach, I analyzed over 80 student Qualtrics survey responses and led several focus groups to answer questions about the students intention to use and perceived value of wearable technologies for journalistic reporting. Using SPSS I coded multiple themes related to the wearable devices.

Impact:

This research was published in a top tier journalism academic journal. I was also invited to be a keynote speaker at the ACM Conference on Design of Communication and also invited to be a key panelist at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication related to user perceptions and wearable technologies.

The findings were also used as the basis for creating a hands-on technology fair for journalism Juniors and Seniors at an R1 institution. As a part of the technology fair, students were provided the opportunity to visit multiple rooms with booths and mini hands-on training sessions led by faculty and student peers. The technologies ranged from audio, photo, video and wearables, offering students in a variety of specializations access to peer experts in a low stakes training environment.

Citations:

Ware, J. (2018). Wearable technologies and journalism ethics: Students' perceptions of Google Glass. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, 8(1), 17-24. https://aejmc.us/spig/2018/wearable-technologies/

Ware, J. (2014, September). Social norms influence student journalists' perception of wearable technologies. ACM Conference on Design of Communication. Colorado Springs, Co. ACM SIGDOC. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2666216.2666238

Ware, J. (2014, August). Student journalists and Google Glass: Two case studies of student journalists and new technologies. AEJMC, Montreal, Canada.

From a friend: You've got to watch this!

I managed this quantitative content analysis of TV news online web pages to research what kinds of sharing links were made available to users for sharing video news content and what kinds of information those sharing tools contained. Using qualtrics and SPSS I developed the code book, examined frequencies, distributions, and bivariate analysis. A content analysis of US local TV news websites was conducted in 2010 and again in 2015 to research automated message patterns, link accuracy, and social sharing options of 666 news videos. Major findings indicated that while several social sharing options were available, the majority of email links and social links sent through the sharing tools and posted to social platforms were spam-like in nature and did not accurately communicate information about the story or content. This finding was consistent across social links on several platforms. Many of the email messages contained the subject line "From a friend. You've got to Watch This!"

Impact:

This work was published in a top tier academic journal. I've also provided training and led talks related to the screencapture technique I created in order to study and archive the online materials for analysis. The article also includes practical strategies for web development teams to implement related to social sharing tools on journalism websites to increase tool functionality.

Citation:

Ware, J. (2017). From a friend: You’ve got to watch this! Electronic News. First Published 6/29/2017. doi: 10.1177/1931243117716499

Improving K-12 pedagogy via a cloud designed for education

I worked as a team member on this qualitative case study of the use of North Carolina State University's Virtual Computing Lab for the delivery of geometry software to 1:1 laptop high school districts in North Carolina. In this case study, we interviewed IT managers at the high school districts and analyzed the interviews for themes. Several themes emerged during the coding of the interviews, including privacy concerns, licensing questions, implementation strategies and others. This was a multi-year grant project with a variety of deliverables and areas of inquiry.

Impact:

This peer-reviewed and published article provided a better understanding about the benefits of cloud computing within educational settings. As a part of the Scaling UP STEM Learning, National Science Foundation grant, the team was able to explore the use of the cloud over multiple years, and work with the IT managers when evaluating privacy, network and computer issues. Through our interviews and regular communication with IT managers at the school districts over multiple years, three of the four school districts ended up using the cloud for deployment of the software. In the first year of the grant, only one of the four chose to use the cloud for deployment.

Citation: Stein, S., Ware, J., Laboy, J. & Schaffer, H. (2012, September). "Improving K-12 pedagogy via a cloud designed for education." International Journal of Information Management, 32(5). doi: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2012.07.009