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Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

Seth C. Lewis is the founding holder of the Shirley Papé Chair in Electronic Media, in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

Before joining the UO in 2016, he was associate professor and Mitchell V. Charnley Faculty Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He has held visiting appointments with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and Stanford University’s Program in Science, Technology & Society, and is a former US Fulbright Scholar to Spain.

His award-winning research explores the digital transformation of journalism, with emphasis on the social implications of media technologies for the dynamics of media work and innovation. His present work focuses on three areas: the interplay of humans and machines in news, such as in the rise of artificial intelligence and automation in journalism; the role of reciprocity in the changing dynamics among journalists, audiences, and communities; and the social dimensions of journalism and its boundaries. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, theories, and methods, Lewis has published some 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, covering a range of sociotechnical phenomena—from big data and open-source software, to social media and digital audience analytics.

Lewis is a two-time winner of the International Communication Association’s award for Outstanding Article of the Year in Journalism Studies — in 2016 for the article “Actors, Actants, Audiences, and Activities in Cross-Media News Work,” and in 2013 for “The Tension Between Professional Control and Open Participation: Journalism and its Boundaries,” as well as an honorable mention distinction in 2014 for “Open Source and Journalism: Toward New Frameworks for Imagining News Innovation.”

He edited a 2015 special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Digital Journalism on the subject of “Journalism in an Era of Big Data,” co-edited the 2015 book Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices and Participation (published by Routledge), and his 2012 co-authored article on journalists’ use of Twitter is the most-cited article in the 16-year history of Journalism Studies.

Lewis is on the editorial board of New Media & Society, the top-ranked journal in Communication (according to Google Scholar), as well as the editorial boards of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Social Media + Society, and Digital Journalism, among several others. He reviews grant proposals for funding agencies internationally, and has given invited lectures at a number of leading universities.

Beginning as a 16-year-old reporter for The Outlook in Gresham, Oregon, Lewis previously worked as a journalist for several news organizations, including as Assistant Sports Editor at The Miami Herald.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication, Shirley Papé Chair in Electronic Media, University of Oregon