108: Jeremy Shermak

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Jeremy Shermak about differentiating journalism from “the media,”  professional ethics, and both recognizing and accepting our biases.


Jeremy Shermak is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a college professor, media analyst, and journalist. He earned a B.S. in Informatics from Indiana University, an M.A. in Writing Pedagogy from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Shermak’s research interests include the use of social media during live coverage, including sports and weather events. For his thesis, he examined the use of Twitter by newspaper sports beat reporters during live-game events. His theoretical interests include spiral of silence, deliberative democracy, and uses and gratifications.


Troy A. Swanson is Teaching & Learning Librarian and Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College. Troy is the author or editor of several books and articles including co-editor of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information which received the Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award from ARCL’s Instruction Section.

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