Audience Engagement Director - CNS

College/University: B.A., St. Norbert College; M.A. University of Maryland, College Park

Brooke Auxier is a Merrill College Ph.D. student who will be working with CNS as its audience engagement director during the 2016-2017 school year.

Auxier discovered her passion for social media and social journalism as a graduate student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. During her graduate studies, she held a social media internship at a cable television channel, developed a social media strategy for Capital News Service and tapped into her interests in both social media and education to conduct research and write her master’s thesis on how schools and colleges of journalism and mass communication in the United States teach and use social media.

As a Ph.D. student, she is interested in researching how social media—and the digital landscape as a whole – is changing the journalism industry and effecting how citizens consume, understand and evaluate news. She is especially interested in how social media and social journalism have impacted crisis reporting.