Leslie Walker is a veteran journalist and educator with extensive knowledge of Web publishing and Internet technologies. She teaches multimedia journalism and social media at the University of Maryland.
Leslie has been professionally involved in Web publishing since the mid-1990s, shortly after Tim Berners-Lee started the social media revolution by inventing the World Wide Web.
Currently, Leslie teaches courses in multimedia journalism, social media and media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. Her courses involve the tools, tactics and strategies of using emerging digital media, as well as their impacts on individuals, businesses and society.
Before becoming a college professor, Leslie worked as a technology columnist, business news reporter and Web editor for various newspapers. Her writings appeared frequently in scores of newspapers worldwide, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Seattle Times and many others.
Leslie received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She also holds a master's degree in English from the University of Virginia.
By Leslie Walker:
It is hard to overstate the impact the Internet and smart phones are having on people and society. What we call "social media" basically means that as media go digital, they are becoming increasingly social, allowing two-way communication and letting people connect in new ways.
I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat at the digital media transformation from its earliest days. I continue to marvel at how the Internet and digital media are changing society and its institutions, especially with the rapid rise of mobile computing and communication.
My goal in these pages is to demystify some of the jargon surrounding the "social media" explosion and to help people understand which trends matter most--and why.