Ingrid Sturgis


Ingrid Sturgis, an assistant chair and associate professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University, is "fully connected." Firmly rooted in traditional and digital journalism, she has worked as a copy editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Herald Record, and the Poughkeepsie Journal, and as a managing editor for magazine start-ups BET Weekend and Savoy. Ingrid began working in interactive media in 1985 as a member of the New York Times' videotext project. She has worked online as senior programming manager for AOL's Black Voices, as editor-in-chief for, and as a Web strategist for and

Consequently, digital media has become the focus of Ingrid's work, which examines the digital divide and how mobile adoption will impact minority communities. It primarily aims to examine how Blacks and other unrepresented groups can utilize mobile technology and social media to empower their communities, which is critical for a healthy democratic society. Her research interests also encompasses mobile money, game mechanics in education, new media entrepreneurship, the black press and digital literacy. Ingrid is part of team at Howard University that developed "," a student-created digital network for fact-checking and investigating claims about the African-American community. 

Ingrid has received fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Knight Digital Media Center, the Dow Jones News Fund and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. She is regularly invited to present at national and regional conferences and has advised a variety of organizations on social media strategy. She has taught courses such as Multimedia Storytelling, News Game and Digital Media Literacy. 

She is the author of "Are Traditional Media Dead: Can Journalism Survive in the Digital World," and she is a contributor to the digital textbook "Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship."

Ingrid has a master's in journalism from New York University and a B.A. in art from City College of New York. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program at Howard University.

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