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Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.

Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.

Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also an Associate Editor of Digital Journalism, the Chair of the Newspaper and Online News Division (NOND) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the incoming Secretary of the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

His research focuses on the sociology of message construction in the context of digital journalism. He has conducted studies on the construction of news and social media messages. His studies about influences on journalists have focused on the impact of journalistic roles, new technologies, and audience feedback on the various stages of the news gatekeeping process. For example, he has done some work on how journalists use web analytics in their news work and with what effects. This stream of research has led him to study journalism from the perspective of news consumers as well, investigating how readers make sense of critical incidents in journalism and take part in reconsidering journalistic norms and how changing news consumption patterns facilitate the spread of fake news.

He earned his undergraduate journalism degree from the University of the Philippines (Summa cum Laude) and his master of mass communication degree from the Nanyang Technological University, where he was awarded the Media Development Authority Award (top MMC graduate). He also worked as a newspaper journalist for six years prior to his doctoral studies.
Research Interests
media gatekeeping, journalism studies, web analytics, social media, fake news
Current Projects
  • Assessing Social Media Literacy in Singapore
  • Defining, Determining, and Dealing with Deliberate Online Falsehoods in Singapore
  • Diffusion of News in an Age of Personal and Portable Interactive Devices
  • Displacing the media displacement hypothesis: Are social media displacing traditional sources of news? Evidence from Singapore
  • Fake vs. fact: The rise of fact-checking in Asia
  • From Print to Digital: Re-Defining Narrativity for Interactive Digital Media
  • Is Correction Fluid? How to Make Fact-Checks On WhatsApp More Effective
  • PONdER: Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy
Selected Publications
  • Tandoc, E., Ling, R., Westlund, O., Duffy, A., Goh, D., & Lim, Z. W. (2018). Audiences’ acts of authentication in the age of fake news: A conceptual framework. New Media and Society, 20(8), 2745–2763.
  • Tandoc, E & Maitra, J. (2018). News organizations’ use of Native Videos on Facebook: Tweaking the journalistic field one algorithm change at a time. New Media & Society, 20(5), 1679–1696.
  • Tandoc, E. (2018). 5 ways BuzzFeed is preserving (or transforming) the journalistic field. Journalism, 19(2), 200-216.
  • Tandoc, E., Lim, Z., & Ling, R. (2018). Defining “fake news:" A typology of scholarly definitions. Digital Journalism, 6(2), 137-153.
  • Tandoc, E. (2018). Tell me who your sources are: Perceptions of news credibility on social media. Journalism Practice, Online First.

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