Ingrid Sturgis is an Assistant Professor specializing in new media in the Department of Journalism at Howard University. Ingrid has exceptional knowledge of Web technologies and social media and has developed multimedia content and curriculum for world-class interactive experiences. She began working in interactive media in 1985 as a member of the New York Time’s videotext project. She has worked online since 2001, most recently as a Web strategist for heartandsoul.com. She also worked as a senior programming manager for AOL’s Black Voices and as editor in chief at Essence.com. Previously, she worked as a managing editor for magazine startups BET Weekend and Savoy. Ingrid also has worked for several newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Herald Record and the Poughkeepsie Journal. She is the author of “The Nubian Wedding Book: Words and Rituals to Celebrate and Plan an African-American Wedding,” the anthologies “Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother,” and “Are Traditional Media Dead: Can Journalism Survive in the Digital World.” Sturgis received a B.A. in art from City College of New York and a master’s in journalism from NYU. Her research interests include social media, mobile money, multimedia news entrepreneurship, the black press, the digital divide, analytics and online education. Her research aims to increase how Blacks and other unrepresented groups can utilize social media to empower their communities. She is frequently sought as a speaker or panelist at conferences and seminars on social media.