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Edson Tandoc
Associate Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD and Masters by Research Programmes at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 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. 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.

Research Statement

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. 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.

Research One-liner

He studies the impact of new technologies on how news is produced and used.

Publications

Tandoc, E., Lim, Z. W., & Ling, R. (2018). Defining “fake news:” A typology of scholarly definitions. Digital Journalism, 6(2), 137-153. doi:10.1080/21670811.2017.1360143

Tandoc, E. (2014). Journalism is twerking? How web analytics is changing the process of gatekeeping. New Media & Society, 16(4), 559-575. doi:10.1177/1461444814530541

Tandoc, E., Ferrucci, P., & Duffy, M. (2015). Facebook use, envy, and depression among college students: Is facebooking depressing? Computers in Human Behavior, 43(2015), 139-146. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.10.053

Latest Projects
  • Defining, Determining, and Dealing with Deliberate Online Falsehoods in Singapore (SSRC Grant)
  • Fake vs. fact: The rise of fact-checking in Asia (Tier 1 Grant)
  • Is Correction Fluid? How to Make Fact-Checks On WhatsApp More Effective (WhatsApp Research Award)
Advice to young researchers

I consider myself as a junior researcher. I think I still have many things to learn and many questions to answer. I am fortunate to come across excellent mentors and colleagues at NTU. I learn a lot from interacting with them.

Other affiliation(s)

Expert Areas
Fake News, journalism, Social Media

Research Interests
Fake News, journalism, Social Media

Research Category
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Communication Studies, Internet & Communications, Sociology
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
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GOAL 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS – Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
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Last Updated
17 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020