Director of the Institute for New Media Studies
Nora Paul is an expert on new media and computer-assisted research. She was instrumental in the development of the World Press Institute’s transparency reporting initiative, serving as one the lead trainers beginning with the first seminar for journalism educators and practitioners in the spring of 2004.
Paul is the inaugural director of the Institute for New Media Studies, a journalism think tank at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Previously, she spent nine years at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she led programming efforts in the areas of news library management, computer-assisted research and new media leadership.
Prior to the Poynter Institute, Paul was the editor of information services at the Miami Herald, where she developed one of the early full-text electronic archives for news, brought in computer-assisted research and created a fee-based news research service for the public.
She is the author of “Computer Assisted Research: A guide to tapping online information,” co-author of “Great Scouts: Cyber-guides for Subject Searching on the Web” and “Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators,” and editor of “When Nerds and Words Collide: Reflections on the Development of Computer-Assisted Reporting.”
In addition to WPI, she is on the boards of the Online News Association, the Institute for Cyberinformation at Kent State University, the American Press Institute’s New Media Initiative and the University of South Carolina IFRA Newsplex project.