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Jeff South

Associate Professor and Director
journalism and Undergraduate Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
United States Virgin Islands


Jeff South joined the Richard T. Robertson School and Media and Culture’s faculty in August 1997.He directs the school’s Capital News Service program, in which undergraduate journalism students cover the General Assembly and other aspects of state government for news media throughout Virginia. At the graduate level, South teaches computer-assisted reporting — how journalists can use computers to gather and analyze information.From 1989 to mid-1997, South worked at the Austin American-Statesman — first as state editor, then as database editor. In the latter capacity, he directed the paper’s efforts at online research and data analysis. While serving as database editor, he developed a class in computer-assisted reporting at the University of Texas. South has since presented CAR seminars for the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., and other groups.

Research Interest

data analysis


  • "Legitimizing Wikipedia: How US national newspapers frame and use the online encyclopedia in their coverage M Messner, J South - Journalism Practice, 2011 - Taylor & Francis"

  • "Slow Journalism and the out of Eden Walk D Belt, J South - Digital Journalism, 2016 - Taylor & Francis"

  • "The Fallibility of School Quality Data J South, L Abrams - Ver 1.0 Workshop Proceedings, 2006 -"

  • " Crowdsourcing the Worlds T Bajkiewicz, J South - Great VCU Bike Race Book, 2016 -"

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