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Laura E. Davis


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Publishing news across platforms means earning trust across platforms

Whether they like it or not, most journalists working today know two things: Trust in journalism is down, and people are getting news across many platforms. What may be less known but is still often… → Read More

Introducing Amy the Stylebot – Media Center Lab –

She’s an Annenberg Media Slackbot available to help USC students with copy editing. → Read More

Show your work » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Be authentic by being more honest about what you know and what you don't. It's a small part of all things we can do, but it's something we can do now — and frankly should have been doing all along." → Read More

Meet the Bots Reporting on the Republican and Democratic Conventions

This year at the Republican and Democratic national conventions, there are new reporters on the ground. Yes, surely, there are new human journalists (including the ones I’m leading from the University of Southern California), but there are also those that are not human and are not journalists. → Read More

Just tell a story » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Newsrooms needed social media and mobile editors, but it’s time to move past the part where reporters do one chunk of work and leave the rest to the various experts. That expertise shouldn’t be hoarded by one desk." → Read More

As trail reopens, we recall edits to the Hollywood sign: Save the Pood?

A hiking path reopened Monday offering superb views of the Hollywood sign. As visitors flock to the trail, they might want to remember those who have gone before them -- some of whom have tampered with the sign. → Read More

Bill Clinton to George W. Bush: How are you not on Twitter yet?

Political parties aren't the only thing dividing former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. One is on Twitter, the other on Instagram. Is there any hope for bipartisan social media? Clinton congratulated Bush on his new book on Twitter even though the 43rd president isn't on the social network, a fact that the 42nd president pointed out with a hashtag. > — Bill Clinton (@billclinton)… → Read More

Internet has a hard time accepting that Hello Kitty isn't a cat

The Internet rarely overlooks a cat story, and this week was no exception. After The Times' Carolina A. Miranda wrote a story on Tuesday about an upcoming Hello Kitty exhibition that included the tidbit from a curator that Hello Kitty was not a cat, people responded with shock and dismay on social media. “Hello Kitty cat” spiked from just 24 Twitter mentions on Monday to more than 85,000 on Thursday… → Read More

2 reporters detained in Ferguson, Mo.: Here's how the arrests unfolded

Journalists from the Washington Post and the Huffington Post were detained for less than an hour by police in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday amid continuing tensions following the police killing of an unarmed man. Wesley Lowery, who is a former L.A. Times reporter, and Ryan J. Reilly were tweeting about police entering a McDonald's just before their accounts went silent for a period. Reilly later said… → Read More

The story behind the viral photo of the '1 Minute Parking' sign

It was a sign that embodied L.A. traffic: “1 Minute Parking.” There it was, on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood. Not graffiti, not a movie prop. It was real-life proof that what we Angelenos faced on the roads was beyond comprehension unless you'd actually lived it. At a glance, it showed L.A. as the epitome of gridlock and an endless search for parking spaces. Even if you didn’t live here, you… → Read More

Ft. Hood shooting: Watch how the news spread on Twitter

As news broke on Wednesday about a shooter at Ft. Hood who killed three and wounded 16 before killing himself, chatter about the event developed on Twitter. A map Twitter provided to the "Today" show shows where and how much people were talking about the incident. The map displays the volume of geo-tagged tweets that were published over a five-hour span, starting at about an hour before the shooting… → Read More

Colin Powell's Throwback Thursday selfie: 'Eat your heart out Ellen!'

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell got in the Throwback Thursday fun on Facebook with a vintage selfie -- one that was taken long before selfies became a thing. → Read More

Throwback Thursday: The story behind stars' handprints in Hollywood

If you've ever been to the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Mann's, originally Grauman's), you've probably walked over the handprints and footprints of Hollywood stars imprinted in the concrete. They're a big tourist draw — you can see the stars' signatures and compare your hand size to that of the people you see on the big screen — but the very first one was an accident. → Read More

Throwback Thursday: A Christian nightclub on the 1970s Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip isn’t exactly the place where religious values have flourished, but back in the 1970s, it was home to the nation’s first Christian nightclub. → Read More

Throwback Thursday: Fabulous photos of Oscars past (and one nude guy)

The Academy Awards: a time to get dressed up, get your photo taken and party with thousands of your closest friends. → Read More

Sochi Olympics: Talking figure skating fashion with designer Nick Verreos

If you’re watching any of the figure skating or ice dancing events at the Sochi Olympics this year, you may not remember what a figure skater’s jumps and spins look like after her routine. But, thanks to sequins, sparkle and some <ahem> creativity, you can probably recall some of the costumes you saw on the ice. → Read More

Throwback Thursday: Michael Jackson look-alikes rock their best '80s looks

On June 19, 1984, 17-year-old Eric Evans donned a pair of "cooler-than-cool aviator sunglasses" and a sequined glove and strutted his stuff on stage. → Read More

'Not impressed' Ashley Wagner is the new McKayla Maroney

U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner didn't like the score she got for her short program in the team figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday. → Read More

Happy 10th birthday, Facebook: Like or dislike, you changed my life

Happy birthday, Facebook. You’re turning 10 today, but I still remember when you were just a baby. When I could only be a part of the site with my .edu email address — and I couldn't even connect with my friends back home because their colleges didn’t have access yet. → Read More

Chinese New Year 2014: How are you celebrating the Year of the Horse?

Celebrations begin Friday in China to welcome the Year of the Horse. The official seven-day holiday is marked by parades, prayers – and usually pyrotechnics. But things are a bit different this year. → Read More