Julie Smith | Webster University

Julie Smith

Julie Smith head shotPosition

Instructor; Media Communications and Digital Literacy


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Digital citizenship
  • How and why people share false information online (fake news)
  • Media literacy across the curriculum
  • Using technology to increase classroom engagement
  • Tools for verifying online information
  • Using social media in the classroom

Courses Taught

MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
MEDC 1630 Media Literacy
MEDC 4110 Media & Digital Culture
RELG 2401 Religion and the Arts: Media Culture


MS Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1997
BA Communication/Public Relations, University of Tulsa, 1990

Professional Experience

Julie Smith has been teaching in the Webster University School of Communications for more than 17 years and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 10 years. Her book, Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World, has helped make her a widely sought-after speaker at local, national and international conferences and workshops.


Huffington Post
Roanoke Times Sues Former Reporter For Taking Twitter Account to New Job

My Central Jersey, part of the USA Today Network
Paramus Native Fights Back against neo-Nazi site that blamed him for Manchester bombing

The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media

Webster University News
In the News: Smith Profiled for Social Media, Literacy Expertise
In the News: Smith on Social Media Usage and Depression
In the News: Smith on Barr Twitter Controversy
In the News: Smith on St. Louis on the Air Sept. 3, profiled for social media talk
In the News: Smith in USA Today, Radio 63119 on Social Media
Around Webster: Julie Smith publishes 'Master the Media' book for teachers, parents
In the News: Smith's Media Literacy Book in Library Bookwatch
In the News: Turner and Smith at Fox 2

Contact Information

Office phone 314-246-7086
E-mail or juliesmith05@webster.edu

Personal website Julie Smith

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updated 9/2018