Washington Post Social Media Editor to Deliver Richard E. Moore Lecture at N.C. A&T

GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 26, 2018) – An award-winning editor whose online leadership has boosted The Washington Post’s performance in social media will deliver the Richard E. Moore Lecture in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Thursday, April 12.

Social media/embedded audience editor Gene Park has charted new ground over the past three years for the Post, working with newsroom colleagues to enhance online content presentation and leading new engagement on social platforms. He is embedded in the Post’s Opinions, Outlook and PostEverthing sections, and often contributes as a writer, as well.

But it is his work on Reddit, where he serves as “the voice of The Washington Post,” that has drawn particular praise in journalism circles. That quirky, sometimes controversial platform has grown into the sixth-most heavily trafficked website in the world, with 542 million monthly viewers, and Park’s engagement there was a major reason why Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Journalism Lab predicted 2018 would be “the year of The Washington Post.”

Born in Guam, Park earned a journalism degree from California State University-Fullerton before launching his career at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He later moved to Huffington Post-Hawaii as its debut social media editor and then to Honolulu’s Civil Beat to serve as community manager. He left Hawaii in 2015 to join the Post, where he has carved out a special role in helping to frame the news organization’s content for maximum impact in the digital space, adding momentum to the Post’s ascent as an increasingly influential and profitable medium. 

His work won second place last fall in the North America Digital Media Awards for Best in Social Media Engagement, and he is currently nominated for a Shorty Award, a national competition that honors the best content creators and producers on social media. Park is also president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Merrick Hall in the Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Room 125. In addition to the lecture, the department will award $1,000 scholarships to two journalism and mass communication students.

The Richard E. Moore Lecture and Scholarship are named for the late journalist, educator and head of the Office of Public Relations at North Carolina A&T for 28 years. Guest speakers have included White House Director of African American Media Addie Whisenant, Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson and CBS national news correspondent Byron Pitts.