Julia Allison to Make Social Studies Fun for Tribune Media Services

Tribune Media Services is hoping that Julia Allison can make Social Studies fun.

Social Studies is a new, weekly column from Allison, which will be made available to TMS’ newspaper and digital-media customers starting March 1.

Allison is best-known for gracing the cover of the August 2008 issue of Wired, and her columns currently appear in amNew York and Time Out New York. She has also written for Newsweek, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan, and she appears alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning in ads for Sony’s VAIO laptop.

In Social Studies, she will focus on issues and unknowns people have with Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn via the iPad, desktop, laptop, and smart phone, with initial topics including the dangers of multiple online personalities, netiquette of the Web, babies who Tweet, cyberbullying, and why everyone’s life seems so “perfect” on Facebook.

TMS managing editor Mary Elson said:

Julia has been a columnist, TV-show host, and emerging-media expert for the past six years. We’re pleased to combine these talents in our first effort to cover social media and its impact on our culture. Julia is a bright, smart writer with a sense of humor and an ever-growing following as a talent, speaker, and personality in the social-media and digital worlds. She attracts attention and followers and will enliven debate as communications technology continues to evolve.

Allison added:

I fell in love with social media when I taught myself HTML and created my own Web site as a freshman in college. There isn’t a single area in our lives — socially, politically, economically — that hasn’t been touched by the digital revolution. I’ve seen both the highs and lows, and spoken publicly about my experiences at companies, universities, and conferences around the world. As a columnist, I’m now interested in helping readers make sense of this “brave new digital domain.”