Launch of New Frontiers in Newsgathering: A Case Study of Foreign Correspon...
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School is proud to partner with Public Radio International, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Minnesota Journalism Center for this evening launch of New Frontiers in Newsgathering: A Case Study of Foreign Correspondents Using Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest, a recent research report by Tow fellows Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Colin Agur, and Nicholas Frisch.
During this event, the authors will present the findings of their research, followed by a panel of experts, and a cocktail.
The panel of industry expert will include: Angilee Shah, Digital Editor of Global Nation and Andrew Haeg, founder of the mobile engagement platform GroundSource.
This event will provide an opportunity for journalists and academics to work together to move the conversation forward, identify the journalistic uses of chat apps challenges that lay ahead, and pinpoint areas for future research.
This report explores the ways that journalists at major news organizations (e.g. the BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, Storyful, Bloomberg, Reuters, AP, and others) are using chat apps for newsgathering in coverage of political unrest.
This event will also be an opportunity to meet the 13 journalists from Africa as part of the 2016 U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host Murrow Fellows from November 4-6, 2016. The Murrow Program is a public-private partnership between the Department of State, the Aspen Institute, and ten leading U.S. schools of journalism. The program brought approximately 160 journalists from independent media outlets around the world to the United States to examine journalistic principles and practices, both in the US and around the world, and interact with professional journalists and experts in the field.
Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is also an affiliated fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she was Executive Director from 2014-16. Her research draws from media sociology, news production, and emerging media. Her work explores the implications of emerging media in newsgathering and news production, and builds on her book Social Media at BBC News: The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting (Routledge 2015). Twitter: @journoscholar
Colin Agur, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He is also an affiliated fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research examines the history of telecommunications and contemporary mobile phone usage, the social and legal implications of mass mobile telephony, and the unanticipated consequences of network development. At the International Communication Association (ICA), he is the Vice Chair of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Twitter: @colinagur
Angilee Shah is the digital editor for Global Nation, PRI’s coverage of immigration in the US. She started at PRI as the social media manager, helping integrate engagement into the editorial process. She has spent most of her career writing long pieces (for magazines) and short posts (on Twitter) about politics and culture. She has reported from across Asia, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and on diverse cultures across the US, from Southern California to Minneapolis, where she is currently based. In her non-digital life, she is the co-editor of Chinese Characters (UC Press, 2012) and a consulting editor to the Journal of Asian Studies. Twitter: @angshah
Andrew Haeg is founder of the mobile engagement platform GroundSource. He has focused his career on using technology to help newsrooms more effectively engage their audiences, and make their journalism more reflective of and responsive to the communities they serve. Haeg is a veteran journalist, crowdsourcing pioneer, and entrepreneur. His career has spanned work as a public radio reporter, a correspondent for The Economist, co-founder of the Public Insight Network at American Public Media, a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism. Twitter: @groundsource