The “Flattening” of News and Its Consequences for Trust (Or, How Designers and Developers Have Made It Harder to Tell Real from Fake)

Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Knight Fellow, Former Managing Editor for Mobile, BuzzFeed News
The “Flattening” of News and Its Consequences for Trust (Or, How Designers and Developers Have Made It Harder to Tell Real from Fake)

Wednesday, May 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Allen 141

Stacy-Marie Ishmael is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She will be spending the 2016–17 academic year researching the challenges newsrooms face in adapting to the rise of the mobile-only audience. Prior to this fellowship, she was the managing editor of mobile news for BuzzFeed News, running the BuzzFeed News app and morning newsletter, and overseeing a team of news editors in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

Before joining BuzzFeed News, she was the vice president of communities at the Financial Times, where she led a team responsible for growing engagement and deepening the publication’s relationship with its global audiences. Her previous roles at the FT included FT Alphaville New York bureau chief and co-founder and editor of FT Tilt, an online-only emerging markets news service. Ishmael was born and raised in Trinidad, in the Caribbean, and received her undergraduate degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Ishmael will also be a 2017 SOJC Journalist in Residence. She will be on campus, meeting with students and faculty Tuesday, May 2, through Thursday, May 4 (lunchtime).

The Future of Local Newspapers

Christopher Ali, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
The Future of Local Newspapers

Friday, March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Allen Hall 141

Christopher Ali’s research interests focus on communication policy and regulation, critical political economy, critical geography, comparative media systems, localism, and local news.

Ali has published in numerous journals, including Communication Theory, Media Culture & Society, and International Journal of Communication. His forthcoming book, Media Localism: The Policies of Place (University of Illinois Press, 2017), addresses the difficulties of defining and regulating local media in the 21st century in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada and the implications these difficulties have for the long-term viability of local news.

Ali has worked for the Federal Communications Commission, submitted research for the Swiss Office of Communication, and consulted with the South Korean Committee on the Impact of Media Concentration. He holds a Ph.D. from Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; an M.A. in media Studies from Concordia University, Canada; and a B.A. in film and media studies and sociology from the University of Alberta.

Sex, Surveillance, and Shopping: How the Arabian Gulf Uses Social Media

Sarah Vieweg
Sex, Surveillance, and Shopping: How the Arabian Gulf Uses Social Media

Friday, March 3, 10:30–11:30 a.m., 141 Allen Hall

Sarah Vieweg is a social scientist whose research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, and computer-supported cooperative work. She researches how citizens of Arab Gulf countries perceive, use, and re-interpret social media, with an eye toward defining design principles that consider non-Western cultural values. She also looks at how advertisers throughout the world turn to social media for advertising and marketing, and how diverse marketplace activities translate to digital environments.

Vieweg holds a BA in economics and French from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, an M.A in linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Ph.D. in technology, media, and society from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to her position at Facebook, she was a scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute and a project manager at Oblong Industries.

Hackers, Data and Code in the Age of Trump

Nikki Usher, George Washington University
Hackers, Data and Code in the Age of Trump

Thursday, February 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Diamond Lake Room, EMU

What does Trump’s election mean for data journalism? Nikki Usher will discuss her new book, Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code, and look ahead to what’s next for interactive journalism across the world.

The news industry has hailed interactive journalists as its saviors and claimed them as resident authorities of quantification and digital skills the newsroom. But data isn’t as objective as we like to think. Given its significant influence on public opinion, how we present data and statistics is critical, as it can be particularly damaging when done poorly. Thinking about the promises and perils of interactive journalism has never been more important. This talk aspires to be a starting point for this conversation at the SOJC.

Demystifying: The 2016 Presidential Election

Regina Lawrence, Executive Director, Agora Journalism Center and George S. Turnbull Portland Center, UO School of Journalism and Communication
The 2016 Presidential Election

Monday, November 14, 2016, 2-3 p.m., EMU Diamond Lake Room

Whatever the outcome, the 2016 presidential election will have major repercussions for the future of the media and communications. This session will provide the SOJC with a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of the 2016 race and its implications for our teaching and research.

How NGOs blur the line between PR, Journalism and Advocacy

Matthew Powers, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington
How NGOs blur the line between PR, Journalism and Advocacy

Friday, November 11, 2016, 12–1 p.m., 221 Allen Hall

Non-governmental organizations have long sought publicity to boost their organizational profiles and achieve advocacy aims. In recent years, NGOs like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam have hired reporters and photojournalists to accompany research missions; utilizing corporate public relations techniques to boost brand awareness, and by experimenting with digital tools to pursue advocacy goals. This talk overviews these developments, explains their causes, and discusses their implications for journalism, advocacy and the public sphere; highlighting a larger blurring of the lines dividing journalism, public relations and advocacy in the contemporary media landscape.

Powers’s research has been published in Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, among others. He holds a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.

How to Recreate Your Newsroom for the Digital Age

Kathryn Thier, SOJC Instructor
How to Recreate Your Newsroom for the Digital Age

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12–1 p.m., 307 Allen Hall 

How do publications embrace digital in both their working practices and their business models?  We hear from global and local editors about the impact of digital disruption on their newsroom culture and business models.

Demystifying: Journalism and Silicon Valley

Claire Wardle, Director of Research, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
Demystifying: Journalism and Silicon Valley

Friday, May 27, 2016, 12-1 p.m. in 140 Allen Hall

The past five years have seen the most significant shift in news publishing since the invention of the printing press. Large social media platforms are becoming the principal mechanisms for delivering news to global audiences. What does this new reality mean for the platforms, news organizations and audiences in terms of business models, algorithmic transparency, privacy and ethical frameworks?

Claire Wardle leads the Tow Center’s research exploring the intersection of journalism’s democratic function and the new tools of the digital age. Alongside this, she is the co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub and a member of the World Economic Forum‘s Global Agenda Council on Social Media.

Claire was previously director of News Services for Storyful, senior social media officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and a lecturer at Cardiff University, as well as a consultant and trainer on social media. In 2009, Claire designed the social media training programme for BBC news and helped roll it out across the organisation. She subsequently trained over 3,000 people around the world from different media, NGO, Government and academic bodies.



Demystifying: How Vox uses Snapchat Discover

Yvonne Leow, Senior Snapchat Editor at Vox
Demystifying: How Vox uses Snapchat Discover

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12-1 p.m. in 140 Allen Hall

Yvonne Leow is the Senior Snapchat Editor at Vox. Yvonne and her team has published dozens of stories, ranging from climate change, ISIS to Star Wars, on Snapchat’s Discover channel. Previously, she was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she researched how to deliver news through mobile messaging platforms. Yvonne’s previous roles include being director of video at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, and a senior associate at North Base Media, a venture capital firm that invests in digital media startups in emerging markets. She was also the west regional video producer the Associated Press and a video journalist at the Seattle Times.

Vox joined Snapchat Discover on November 23, 2015. Six months in, how is Vox – the explainer-driven publisher – using Snapchat? What lessons have they learned so far? With 6 billion video views a day, Snapchat’s recent growth and expansion has been impressive, especially amongst millennials. So, how does Snapchat support Vox’s audience, content and revenue strategies? And how is using Discover different from harnessing other social platforms?

Vox’s Snapchat Senior Editor Yvonne Leow’s advice on social media and journalism


Demystifying: How to reach under-represented communities

Tracie Powell, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University and a 2016 Journalist in Residence at the SOJC
Demystifying: How to reach under-represented communities

Friday, May 6, 2016, 1-2 p.m. in 307 Allen Hall

Tracie Powell is the founder and editor of All Digitocracy, which focuses on technology, media and policy. She is currently a Knight Fellow at Stanford exploring how newsrooms can expand their audiences and connect with increasingly diverse users, such as millennials and people of color.

Tracie writes regularly for the Columbia Journalism Review and has also been published by Poynter, The Washington Post, Newsweek and People magazines.

She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice, whilst as a young journalist she worked for The Augusta Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and In 2006 she earned a journalism and public policy fellowship at The Ohio State University, followed by a fellowship on Capitol Hill, on the House Judiciary Committee.

Stanford Knight Fellow Tracie Powell: Use data to connect with your audience