Social media serves as a space where the distinction between material from journalists and their audience is blended into constantly updating fluid streams of information. Every twist and turn of the news is described, discussed and dissected by the public, as facts and fiction compete for attention. This talk will consider the role of journalists in providing relevance, meaning and interpretation in this media ecosystem of competing ideas.
Alfred Hermida PhD is an award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. He is Director and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia, Canada, where his research focuses on the reconfiguration of journalism, social media and emerging forms of digital storytelling. His most recent book, ‘Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters’ (Doubleday Canada, 2014), won the 2015 National Business Book Award in Canada. Professor Hermida was a BBC TV, radio and online journalist for 16 years, including four years as a correspondent in North Africa and the Middle East. He went on to be a founding news editor of the BBC News website.
Date: 17 March 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: EHG1, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong