I was part of a panel at the Media in Transition conference at MIT discussing how social media platforms blur the professional and the public. For the talk, I explored how social media platforms have evolved from spaces for personal exchanges to environments for real-time news and information, influencing how media organisations respond to breaking news, how journalists go about their reporting and whose voices are heard. The media logic of emerging communications technologies, where knowledge, expertise and authority are networked and distributed, chafe with existing, hierarchical models of journalism. The presentation explored how social media are reconfiguring definitions of journalism and professional constructs of the journalist, as media professionals negotiate a hybrid news ecosystem that blurs the line between the public, the private and the corporate Here are the slides with audio of my talk at MIT8 on May 3, 2013: #journalism: Reconfiguring journalism, one tweet at a time from Alfred Hermida
My new social media course is featured in the latest issue of UBC Reports. The course is the first collaboration between the Graduate School of Journalism and the Sauder School of Business. It brings together journalism and commerce students to work on client projects with media partners such as the Vancouver Sun, Global BC and CBC Music. I’m co-teaching the course with marketing instructor, Paul Cubbon, so students get both a journalism and business perspective on social media. UBC Reports quotes the view of Ceilidh MacLeod, a fourth-year Sauder student, after the first day of class: Many people who work in a social media position often got there through experiential learning, not necessarily provided through their education. This course allows me and my peers to fast track that trial-by-error phase, and become prepared for job opportunities that require familiarity with content creation, branding and experience with relevant tools. The course was supported by a UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant.
[View the story "Beyond Broadcast: How Social Media is Shaping What We Know" on Storify] Beyond Broadcast: How Social Media is Shaping What We Know Reaction to my keynote at BEAC annual conference, Ottawa, May 25 2012 Storified by Alfred Hermida · Thu, May 31 2012 15:11:51 Alfred @hermida begins his keynote address at #BEAC2012 http://pic.twitter.com/NOUQhvB2BEAC @Hermida says we’re in an age of media abundance, with pros competing with their own viewers. #beac12Loyalist TVNM Alfred Hermida’s keynote address on social media & journalism was thought-provoking and informative. #BEAC2012 http://pic.twitter.com/HiGjcajsBEAC Hermida: people are relying on their social networks to get the info they need to know. #beac12Loyalist TVNM Hermida: Social media: word-of-mouth on steroids. #beac12Loyalist TVNM Social Media=word of mouth on steroids-Alfred Hermida @BEACanada conference in OttawaAlana Gieck Hermida- if it is news, it will find me!!! #beac12Jim Carr Hermida: social media shatters the hourglass model of content access and distribution. #beac12Loyalist TVNM Hermida: unspoken idea that if there’s something I need to know, the news will find me via social networking. #beac12Loyalist TVNM Hermida: social media removes constraints by which … Continue reading →