Liz Heron, Social Media Editor at The New York Times, Alfred Hermida, Associate Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Karen Pinchin, founding editor of OpenFile Vancouver, and Steve Pratt, Director of CBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio Digital Programming present a lively panel discussion. This is the first in a series of three free panel discussions of the Social Media, Journalism, and Politics Special Lecture Series at UBC Robson Square, hosted by UBC Continuing Studies’ Lifelong Learning Series in partnership with the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

About the Speakers

Liz Heron is an online content strategist and frequent public speaker with a passion for digital journalism. Her specialties include, among others, social media strategy, mobile journalism, multimedia, community engagement, and multi-platform journalism.

Alfred Hermida is an award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, his research and teaching focuses on investigating the convergence of media technologies, industries, content and audiences, through scholarly papers, applied projects and media activities designed to bridge theory and practice.

Karen Pinchin is a reporter, editor and social media consultant, as well as a professionally trained chef. She writes for magazines and newspapers, provides communications consulting, and makes stock in her sleep. For her, the future involves cooking, writing and community building, both in-person and online.

Steve Pratt is the Director of Digital Music for CBC, including the new home of music at Canada’s public broadcaster. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Journalism program at UBC. Prior to CBC, he has worked with MuchMusic, Citytv, CTV, YTV, and AOL Canada.


Select Articles Available at UBC

Hermida, A. (2012). Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a Discipline of Collaborative Verification. Journalism Practice. 6(5-6). pp. 1-10. [Link]

Hermida, A., Fletcher, F., Korell, D., Logan, D. (2012). Share, Like, Recommend: Decoding the Social Media News Consumer. Journalism Studies. 13(5-6). pp. 815-824. [Link]


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