Alfred Hermida - Media Scholar | Journalism Educator





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Published on May 28, 2015

Alfred Hermida is at the forefront of research into social media and new digital forms of storytelling and audience engagement. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, he is also the author of the bestselling book, Tell Everyone: How the Stories We Share Shape What We Know and Why It Matters, which won the 2015 National Business Book Award. Speaking on how our enhanced capacity to share information via social media is shaping our notions of an informed and engaged public, a media ecology of competing ideas, and a responsive political establishment, Hermedia is sought after for his insights into today’s marketplace of ideas.

Through his research at UBC, and his earlier work at the BBC, he has built an international reputation as an authority on new media, with his work appearing in Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.

Hermida is a 16-year veteran of the BBC and was a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997. During his four years as daily news editor, the site won the BAFTA for best news website four years in a row. He has also written for The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, The Guardian and NPR.

He was named an IBM CAS Canada Research Faculty Fellow in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and won the 2011 UBC President’s Award for Public Education Through Media. He was nominated in the 2011 Digi Awards for Canada’s top social media maven.

Hermida also won a 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Award for best blog for Reportr.net. A student social media project he co-supervised received an Excellence in New Communication Award from the Society for New Communication Research in 2013. It followed a Commendation of Merit in the co-creation and collaboration media category of the SNCR Excellence in New Communications Awards program for UBC/CBC Radio 3 project in 2010.

He is the co-author of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Social Media + Society and Digital Journalism.


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