From the Middle East protests to the Occupy movement to the Vancouver riots, people are sharing their impressions, photos and video through social media. Through breaking news on Twitter to recommending a news story on Facebook, social media are becoming ever more ingrained in journalism. UBC Continuing Studies and the UBC Graduate School of Journalism are hosting a discussion about the role of social media in journalism.
• Liz Heron is a Social Media Editor at The New York Times, where she taps into social networks for newsgathering, creative distribution and community engagement.
• Alfred Hermida is an associate professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, a digital media scholar, journalism educator and online news pioneer, who is currently working on a book about social media and journalism.
• Karen Pinchin has worked as a reporter, researcher and editor, in print and online, for Maclean’s, The Canadian Press and Newsweek International. The founding editor of OpenFile Vancouver, Pinchin is on the vanguard of old media methods used in a Web 2.0 world.
• Steve Pratt, Director of CBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio Digital Programming, is a regular speaker on the subjects of the future of music, the future of media, training traditional media in using new media, and the power and proper execution of social networking.
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
Info: Free admission. Pease register at http://socialmediapolitics-eorg.eventbrite.com/