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Alfred Hermida Guest Lecture at QUT

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We’re exceptionally pleased to be able to host a special guest lecture by internationally renowned journalism scholar Alfred Hermida at the end of November – please join us:

The QUT Journalism, Media & Communication Discipline
and the QUT Social Media Research Group
present a special guest lecture:

Alfred Hermida

Graduate School of Journalism
University of British Columbia

12:00pm – 2:00pm, Friday 29 November 2013
Z2-315, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove
Light refreshments will be served

Prof Alfred Hermida is an award-winning British online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, his research on the intersection of communication technologies, journalism and the networked society has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. He is co-author of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and is working on his new book, Tell Everyone: How the Stories We Share Shape What We Know and Why It Matters, due to be published by Doubleday Canada. Prof Hermida is a 16-year veteran of the BBC and was a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997.


Hashtag Dissent: #Idlenomore Aboriginal Counter Narratives on Twitter

A growing body of research points to how social media, and specifically Twitter, is emerging as a hybrid space for the cultural production of journalism, with citizens are involved in the flow, framing and interpretation of news. Studies into recent social movements such as Occupy Wall Street indicate how committed individuals are appropriating social media as one of the tools to articulate a counter narrative, and contest dismissive framing by mainstream media. One such movement is Idle No More. This presentation will discuss how activists in Canada mobilised around the #Idlenomore hashtag and used Twitter to advance their message of dissent. What started as an Aboriginal protest in December 2012 developed into a loosely knit political movement. Twitter served as an alternative platform of public communication that facilitated the visibility of a marginalised social reality. The research provides insights into how engagement with networked technologies by people outside news organisations neutralise, challenge or reinforce the power of media institutions to construct social reality and how it reconfigures journalism’s role to foster a broadly informed and engaged public.

About the Author

- Axel Bruns is a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he leads the Digital Publics programme.

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