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[Commlist] Eyewitness Textures Symposium: UGC & News Coverage in the 21st Century

Tue May 07 11:46:13 GMT 2019

*Symposium May 23-24, 2019*

*MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB, Canada*


*Eyewitness Textures: User Generated Content & News Coverage in the 21^st  Century <>*


Among the many changes introduced by new media technologies to news practices, the growing utilization of User Generated Content (UGC) is one of the most challenging. Members of the public are capturing dramatic events around the world and then sharing them, not only on social media platforms, but with professional news media organizations which are eagerly incorporating posts, tweets and images into professionally produced news stories. The presence of amateur content in news discourses is a growing phenomenon that is reshaping the profession of journalism, news coverage and public expectations.

Join us for a discussion among news journalists and scholars about the many issues raised by user generated content in the newsroom.

*Keynote Speakers*

The *keynote speaker on May 23 *will be *Pr. Lilie Chouliaraki*, Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main research interest lies in the histories and challenges of mediated suffering. Dr. Chouliaraki’s work has focused on three domains in which the human body-in-need appears as a problem of communication: i)  disaster news, ii) humanitarian campaigns & celebrity advocacy, iii) war & conflict reporting. She has published extensively on how digital platforms and genres (twitter, mobile phone footage, selfies) are fundamentally changing conflict reporting and the witnessing of war today.

The *keynote speaker on May 24* will be *Dr. Mette Mortensen,* Associate Professor of media studies at the University of Copenhagen and a CARGC Faculty Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication.

She is the Principal Investigator of the large, collective research project “Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images” (2017-2021). She is the author or editor of seven books, including the monograph /Eyewitness Images and Journalism: Digital Media, Participation, and Conflict/ (Routledge 2015).

*News Organizations *

The symposium will also host presentations by: Derek Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of the Observer Program from *France24*; Aoife Gallagher, News Intelligence Strategist, *Storyful*; Derek Bowler, Head of Social Newsgathering, *Eurovision News Exchange*; Shauna Rempel, National Managing Editor, Social Media Distribution, *Global* *News*; Paul Moore, Executive Producer of News, *CBC Edmonton*; and Natalie Miller, Assistant Editor, UGC HUB,*BBC. *

We are hoping to *live stream* the proceedings, please visit the Eyewitness Textures Symposium website <> for updates and details.

*For more information, send queries to *(UGC2019Conf /at/ <mailto:(UGC2019Conf /at/>.

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