Tow Center Presents Ethan Zuckerman: New News, New Civics
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism presents Ethan
Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, who is presenting a
lecture on "New News, New Civics" followed by a Q&A with audience
members. Seating is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite: https://towcenterethanzuckerman.eventbrite.com/.
Full Description: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism presents a new Speaker Series on Computation Journalism with Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013 in the Lecture Hall of Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism.
The new, monthly evening lecture series is part of the Tow Center for Digital Journalisms initiative to explores the ways in which technology is changing journalism, its practice and its consumption particularly as consumers of news seek ways to judge the reliability, standards and credibility of information.
Zuckerman will be presenting a free lecture on "New News, New Civics and taking questions from the audience. Seating is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite: https://towcenterethanzuckerman.eventbrite.com/. A limited number of seats will also be available on the evening of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Speaker Series on Computational Journalism has been made possible by generous funding from both The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Speaker Series on Computation Journalism brings a series of established computing and information researchers to the Tow Center to share and discuss their work and its impact on the interdisciplinary future of journalism. The free lecture series addresses how computing and information sciences are playing an increasingly important role in the practice of journalism, for everything from data mining and visualization to find and tell stories, to driving the dissemination and adaptation of content across online platforms.
Other confirmed speakers for the Speaker Series on Computation Journalism include Jeff Heer, associate professor at the University of Washington, who oversaw the development of the popular visualization library D3, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, and Carlos Castillo, a Senior Scientist in the Social Computing group of the Qatar Computing Research Institute who has developed state of the art social media analytics tools in use by outlets like Al Jazeera, on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
All Speaker Series on Computation Journalism events are free and open to the public. Follow the Tow Center on Twitter @towcenter and visit www.towcenter.org for more information about the Tow Center and its upcoming events.
About Ethan Zuckerman: Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab. He is the author of "Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection", published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
New News, New Civics Abstract: The news landscape is changing rapidly, both in terms of business models and in terms of who is producing and disseminating news. As news organizations seek their place in this new landscape, it's worth considering the idea that civics is changing as well. Affected by some of the same forces as the news industry, the shape of civic participation is changing, with new forms of engagement taking the stage as other forms of participation decrease in efficacy. One path forward for news organizations is to focus on preparing citizens to participate in these new forms of civics, focused on the idea that effective, engaged citizens are the most valuable customers for high quality news.
About the Tow Center for Digital Journalism: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, established in early 2010 and under the direction of Emily Bell, provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism and serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole. Operating as an institute within Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism, the Tow Center is poised to take advantage of a unique combination of factors to foster the development of digital journalism. Its New York location affords access to cutting-edge technologists, a strong culture of journalism and multiple journalism and communication schools, with outstanding universities attached to them. The Tow Center is where technology and journalism meet, and where education and practice meet.