Feb
29
Thu
Data Journalism After the COVID-19 Pandemic @ Online
Feb 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Data Journalism After the COVID-19 Pandemic @ Online

Jingrong Tong (University of Sheffield)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an online via Zoom event only.

Data journalism took off around 2008 and became increasingly integrated into the 24/7 news cycle before the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a rapid increase in the number of data stories published by news media, data journalism flourished. However, the sustainable development of data journalism is uncertain after the pandemic ends. On one hand, the new data reporting techniques, skills, and experiences learned during the pandemic provide an excellent foundation for data journalism to thrive further. The benefits derived from employing extensive data journalism practices in newsrooms would be a good reason for news media to continue their investment in data reporting. On the other hand, however, challenges, ranging from the uncertainty of data and public concerns about data privacy to organisational structures and cultures, may hinder data journalism’s further development. This talk analyses the situation data journalists face after the pandemic and explores opportunities and challenges for the development of data journalism. The talk is drawn from interviews and publicly available data such as data stories and online resources.

Biography

Dr Jingrong Tong is Senior Lecturer in Digital News Cultures at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of Data for Journalism: Between Transparency and Accountability and seven other books. Her current research focuses on media freedom, the impact of digital technology on journalism, and social media communication of social issues.

 

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Mar
14
Thu
Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight Against Platform Power @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04)
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight Against Platform Power @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04) | England | United Kingdom

Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an in person/on campus event only.

In an age where algorithms shape our every interaction, understanding how to navigate and resist their influence is crucial. This talk is based on the findings of a 5-year research project that culminated in the book “Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight against Platform Power” (co-written with T. Bonini for MIT Press, 2024). I will shed light on how global workers, influencers, and activists develop tactics of algorithmic resistance by appropriating and repurposing the same algorithms that control our lives. Through rich ethnographic insights spanning the Global North and the South, this talk unveils how we are not harmless against algorithmic power. At the same time, I caution about not romanticizing algorithmic resistance considering the profound power imbalance inherent in the platform society.

Biopgraphy

Emiliano Treré is a Reader in Data Agency and Media Ecologies and Director of International Development at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture. He’s a widely cited author in digital activism, critical data/algorithm studies and digital disconnection with a focus on Latin America and the Global South. He co-founded the ‘Big Data from the South’ Initiative and co-directs the Data Justice Lab. His monograph Hybrid Media Activism (Routledge, 2019) won the Outstanding Book Award of the ICA Interest Group ‘Activism, Communication and Social Justice’. Data Justice (Sage, 2022), his latest co-authored book, was the runner up of the Sage Social Justice Book Award. His latest co-authored book, Algorithms of Resistance (MIT Press, 2024), explores collective forms of power, agency and resistance in the platform society. For more info on his work: emilianotrere.com.

 

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May
2
Thu
Young Women Then and Now: Music and Subculture Revisited @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04)
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Young Women Then and Now: Music and Subculture Revisited @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04) | England | United Kingdom

Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an in person/on campus event only.

In this lecture Angela McRobbie reflects on issues raised by her new book which re-prints her Birmingham CCCS essays of the 1970s and also includes 4 chapters of update on music, magazines, vintage fashion and youth culture.

Biography

Angela McRobbie is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow University. Her research expertise is on the creative economy and the fashion industry with reference to the small-scale independent sector.

Angela is also a feminist social and cultural theorist looking at the gendered dynamics of contemporary neoliberal society. Angela’s research, spanning more than four decades, has been translated into many languages

 

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