Prof Alfred Hermida is an award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, he studies social media, computational journalism and emerging forms of digital storytelling.
His new book, Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters, (Doubleday Canada) explains how social media is shaping notions of an informed and engaged public, a media ecology of competing ideas, and a responsive political establishment. He is co-author of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and his research has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
A founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997, he spent 16 years working for the BBC in television, radio and online, including four years as a correspondent in North Africa and the Middle East.
Among his numerous awards are a Canadian Online Publishing Award for best blog for Reportr.net in 2010 and a 2011 UBC President’s Award for Public Education Through Media. In 2011, he was recognized by the Digi Awards as one of Canada’s top three social media mavens.