Alfred Hermida, PH.D., is a professor at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia. He is co-founder of The Conversation Canada and co-lead of the SSHRC-funded Global Journalism Innovation Lab. With more than two decades of experience in digital journalism, his research addresses the transformation of media, emergent news practices, media innovation, social media and data journalism. His books include Data Journalism and the Regeneration of News (Routledge 2019), co-authored with Mary Lynn Young, and Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters (DoubleDay, 2014), winner of the 2015 National Business Book Award. Hermida was a BBC TV, radio and online journalist for 16 years, including four in North Africa and the Middle East, before going on to be a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997.
Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed in the School of Journalism, Writing and Media and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is the co-author of Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities (Oxford U Press, 2020) and the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke U Press, 2014). Candis is Tahltan, and a regular contributor to the podcast, Media Indigena. In 2019, Candis was inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and became a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Callison produced, wrote, and reported for television, the Internet, and radio in Canada and the United States. She currently sits on the board of The Narwhal.
Dr. Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor in International History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Her work combines history and policy to research communications. She has co-edited and written three books, including the award-winning News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2019). She has published or has forthcoming over 30 articles and book chapters on the global history of news and communications. She is co-editor of Journal of Global History. Alongside writing for a wide range of media in English and German, she also writes policy papers on the future of social media governance in North America and Europe. Finally, she appears regularly on radio and TV in Canada, the US, UK, and Germany.