Future of Journalism 2017 programme

2 June 2017

The programme for the conference is now available to download.


The Plenary Speakers

The conference’s distinguished keynote speakers are:

  • Guy Berger (UNESCO)
  • Linda Steiner (University of Maryland, US)
  • Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, US)
  • Claire Wardle (First Draft)

Guy Berger

Guy Berger is UNESCO’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, based in Paris.

He oversees the organisation’s programmes promoting press freedom and freedom of information, safety of journalists, media pluralism and diversity, and media development.

These activities cover media online and offline, and they also highlight the importance of gender-equality through media, conflict sensitive journalism, journalism education, and user empowerment via media and information literacy. Guy previously headed the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Linda Steiner

Linda Steiner is a Professor in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs.

Her co-authored or co-edited books include Women and Journalism (2004); Key Concepts in Critical-Cultural Studies (2010), Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (2013) and The Handbook of Gender and War (2016); and Race, News, and the City: Uncovering Baltimore (2017). Her research interests include media ethics, citizen participation in journalism and other new journalism formations, feminist theorizing, war reporting, and gender roles in alternative, feminist, and mainstream media.

A former president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Steiner has published 100 book chapters and refereed journal articles. She edited a small newspaper in upstate New York before going to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for her Ph.D.

Silvio Waisbord

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Silvio is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His recent books include News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (edited with Linda Steiner, Routledge, 2017), Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (edited with Howard Tumber, Routledge, 2017), and Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America (with Soledad Segura, Zed, 2016).

He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books, and written more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper columns. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.

Claire Wardle

Claire Wardle is the Executive Director of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age.

She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful.

She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organisations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.