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Journalism & Media Literacy: Voices from the Field


June 18th

14:00   -   Opening Presentation

14:10   -   Divina Frau-Meigs  - Media Literacy and Journalism in Europe

14:30   -   Paul Mihailidis - Media Literacy and Journalism in the US

14:50   -   Damaso Reyes - The News Literacy Project (USA)

15:10   -   Sofia Branco - Literacy, Media and Journalism (Portuguese Project) 

15:30   -   Debate

Pre-Conference Speakers

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Sofia Branco

Sofia Branco is a journalist for 20 years, now working in news agency Lusa, with a Masters degree on Human Rights. Several times awarded for journalistic reporting, both national and internationally. Professor of Ethics in universities and journalism training centres. Author of the nonfiction books Cicatrizes de Mulher, on female genital mutilation, and As Mulheres e a Guerra Colonial, on women during colonial war. Currently president of the journalists's union.

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Divina Frau-Meigs

Divina Frau-Meigs, a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure and a Fulbright scholar, is Professor of Media Sociology at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. She holds several degrees, from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). She is a specialist in media and information technologies in a comparative perspective as well as a researcher in media uses and the practices of young people.  At the Sorbonne Nouvelle, she is the creator and director of the online Master’s program AIGEME (Application Informatiques: Gestion, Education aux Médias, E-formation). She is the UNESCO Chair for “savoir-devenir dans le développement numérique durable: maîtriser les cultures de l’information”.


Paul Mihailidis

Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor of civic media and journalism in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is founding program director of the MA in Media Design, Senior Fellow of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His newest books, Civic Media Literacies (Routledge 2018) and Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016, MIT Press, with Eric Gordon), outline effective practices for engagement and action taking in daily civic life. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others.


Damaso Reyes

Damaso Reyes is the News Literacy Project’s head of global partnerships. He is a multimedia journalist whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Der Spiegel. Reyes spent three years as a volunteer journalist fellow for NLP, making presentations in New York City classrooms both in person and remotely from Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for several years. He joined the NLP staff in June 2016.

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