Media for Change Virtual Conference

What Can Media Change?

An Interactive Virtual Gathering

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Media for Change is a Florida based non-profit organization committed to discovering, defining and sharing best practices in media change making of the 21st century.

On November 17, 2016 we will hold a global virtual event that will bring together top media makers and thinkers internationally to discuss the role of media in building a better world.

Media makers around the world are addressing globally cross-cutting themes like climate change, sustainability, poverty, security, labor and migration… While mainstream media play a significant role in shaping public perceptions on such issues, independent voices have lost ground as a public sphere influence. This conference is one effort to link up and shine a light on independent thinking and media making about global problems and their potential solutions.

The 12-hour event will consist of 4 global hubs where people will gather for 3 hours before passing the baton to the next venue. Each venue will have a keynote and 2 panels. Screenings and exhibitions of submitted works will take place asynchronously and a virtual exhibit that attendees can visit starting a week leading up to the conference and during the conference. The exhibition will close two weeks after the conference.

Four institutions will serve as international hubs for the event. They are:

  • Temple University, Japan Campus, Tokyo.
  • School of Journalism, English and Communication, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • School of Communication, University of Miami, USA
  • SENAC, São Paulo, Brazil
  • The Engagement Lab at Emerson College, Boston, USA will serve as the curator of all exhibits at the conference.

The conference will be hosted on the multi-feature professional platform vConferenceOnline. While a screen will be dedicated to live streaming of conference events, online viewers will be able to participate in the conversation in real time through social media channels such as twitter, facebook etc. A virtual exhibition hall will be constructed under a separate tab. Exhibitors and sponsors will have access to multi-feature virtual booths to showcase their work.

The live program will be archived online for posterity.


Temple University, Tokyo, Japan

Digital Cities: Communities and Connectivity in the 21st Century
Cities are large human settlements with a high concentration of people and often the center of a nations’ activities. Today the fastest growing megalopoli in the word are mostly located in Asia, a hub for tremendous innovation in the technological sector. Trying to integrate adequate urban development with a solid communication technology infrastructure is challenging. Despite fast advances in the digital sphere, disparity is visible non only compared to rural areas, but also in terms of the the connectivity and access of city dwellers to information systems.

In this segment, Temple University Japan will bring together social scientists, academics, journalists, academics, media makers, activists, to discuss developing proposals and success projects that integrate citizen engagement, policies, operations, logistics, technology and data in order to create a developed digital infrastructure efficiently serves citizens.

How do you develop interactive systems and urban informatics that improve the the quality of life those living in cities? How to develop a smart city? It seems to be about needs and sometimes about demands. Often it's been about natural disasters or outside threats that that forced governments to develop networks and projects that promote faster delivery of information.

Participants in this dialogue will discuss digital experiments that have been or are in the process of being implemented and evaluate their success and failures. Where is the future taking us?

Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, Sonepat, India

World's Largest Democracy in the Age of Social Media
As media evolved in the 18th Century, over 200 years it has formed and shaped the perception of citizens across nations. Traditionally termed as the fourth pillar of democracy, today media has the anchoring effect of forming public opinion – be it through newspaper, television, cinema, the internet or more recently, through social media.

As media strives to be the mirror which reflects the truth and realities of our time, it comes to question who is the authority which gets to decide what reality is, or whose version of reality is the higher or more urgent. As the units of media turn increasingly institutionalized, corporate ownership and commercial pressures begin to influence media content. The information capital starts being used as a tool for propaganda as against being an instrument to create a more informed citizenry.

Through this session at Ashoka University, New Delhi, we will attempt to unravel to what extent social media has played a role in the making and breaking of Indian elections. With a focus on the Indian Elections of 2014, we will try to answer why Twitter outrages have gained such mainstream media coverage, and broader questions about how the avenues of social media have made it a conducive environment for people with similar views to congregate and build a singular narrative of social information. The primary concern to be raised is - will this advent of an alternate, revolutionary forum of media make the society more or less democratic.

Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Migration and Coexistence: Media and Empathy in the 21st Century
The media are often accused of stereotyping 'the Other' and fuelling nationalism and hatred. As millions of people around the world are being displaced or face conflict, humanitarian crises and natural disasters, and as many societies are facing complex challenges of multiculturalism and coexistence, the media - old and new - can also be powerful facilitators of empathy and intercultural understanding.

In this segment of the Media for Change conference, Bournemouth University will bring together journalists, academics, media makers, policy makers, artists and activists to debate current trends in the reporting of global current affairs; to curate examples of best practice; and to showcase innovative modes of storytelling that cross borders, bridge divides, inform, educate and engage audiences.

We invite creative, academic and journalistic input and contributions from both established and emerging experts and practitioners. Our emphasis is on storytelling that combines converged or cutting edge techniques with the most fundamental principles of human communication: sharing experiences, preserving and processing memories, articulating hopes and dreams, underlining our common humanity. This is an opportunity to migrate ideas via media across international borders to promote empathy. Participants in this dialogue will be actively embodying the ethos we aim to celebrate.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA

Food Stories
The world is worried about the prospect of feeding 7 billion people sustainably in the near future. While food media has become standard fare on television and news media, the coverage has not yet focused on the interconnectedness of questions surrounding human rights, sustainability, health, innovations and cultural preservation embedded in providing food for populations. Sessions at the University of Miami will focus on this interconnectedness and innovative digital media strategies to bring the stories of food and sustainability to audiences in impactful ways.

The program will include filmmakers, thinkers and activists who will showcase their work and discuss media strategies and impact of their work.

SENAC, São Paulo, Brazil

Digital Grassroots
In recent years Brazil has seen a flurry of street level activism demanding changes in fundamental areas of national life and public social policy. Digital media played a significant role in the organization and execution of these major events, evidencing the effectiveness of direct one-to-many and peer communication strategies bypassing the mainstream media. Protesters created virtual networks using smart phones and alternative audiovisual materials to inform peers and the public in real time about happenings out in the streets. The mainstream media picked up this alternative coverage as live sources amplifying the voice from the streets. The sessions at Senac Lapa Scipião in São Paulo will highlight how groups and individuals have made use of the digital media able to reach the public and advance their causes.


Digital Cities-Welcome

Irene Herrera

PRESENTATION: Crowd Translation Project Helps Tell China Story

Dr. Masato Kajimoto
Anne Kruger
In this sharing session, Dr. Masato Kajimoto and Ms. Anne Kruger from the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), the University of Hong Kong, will discuss their experiment to crowd-translate social media posts that have been censored in mainland China into English in an effort to tell China’s story to the wider world.

The Weiboscope in English project was organized to coincide with the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square student protest of 1989.

The team and their students have collaborated with Meedan, an organization that builds digital tools for global journalism and translation, and used their software Bridge to group-translate some of the censored Chinese Sina Weibo posts that are monitored through another social media data-archiving project called Weiboscope at JMSC.

The translated posts were publicly distributed through Facebook and Twitter; dozens of Western journalists, editors and China-watchers have followed the two accounts, despite the experimental nature of the pilot project that lasted only for two weeks.

The team is now preparing to make it a Capstone project for the graduate-level journalism students in early 2017. The Weiboscope in English project was recently mentioned in a presentation at the Online News Association’s 2016 Conference in Denver as well.

PRESENTATION: Accelerating the Uptake of Digital City Applications through Cloud Computing

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
Cloud computing facilitates the uptake of digital city applications as it disengages City Authorities from any resource constraints, technical or financial and allows for high-quality services to the citizens. This talk will present the experiences gained from the STORM CLOUDS project which provides a methodology for the successful migration of applications to the cloud along with an open cloud platform and a portfolio of cloud-ready digital city applications.

PRESENTATION: SAFECAST - Global Open and Connected

Azby Brown
What does it take to build a vibrant and effective global community of citizen scientists devoted to environmental monitoring?  This talk will discuss both the technical and human aspects of the SAFECAST project, established immediately following the start of the nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011 to provide independent and credible measurements of radiation levels in Japan and around the world. Now considered a model for crowdsourced, open, citizen-based data collection and dissemination, the SAFECAST project evolved in an agile, ad-hoc fashion, and has put innovative hardware and software tools in the hands of volunteers worldwide.

KEYNOTE: Digital Cities and Civic Engagement

Sree Sreenivasan
One Month @NYCgov: Thoughts from NYC's new Chief Digital OfficerSree Sreenivasan, @sree, who just started as NYC's CDO, shares what he has learned so far in his work with the world's greatest city (with apologies to Tokyo, where he was born!). He will discuss thoughts around startups, the sharing economy and the gig economy and how he does digital strategy around public-facing technology for a city with 8.5 million residents, 4.5 million commuters, 55 million visitors and 300,000 employees.

PANEL: Cities, Sensors, Games and Data Localization

Eric Gordon
Keiko Nishimura
KEIKO NISHIMURA argues that users of location-aware technology in Japan, through interacting within a mobile public space, experience an ambient sociality where sense of alienation and estrangement of the urban environment is mediated, in places other than their home or work. Unlike conventional mobile social media that connects "friends" in distance, locative media like Nintendo's Street Pass enables users to interact with proximate strangers. It also encourages urban dwellers to participate in the commonly shared popular cultural narratives. I argue especially urban commuter trains in Tokyo affords particularly dense participation in such mobile public space, fostering a transient sociality, which I call sociality of surechigai (passing by). 

SCREENING: At the Edge of the Present directed by Roman Gerodimos

Dr Roman Gerodimos
A short film directed by Roman Gerodimos and narrated by Sam Booth about urban coexistence.


Dr. Karen Fowler-Watt

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: A Conversation with Jake Wallis Simons

Jake Wallis Simons
Dr. Anna Feigenbaum
Jake Wallis Simons is an award-winning journalist and author. He is the Associate Global Editor of Daily Mail Online and has covered international stories from Latin America to the Middle East. He has covered the terrorist attacks in France, as well as the migrant crisis in Greece. His multimedia reportage of his journey through the West Bank (Meet the Settlers, won the European Newspapers award.

SHOWCASE: Multimedia Vignettes

Dr Roman Gerodimos
 Interview with Ivan Sigal (Global Voices)

Zina Sabbagh Sackur on teaching refugees

Syrians in Salzburg (Rafael Diaz Ceballos and students at the Salzburg Academy)

Aftershock Nepal (Naomi Mihara, Patrick Ward, Sven Wolters, Chindu Sreedharan)

ROUNDTABLE 1: Migration and crises: engaging audiences, facilitating empathy

Dr Roman Gerodimos
Dr. Edward Lawrence
Patrick Ward
MODERATOR: Dr Roman Gerodimos (Principal Lecturer in Global Current Affairs, Bournemouth University)

Dr Sue Sudbury (Senior Lecturer in Media Production, Bournemouth University)

Dr Brad Gyori (Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling, Bournemouth University)

Joe Nersessian (Press Association)

Edward Lawrence (Freelance journalist / BBC, ITN)

Patrick Ward (Freelance journalist / Bournemouth University)

PRESENTATION: The Brexit referendum campaign: Migration & Media

Dr. Daniel Jackson

SCREENING - SUNÚ - Spanish with English subtitles

Teresa Camou
Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNÚ knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them. SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.

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Concluding Reflections


DEBATE: What Can Media Change? Perspectives on the Digital Grassroots in Brazil.

Ivone Rocha
Flavia Martinelli
Paulo Castilho
Laura Caprigilione
Moderated by Ivone Rocha, this debate will feature veterans in the digital communication Flavia Martinelli, Paulo Castilho and Laura Caprigilione. They will discuss various aspects of activism in Brazil over the last several years and the role of digital media in grassroots movements.

NOTE: This session will be in Portuguese.

SCREENING - Liberty Square: Power, History & Race in Miami directed by Moses Shumow

Dr. Moses Shumow

SCREENING - Food Chains directed by Sanjay Rawal

Sanjay Rawal
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival. Food Chains will be released nationwide November 21st. The film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser. (Description Taken From


Rebekah Chung

KEYNOTE: Breaking the Chains-how we inspired change within multi-billion dollar food conglomerates

Sanjay Rawal


James Jiler

CONVERSATION - James Jiler and Anita Franchetti

James Jiler
Miami based Urban Greenworks' executive director James Jiler and Cerasee Farm manager Anita Franchetti join host Rebekah Chung to talk about strategies to address the issue of urban food deserts, containing health crises and providing meaningful employment in inner cities.

VIDEO - Sarah Khan

Dr. Sarah K. Khan

VIRTUAL PANEL Media, Food and Globalization

Dr. Krishnendu Ray
Teresa Camou
Sanjeev Chatterjee
While the media celebrates democratization of taste in major cities around the world where a culture of international cuisines has taken root, we rarely hear about the broader implications of this aspect of globalization. This virtual panel discussion will discuss food, livelihood, liveliness of cities and the lost opportunities for storytellers of the 21st century.


Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan is New York City’s Chief Digital Officer. Previously, Srieenivasan served as the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the first Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University. Since October 2015,  Sree has been a mayoral appointee on the Commission on Public Information and Communication (COPIC) where he assists the public in obtaining access to City information, and has helped develop strategies for the use of new communication technologies to improve access to and distribution of city data. As the current Chief Digital Officer of one of the world's biggest and most vibrant cities, Sreenivasan is working towards increasing the city's access to technology, liaising with the tech community, and developing  digital policies. 

Sanjay Rawal

Sanjay Rawal grew up in a tomato breeder family in California. He worked in international development for a significant amount of time before turning to documentary filmmaking. He is the director of Food Chains that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (2014) and is the winner of the Doc Impact Award (2016). The film “reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets.” Through the depiction of the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their Fair Food Program the film has become part of a larger movement to ensure fair wages and protection from human rights violations for farmers.

Jake Wallis Simons

Jake Wallis Simons is an award-winning journalist and author. He is the Associate Global Editor of Daily Mail Online and has covered international stories from Latin America to the Middle East. He has covered the terrorist attacks in France, as well as the migrant crisis in Greece. His multimedia reportage of his journey through the West Bank (Meet the Settlers, won the European Newspapers award.

James Jiler

James Jiler is the Executive-Director of Urban GreenWorks, a Miami-based non-profit organization, which provides environmental programs and green job training to incarcerated men and women, youth remanded by court to drug rehab and at-risk high-school youth in low-income neighborhoods. The product is more than the formation of hard skills; GreenWorks provides an environmental artscape that blends science education, horticulture therapy and vocational training as a way to connect people to nature, and subsequently to themselves and their community, both inside and outside prison walls. In addition the organization creates programs for communities plagued by poor access to fresh food, blighted and neglected open space, low urban tree cover, and an under-employed population of young adults.

Dr. Sarah K. Khan

Sarah K. Khan launched The Queens, NY, Migrant Kitchen Series to make visible invisible migrants, bear witness, and relay their stories. She produces articles, photography, detailed data-driven maps based on Queens NY census data, and a short film, monthly. Her creative team uses each media piece to tell and share stories about marginalized people or forgotten histories.

Sarah spent over 20 years researching Asian and Middle Eastern nutrition, public health, medicine, and traditional ecological knowledge systems. She left academics to work as a freelance multimedia journalist-artist. Sarah earned a BA in Middle Eastern history/Arabic (Smith College), two Masters (public health, nutrition, Columbia University) and a Ph.D. (plant sciences, NY Botanical Garden/ CUNY). She has received numerous grants and fellowships to pursue her work. She is fluent in French, proficient in Urdu/Hindi and Arabic, can get by in Spanish and Portuguese. She is based in New York City and Madison, WI.

Dr. Masato Kajimoto

Dr. Masato Kajimoto specializes in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling, and social media in journalism. His research incorporates learning analytics, media and cultural studies and narrative analysis. Before beginning a career in teaching and research, he worked as an online reporter and “Specials” editor (web producer) for CNN.

Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, he earned his bachelor’s degree (BA) in English and American literature at Chuo University in Tokyo. He holds a master’s degree (MA) in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the U.S.
He obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong.

As a professional journalist, Masato has written news articles, features and columns in English and in Japanese. As a journalism educator, he has supervised many online projects integrating broadcast and internet technologies.

Dr. Krishnendu Ray

Krishnendu Ray is chair and asociate professor in the department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (Temple University, 2004). He co-edited (with Tulasi Srinivas) Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (University of California Press, 2012). His most recent monograph is The Ethnic Restaurateur (Bloomsbury 2016).

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon is the founding director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Eric studies civic media and public engagement within the US and the developing world. He is specifically interested in the application of games and play in these contexts. In addition to being a researcher, he is also the designer of award winning "engagement games," which are games that facilitate civic participation. He has served as an expert advisor for the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent, the World Bank, as well as municipal governments throughout the United States. In addition to articles and chapters on games, digital media, urbanism and civic engagement, he is the author of two books: Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell 2011, with Adriana de Souza e Silva) and The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities From Kodak to Google(Dartmouth 2010). His edited volume (with Paul Mihailidis) entitled Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice will be published by MIT Press in 2016.

Flavia Martinelli

Flavia Martinelli is a professional with 20 years in the communication area, specializing in Class C, part of the Free Journalists collective that operates from the perspective of the practice of independent journalism. She has served as reporter, editor and editor-in-chief of newspaper and magazines as like Estadão, Trip, Elle, Criativa, Carícia, Viva!Mais e Sou mais Eu!.. On TV, she worked in the production of CQC Band program under Protest already.

Fabian Frenzel

Fabian Frenzel is lecturer in organization studies at the University of Leicester and senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg. His research interest concern the intersections of mobility, politics and organization. In his recent book 'Slumming it. The tourist valorization of Urban Poverty‘ (Zed Books 2016) he discusses the role of travel and tourism in producing solidarities across global class divides. He is active in the alternative media network IMC Africa.

Dr Roman Gerodimos

Dr Roman Gerodimos is a Principal Academic in Global Current Affairs and Global Engagement Lead in the School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University. Roman holds an MSc in Government (LSE) and a PhD in Political Communication from Bournemouth University. He is the winner of the Arthur McDougall prize for his research on online youth civic engagement and NGO websites. Roman’s current research projects focus on the nexus of public space, digital media, urban coexistence and civic engagement. He is the founder and convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group of the UK’s Political Studies Association and has organised international conferences on new media and diplomacy (2009), media and empowerment (2011), the Greek crisis (2011) and extremism in Europe (2014). He is the co-editor of The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment (Routledge 2013) and The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). He is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning short films At the Edge of the Present and A Certain Type of Freedom. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, edited volumes and global media outlets (CNN, BBC, Sky News, AP, Euronews-among others).

Dr. Edward Lawrence

Edward Lawrence is a freelance broadcast journalist and filmmaker. His work has predominately focused on refugees, migration and human rights. He has produced and filmed for ITV News, BBC News, the BBC World Service and the Today Programme from the UK and Europe. He has also reported and commentated for the BBC World Service and BBC World News. His work began following a university project which focused on the lives of refugees in Calais in late 2013, some of which was picked up by the BBC. He has since freelance produced several films and news reports and has developed a knowledge and interest in international migration and the current refugee exodus. He has also explored the lives of refugees who have fled North Korea. Most recently, his work has focused on the lives of unaccompanied refugee children making the journey to Britain as well as the implications of changes to immigration and asylum law in the UK. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) Television production degree in 2015. 

Ivone Rocha

Ivone Rocha - has a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, she specializesin digital media, and has an MBA in e-business and information technology, as well as a degree in social communication. Ivone Rocha teaches at Senac University Center - Santo Amaro, where she is the coordinatior of graduate courses in Integrated Communication. She is the author of several books on social media communication and internet soutions.

Anne  Kruger

Anne Kruger was a daily Business News Update Presenter and World News fill-in Anchor at CNN International, and Anchor and Senior Reporter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  During her time at CNN, Anne was assigned to cover SARS (2003) as a daily beat.  At the ABC, Anne was invited by management to Anchor and work as a National correspondent for the iconic award winning weekly Australian documentary show Landline.  She was also a co-host of high profile programs such as News Breakfast on the ABC News 24 Channel and a flagship news Anchor.  She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology.  Anne is also a PhD candidate at HKU’s Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Azby Brown

Azby Brown is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985.  A widely published author on architecture and environmentalism, in 2003 he founded the Future Design Institute at the Kanazawa Institute of Design, where he is director. Since March 2011, Azby has been closely involved with assisting Fukushima communities and analyzing and reporting the issues they face. A core member of SAFECAST involved in the group’s day-to-day operations, his primary roles there are research, education, and outreach. He is lead author of the Safecast Report.

Keiko Nishimura

Keiko Nishimura is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in Cultural Studies to investigate the intersection of technology and culture, especially on robotics and artificial intelligence in Japan, and how different actors’ conceptualization of “affect” may intertwined into producing conflicting imaginaries of futures and modes of sociality.

Patrick Ward

Patrick Ward is a freelance journalist based in London. He took a master's degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, and is an alumni of the Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. He was an editor and journalist for Aftershock Nepal, which brought human stories of the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake to a global audience, and a reporter for Project India, focusing on the views of marginalised people during the 2014 Indian general election. Both projects were run by Global BU.

Patrick has also made several independent documentaries focusing on conflict and global justice, including Students Under Occupation (Palestine, 2004), The Road to Gaza (Palestine, 2009) and Rusting Assassins (Vietnam, 2014). He has written for publications including Huffington Post India, and Bookwitty and was previously an editor for Socialist Worker and Socialist Review, and managing editor of London Student newspaper. Patrick currently teaches at the Bournemouth University media school.

Patrick's work focuses primarily on international conflict and crisis issues, and he has reported on the refugee crisis from Calais and Berlin, and previously from refugee camps at the Tunisia-Libya border. He also writes regularly about politics and the media, and the relationship between the two, with a special interest in the UK, US, Middle East and Turkey.

Sanjeev Chatterjee

Sanjeev Chatterjee is a professor in the departments of Cinema & Interactive Media and Journalism at the School of Communication, University of Miami. Chatterjee's award-winning documentary film work focuses of culture and environment. Chatterjee is currently developing a documentary project abot the future of food. He is the founder and president of Media for Change

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos

Dr. Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos is a Senior Researcher in the URENIO Research Unit. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Urban and Spatial Planning, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
He participates in R&D projects dealing with Digital/Smart/Intelligent Cities and Innovation Ecosystems. His current research and publications focuses on the Design and Development of Smart/Intelligent Cities, Innovation Ecosystems, Web and Mobile Technologies for New Media, Open Data, and Civic Media and Crowdsourcing. His PhD thesis is titled: “Intelligent Cities: Technologies, Architectures and Governance of the
Digital Space”. He teaches the “Digital Cities - Intelligent Cities” and “Digital Cities: Applications Design & Development” courses in the School of Architecture and the “Web Journalism”, “Social Media Applications” and “Human-Computer Interaction” courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Paulo  Castilho

Paulo Castilho has a post-graduate degree in journalism, and self-taught in the use of audiovisual and digital media. He mostly works as a videojournalist, shooting stories with his own camera and editing all the material. Of late, he has been using mobile devices such as smartphones to create digital media content.  In his 20 years in the profession, he has produced thousands of reports and also participated in the production of long-form documentaries. He has worked in both large broadcast houses such as TV Globo, RedeTV !, TV Cultura as well as in alternative media as RedeTVT. Currently he is working independently creating digital content for companies and has launched a new personal project: Quantum Journalism, with the aim of producing and disseminating information for the awakening of consciousness and self-knowledge.


Dr. Moses Shumow

Moses Shumow is an assistant professor of digital media, journalism and broadcasting in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. His research focuses on the production and consumption of immigrant media, particularly among Latin American communities in South Florida, and explores issues of globalization, culture, geography, and transnational migration and his work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed publications including International Journal of Communication, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Critique, Media Culture and Society, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

Dr. Shumow teaches courses in digital media, multimedia storytelling, and global news literacy, with an emphasis on engaged media practices that push students to become more critical consumers and producers of media.  This work has included an interactive multimedia project with students at the University of Miami, exploring the lives of young Cubans in Miami and Havana.  More recently, he has embarked on a digital literacy initiative working with students from his university and high school students from Miami Northwestern in Liberty City, Miami.

Prior to earning his Ph.D. at the University of Miami, Dr. Shumow worked for nearly a decade in documentary production and was a member of production teams for nationally broadcast programs on PBS, Discovery Networks, History Channel and National Geographic, among others. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Emerson College in Boston.

Rebekah Chung

Rebekah Chung is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in broadcast journalism and Political science. Chung works with University of Miami Television (UMTV) and is co-executive producer of UMTV Pulse, University of Miami's campus entertainment show, after hosting the show her freshman year. During her time at UMTV, she has worked as a reporter for NewsVision and Sportsdesk, and host of Newsbreak. She has covered a variety of on-campus and local events, including the annual Baseball Fanfest, the Miami Book Fair, and the Dolphin's Cancer Challenge.

Laura Caprigilione

Laura Caprigilione is a journalist. After studying physics and social sciences at the  University of São Paulo, Laura worked as a special reporter for the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo between 2004 and 2013. She was also the news director of Notícias Populares (São Paulo). She directed new projects at Editora Abril and worked for Veja magazine. She won the Esso Prize for Reportage in 1994, for her work "Woman, the great change in Brazil" completed in partnership with Dorrit Harazim and Laura Greenhalgh. She was executive editor of Veja magazine until 2000. Since 2015 she has been part of the independent media collective Jornalistas Livres.

Teresa Camou

Born and raised in México, Teresa has always first considered herself to be a puppeteer, which she discovered to be her passion. In 1996, she joined the Bread and Puppet Theatre, and continues to collaborate with them to this day.
After earning a B.A in Visual Arts and Social Science at Bennington College, in 2004, she went on to found and direct “El Teatro Indígena de la Sierra Tarahumara”, which has become a native Mexican puppet theatre company based in northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre, known as the Sierra Tarahumara.
Along with her work in theater, Teresa began to make short on-site, documentary films about issues related to Tarahumara communities and was able to film two stop motion animations: “Tewe Chiva Nesero”(2007) and “El Entierro” (2008), which was recognized at the International Film Festival in Chihuahua city and recently produced and directed “SUNÚ” (2015) her first feature film, a documentary film about the struggle of Mexican farmer to keep their native seed alive.
In 2009, she won a Chihuahuan Institute of Culture grant to publish a collection of scripts and stories from el teatro named “Andares, Cantares”. She also greatly enjoyed being an Art Teacher at the Center for Education of the Blind (CEIAC), and recently installed two Art Exhibitions by working with blind artists, one of which tried to communicate to people who see what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.

Irene Herrera

Irene Herrera is a Venezuelan photographer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist. Among her documentary works as producer, cinematographer and director are Kodo wa Awaseba (Gran Prix Expo Aichi Film Festival); Gaijin no Honne (2004); You Can Call Me Nikkie (2008); Women in Refugee: Stories from a Border (2009), Crossing Hispaniola (2010); Spirits to Enlightenment(2012) and Some Bunny Loves Me (2013).
Irene is an active collaborator of The Global Lives Project and was the lead producer on the Lebanon and Japan chapter. In 2008 she was a fellow at the Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2009 as a Resident Professional at the Knight Center for International Media she was Executive Producer for a community based participatory project titled Vwa Fanm which aimed to teach Haitian migrant and their stateless children how to use camera and audio to tell their own stories. Most recently she began producing conscious programming for INTI TV (Ecuador).
Irene’s films have been broadcast on Link TV and shown at numerous festivals, universities, museums and art centers in the U.S. and abroad including the Asian American International Film Festival; the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival; DOCUTAH; the United Nations Association Film Festival; the Boston Latino International Film Festival; the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; DocMiami; and HOT DOCS, among others.
Her films often explore issues of gender, statelessness, refugees, and mobility. She also teaches documentary filmmaking at Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo. As a neo-nomadic third culture kid, her love for traveling and storytelling have taken her to over 55 countries where she has learned 5 languages. At heart she aspires to be a true yogi.

Dr. Karen Fowler-Watt

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is Head of the School of Journalism, English and Communication. A former BBC journalist, who worked in Radio 4 News and Current Affairs as an output editor on The World at One and PM and The World this Weekend, Karen was a field producer in the Middle East, covering the Gulf Crisis and War in 1990/1 and producing news output from Moscow, Europe, Northern Ireland and the United States, with a stint as Washington bureau producer for Clinton’s US Presidential campaign. She joined the BBC as a graduate trainee working on You and Yours, File on Four, Today as well as in the Belfast newsroom.
Karen has a BA and an MA in History from the University of Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge, she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study as a postgraduate student in the School of Government and Politics at Harvard University, where she also worked as a stringer for Reuters and Newsweek. In 2013, Karen was awarded her doctorate entitled, The Storytellers tell Their Stories: The Journalist as Educator by the University of Southampton.

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Dr. Anna Feigenbaum

Anna Feigenbaum is a writer, researcher and educator engaged in a variety of projects on communication and social change. She currently works as a Lecturer in Media & Politics here at Bournemouth University. Before joining BU Anna taught at Richmond, the American University in London and held fellow positions at the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Institute for Historical Research at University of London. Dr. Feigenbaum graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a PhD in Communication Studies. Her doctoral research on communication and creativity at women's peace camps was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Beaverbrook Fund at McGill.
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Dr. Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson is Principal Lecturer in Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. His research broadly explores the intersection of media and democracy, including news coverage of politics, the construction of news, political communication, and political talk in online environments. Daniel is co-convenor of the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group.

Dr. Isabella Rega

Isabella Rega holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and an Executive Master degree in Intercultural Communication from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). Her PhD dissertation dealt with the role of telecentres in socio-economic development.

She is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies and Education at CEMP - Centre of Excellence in Media Practice<> and member of the Civic Media Hub <> at Bournemouth University.

Formerly she worked as Post-Doc researcher at the London Knowledge Lab<>, Institute of Education, University of London, working on a project about mobile learning for Community Health Workers in Kenya (mCHW). Before moving to UK, Isabella was the executive director of the NewMinE Lab <> at USI and of the CROSS-FIELD Pro*Doc and has been involved as project manager in several ICT4D projects, focusing on eLearning and access issues, in South Africa, Brazil and Mozambique.

Isabella has worked in telecentres, as researcher and instructor, in Jamaica, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea and South Africa, and collaborated as an online teacher for a distance learning university in Colombia.

She co-founded Associazione seed<>, a non profit organization promoting the use of educational technologies in the non profit sector.
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