An leads the product team at Meedan, a platform for verifying news in real time and translation of social media content. Meedan’s products support work for a number of outlets, including Bellingcat, WITNESS and National Geographic’s Out of Eden Walk. She is also co-founder of The Civic Beat, a research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. They have led workshops and exhibitions in spaces such as the ACLU, the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image and RightsCon Southeast Asia.
An will discuss ways to build products and platforms to help reach new audiences.
The University of Nevada, Reno and Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, in partnership with Nevada Humanities, honored Richard Ford as the 2016 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.
Richard Ford is an American novelist and short story writer. Ford is the author of eleven fiction books, including the New York Times best-selling Independence Day, Canada, and Let Me Be Frank With You. His short stories have been widely anthologized. He is a prolific essayist and journalist, writing often on politics for Le Monde, The Financial Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeibe Zeitung, and the Dagens Hyheter in Sweden.
His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix Femina in France, and in 2016, the Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain. He is a Mellon Professor in Humanities at Columbia University, and lives in East Boothbay, Maine, and Billings, Montana.
This program is also part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, and is supported by the Pulitzer Prizes Board.
The Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program was established posthumously in 2001 to inspire new generations of writers in honor of Laxalt, who developed from news reporter to fiction and nonfiction author during his prolific career. Considered by many to be Nevada’s finest writer, Laxalt founded the University of Nevada Press and wrote 17 books, four of which were entered for the Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote for National Geographic and served as a professor in the University’s Reynolds School of Journalism for 18 years, teaching magazine writing and literary journalism.
"Global Media Giants," by Reynolds School Professor Ben Birkinbine, takes an in-depth look at how media corporate power works globally, regionally, and nationally, investigating the ways in which the largest and most powerful media corporations in the world wield power. Case studies examine not only some of the largest media corporations (News Corp, Microsoft) in terms of revenues, but also media corporations that hold considerable power within national, regional, or geolinguisqic contexts (Televisa, Bertelsmann, Sony). Each chapter approaches a different corporation through the lens of economy, politics, and culture, giving students and scholars a thoughtful and data-driven guide with which to interrogate contemporary media industry power.
Ryan Chittum, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, visited the Reynolds School Sept. 28-29. Chittum helped break the Panama Papers story. During his time at the School he will visit with select classes and give a Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) talk.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.
Founded in 1997 by the respected American journalist Chuck Lewis, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Backed by the Center and its computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, ICIJ reporters and editors provide real-time resources and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to journalists around the world.