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148 Media Mentions and Interviews, 16 Conference Panels and Workshops: my public engagement work in 2021

The impact of COVID on journalism in the Global South, managing misinformation, digital trends and the future of local journalism… just some of the topics I touched on this year

Talking about Digital Disruption — in person! — to members of Northwest Public Power Association at their annual conference in Portland, Oregon, 13 October 2021

This post follows on from an earlier round-up sharing links to the applied research I published in 2021.

COVID-19 once again meant that almost all my travel this year was virtual. But Zoom made it possible to engage in events hosted by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, as well as other events hosted in Italy and UAE, as well as activity in the USA; including a series of webinars that I have organized for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University on media policy and local journalism. I also had the chance to speak at one event, in Portland (OR) in person, the first time I had done so in 18 months. It felt great — and a bit weird — in equal measure. I certainly felt rusty!

I contributed to a wide range of discussions, covering everything from online misinformation, to e-commerce and other revenue strategies, social media and tech trends in the Middle East, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on journalism.

Image for the TMR (The Men’s Room) podcast, where I spoke about VoIP and Tech Bans in the Middle East,

Alongside this, during the past year, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by outlets and organizations like the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the USA (AFPC-USA), Columbia Journalism Review, Digital Content Next, Editor & Publisher, Forbes, Foreign Press Association USA, The New York Times, NPR and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

Meanwhile, my research and journalistic work were highlighted by organizations such as the American Press Institute, Arab News, CNN Reliable Sources, FIPP, JAMLAB Africa, journalism.co.uk, Media Voices podcast, MTV Lebanon, Nieman Lab and Twipe.

Here’s a round-up of those activities:

Events/Conference Speaking

Panelists: Graciela Mochkofsky, Director of the Bilingual Journalism Program, Executive Director, Center for Community Media at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism; Tracie Powell, Founder at The Pivot Fund, Fall 2021 Shorenstein Center Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, board chair of LION Publishers, Simon Galperin Founding Director of the Bloomfield Information Project and of the Community Info Coop.
Panelists: Kristy Hess, Associate Professor of communication at Deakin University, Australia and Associate Editor, Digital Journalism; Matthew Powers, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication, Co-Director of Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy at the University of Washington; Sameer Padania, Founder at Macroscop, Lead Author Journalism Funders Forum.
  • New Media Academy: Report launch, “How the Middle East Used Social Media in 2020,” via Zoom, 11 March 2021
Will Church, Head of Journalism and Media Programmes at Thomson Reuters Foundation, and I, joined Ian Williams of the Foreign Press Association to expand on our report which investigates the effects of COVID-19 on journalists and journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South.
Welcome and opening remarks from Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF). Panel: Zanji Sinkala, an investigative multimedia journalist from Zambia; Juan Garcia Hernandez a reporter for the digital newspaper Economía Hoy in Mexico City; Monica Jha, an independent journalist based in Bangalore, India; Natalia Bushkovskaya, a freelance health correspondent based in Ukraine
My slides providing an overview of the TRF #COVIDReport

Media Interviews / Mentions

I may have missed some, but here’s the main mentions for my work over the past year, including a mixture of interviews, direct (named) references to work I have published, or other links to my work (unnamed).

  1. Digital Content Next: Why video might be the key to podcasting success, 09 December 2021
  2. FIPP: FIPP World Newsletter, 01 December 2021
  3. ABS-CBN News: Filipinos online get news mainly from social: study, 01 December 2021
  4. Spiny Trends: Report highlights 50 revenue options for publishers, 01 December 2021
  5. WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers): World Press Trends preview: Publishers upbeat about future business, 30 November 2021
  6. Tow Center for Digital Journalism: Tow Center weekly Newsletter, 30 November 2021
  7. Forbes: RIP Twitter Trending As Jack Dorsey Steps Down, And Some Vow To Leave Service For GETTR, 29 November 2021
  8. FIPP: 50 Ways to Make Media Pay (fully updated for 2021): download the report now, 29 November 2021
  9. The New York Times: Local News Outlets Could Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid, 28 November 2021
  10. The Fix: How media outlets can diversify their revenue, from micropayments to eBooks (and NFTs), 19 November 2021
  11. WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers): World Editors Forum Newsletter, 19 November 2021
  12. FIPP: Social media in the Middle East: 5 key trends, 17 November 2021
  13. twipe: “50 ways to make media pay”: A look at the future of publisher revenue generation, 17 November 2021
  14. Editor & Publisher: News Publishing Today, 17 November 2021
  15. Editor & Publisher: Tow Center study captures local news life, 09 November 2021
  16. Spiny Trends: How to keep innovating effectively as a publisher, 03 November 2021
  17. Tow Center for Digital Journalism: Tow Center weekly Newsletter, 02 November 2021
  18. Nieman Lab: Nieman Newsletter 28 October 2021, 28 October 2021
  19. Nieman Lab: What We’re Reading, 28 October 2021
  20. Digital Content Next: DCN’s must reads: week of October 28, 2021, 28 October 2021
  21. American Press Institute: Need to Know Thursday, October 28, 2021, 28 October 2021
  22. www.audiosocial.network: Experts share their tips for making the most from many audio formats, 28 October 2021
  23. The Media Minute: The Media Minute 10.27.21, 27 October 2021
  24. Today in News Tech: How newspapers define and implement “Innovation”, 27 October 2021
  25. Farm and Dairy: Are you OK? Because we’re not., 25 October 2021
  26. Nieman Lab: Nieman Newsletter 25 October 2021, 25 October 2021
  27. Nieman Lab: What We’re Reading, 25 October 2021
  28. Columbia Journalism Review (CJR): The Media Today — British MP’s death intensifies calls for end to online anonymity, 21 October 2021
  29. Columbia Journalism Review (CJR): Small-market newspapers: the view from on the ground, 20 October 2021
  30. Digital Content Next: Local news is changing. Here’s how journalists feel about it, 18 October 2021
  31. Spiny Trends: How to leverage user-generated audio for greater audience engagement, 15 October 2021
  32. podnews: Last Podcast on the Left to stop being Spotify Exclusive, 14 October 2021
  33. Muck Rack Weekly: Two good days in a row for the internet, 13 October 2021
  34. FIPP: FIPP and Tipser’s e-commerce course Week 5: Putting the pieces together, 13 October 2021
  35. twipe: The Augmentation of Audio, 13 October 2021
  36. Poynter: Local Edition newsletter, 13 October 2021
  37. Editor & Publisher: Experts share their tips for making the most from many audio formats, 12 October 2021
  38. Media Nation (Dan Kennedy): A new study highlights the difficulties of working for small newspapers, 08 October 2021
  39. Columbia Journalism Review (CJR): The Media Today — The shifting floor in debt ceiling coverage, 08 October 2021
  40. American Press Institute: Need to Know: October 8, 2021, 08 October 2021
  41. CNN: Reliable Sources newsletter, 07 October 2021
  42. Nieman Lab: Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says, (also republished in Portuguese by Poder360) 07 October 2021
  43. Editor & Publisher: Life at local newspapers in a turbulent era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 U.S. newsroom employees, 07 October 2021
  44. FIPP: FIPP and Tipser’s e-commerce course Week 4: Conversion rate optimisation, 07 October 2021
  45. journalism.co.uk: Tip: Beef up your Twitter strategy, 04 October 2021
  46. FIPP: FIPP and Tipser’s e-commerce course Week 3: Development & Implementation, 30 September 2021
  47. FIPP: FIPP and Tipser’s e-commerce course Week 2: A look at the growing range of models around the world, 21 September 2021
  48. Editor & Publisher: Use audio to promote greater audience engagement, 17 September 2021
  49. FIPP: FIPP and Tipser’s e-commerce course Week 1: Setting the scene — an introduction to e-commerce, 15 September 2021
  50. Digital Content Next: As podcasting soars, advertising follows, 02 September 2021
  51. Media Voices: The Media Round-Up, 24 August 2021
  52. American Press Institute: Need to Know: August 23, 2021, 23 August 2021
  53. Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the USA (AFPC-USA): Emerging trends in journalism: how to use them and increase effectiveness as a reporter, 23 August 2021
  54. SpeechKit: 6 benefits of converting articles into audio, 10 August 2021
  55. dubawa: Challenges Nigerian media organisations face in covering the pandemic and resultant disinformation, 04 August 2021
  56. Ada Magazine: Begeisterung für Audio: Hört, hört! (Enthusiasm for audio: listen, listen!), 03 August 2021
  57. Digital products, strategy and innovation newsletter (Kevin Anderson): Publishers: Your Products Suck PLUS Podcasters, shorter is better, don’t be so self-indulgent, 15 July 2021
  58. American Press Institute: Need to Know: July 13, 2021, 13 July 2021
  59. Editor & Publisher: Life at Small Market Newspapers in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 13 July 2021
  60. Publisher Weekly: Issue #157 — Why you should monetize your content directly, 04 July 2021
  61. Paminy: MarTech and AdTech News Headlines Update on July 02 2021, 02 July 2021
  62. Observatório da Imprensa: Redações em mutação: Covid-19 impulsiona modelo híbrido (Changing Newsrooms: Covid-19 Drives Hybrid Model), 29 June 2021
  63. ANER — Associação Nacional de Editores de Revistas: Oito maneiras de fazer o áudio compensar em redações menores, (Eight Ways to Make Audio Pay in Smaller Newsrooms), 28 June 2021
  64. Arab News en Francais: Les nouvelles tendances des réseaux sociaux dans la région Mena (New social media trends in the MENA region), 23 June 2021
  65. America’s Newspapers: Eight ways smaller newsrooms can make audio pay, 15 June 2021
  66. ANER — Associação Nacional de Editores de Revistas: Oito maneiras pelas quais redações menores podem fazer o áudio compensar, 15 June 2021
  67. America’s Newspapers: Eight ways smaller newsrooms can make audio pay, 15 June 2021
  68. Editor & Publisher: Eight Ways Smaller Newsrooms Can Make Audio Pay, 15 June 2021
  69. TMR (The Men’s Room): VoIP and Tech Bans in the Middle East, 14 June 2021
  70. WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers): Social media trends in MENA in 2020, 09 June 2021
  71. The Media Roundup from Media Voices: Wednesday 9th June: Have you opened this email? Soon, we won’t know. (Also republished by What’s New In Publishing), 09 June 2021
  72. Observatório da Imprensa: A reinvenção do jornalismo passa pelos jornais locais (The reinvention of journalism passes through local newspapers), 08 June 2021
  73. ANER — Associação Nacional de Editores de Revistas: Nove maneiras pelas quais as redações podem incorporar mais áudio em seu trabalho, 28 May 2021
  74. What’s New In Publishing: 9 ways publishers can incorporate more audio, 10 tops on raising media money, and more: This week in publishing, 27 May 2021
  75. Editor & Publisher: Nine Ways Newsrooms Can Incorporate More Audio in Their Work, 27 May 2021
  76. arab.org: Rise of MENA Education Technology, 21 May 2021
  77. Jacaranda FM: Dancing man becomes social media sensation, 18 May 2021
  78. International Policy Digest: Targeted Disinformation Campaigns, 14 May 2021
  79. Pagosa Daily Post: EDITORIAL: All the News That’s Fit to Share, Part Two, 11 May 2021
  80. Journalism.co.uk: Tip: Getting the most out of interviewing experts, 10 May 2021
  81. The Media Online: Building loyalty and revenues from younger readers through local content, 10 May 2021
  82. Middle East Monitor: Uso de redes sociais aumentou na pandemia entre árabes (Use of social media increased in the pandemic among Arabs), 06 May 2021
  83. Kentucky Press Association: ‘Audio’ outdistancing smartphone apps and TV for top content; newspapers encouraged to adopt, 30 April 2021
  84. What’s New In Publishing: How publishers can incorporate more audio: The Media Roundup, 30 April 2021
  85. Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA): Social media usage up in Arab countries during pandemic, 30 April 2021
  86. Media Voices: The Media Round-Up Friday 30th April: How publishers can incorporate more audio, 30 April 2021
  87. Kevin Anderson’s Daily Newsletter: Email! Level Up Your Subscription Strategy and Flipboard’s Move to Support Newsletter Subs, 29 April 2021
  88. Editor & Publisher: Nine Ways Newsrooms Can Incorporate More Audio in their Work, 28 April 2021 (also 29 April 2021 daily newsletter)
  89. Jeremy Caplan, Coda: Building a Revenue Portfolio, 28 April 2021
  90. Solutions Journalism Network: Meet Our Participants: 2021 SoJo Educators Academy, 28 April 2021
  91. Aus dem Internet-Observatorium: #15 Clubhouse und Social Audio — Genre oder Funktion?,24 April 2021
  92. Israel Gulf Report: Artificial intelligence, kosher food and new partnerships, 21 April 2021
  93. Public Media Alliance: PSM Weekly 14–20 April, 20 April 2021
  94. WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers): Building loyalty and revenues from younger readers through local content, 20 April 2021
  95. Middle East Online: Modern communication platforms are shaking the throne of Twitter in the Arab region (In Arabic), 15 April 2021
  96. Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club: Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere, 14 April 2021
  97. Newsletter Sebastiana Matyszczaka: To medium pożegnało się z mediami społecznościowymi. Czy żałuje? (In Polish: This medium said goodbye to social media. Do you regret it?),12 April 2021
  98. Carrington Malin: UAE innovation plans stand to gain from Israeli collaborations, 11 April 2021
  99. Giornalisti al Microfono: Modelli di business: come il giornalismo può farsi pagare, senza pubblicità (In Italian: Business models: how journalism can get paid, without advertising), 09 April 2021
  100. Israel Gulf Report: Report: Economy in focus as historic Abraham Accords gather strength, 07 April 2021
  101. JAMLAB: The impact of Covid-19 on journalists in Africa, 06 April 2021
  102. la Repubblica: Cent’anni e sentirli. In diretta ($), 06 April 2021
  103. Lifewire: Why Clubhouse Alternatives Could Mean More Audio Choices, 05 April 2021
  104. ZDNet: Phones we love: ZDNet writers actually (still!) use these devices, 26 March 2021
  105. Communicate: How Did The Middle East Use Social Media In 2020?, 21 March 2021
  106. Pensem: El periodisme a l’era de la desinformació digital: un servei essencial per a la democràcia (In Catalan: Journalism in the age of digital misinformation: an essential service for democracy), 19 March 2021
  107. East Africa Daily: Covid-19 Crushed Media, Gave Governments Excuse to Silence Journalists — Study, 19 March 2021
  108. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: What the COVID-19 pandemic means for freelance journalists in the Global South, 16 March 2021
  109. Khaleej Times: UAE users have over 10 social media accounts, survey reveals, 14 March 2021
  110. Zawya: The New Media Academy publishes its first comprehensive social media report for the Middle East in 2020, 14 March 2021
  111. Editor & Publisher: Studying the Impact of a Pandemic on Global Journalism (An “E&P REPORTS” Video/ Podcast also available on YouTube and iTunes), 09 March 2021
  112. journalism.co.uk: Tip: Nine best practices for reporting on covid-19, 08 March 2021
  113. Foundr Magazine: Ultimate Guide to Clubhouse for Entrepreneurs, 08 March 2021
  114. JSTOR Daily: Online Voices, Mongolian Dogs, and Coronazeit, 02 March 2021
  115. Silicon Florist: Why is Clubhouse so popular? A University of Oregon professor explains, 02 March 2021
  116. Pod Academy: Journalism in the pandemic: challenges and innovation, 22 February 2021
  117. Mensagem de Lisboa: Um jornal, um café, e que mais? O que é e ao que vem a Mensagem, 21 Friday 2021
  118. Journalism Students Network Of Zimbabwe: Covid Report: How The Virus Has Changed The Face And Future Of Journalism, 08 February 2021
  119. The Fix: Deals, deals, deals, 01 February 2021
  120. MediaPowerMonitor: Impact of Covid on Journalism in the Global South, 31 January 2021
  121. Foreign Press Association USA: Is journalism another casualty of COVID 19?, 28 January 2021
  122. Columbia Journalism Review / CJR: In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void, 27 January 2021
  123. The Communication Initiative Network: The Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South, 26 January 2021
  124. Journalism Students Network Of Zimbabwe: How Covid-19 Impacted Journalism In Emerging Economies And The Global South, 26 January 2021
  125. JAMLAB Africa: Covid report: How the virus has changed the face and future of journalism, 24 January 2021
  126. Farol Jornalismo: NFJ # 313 How the pandemic impacted journalism in emerging economies (Como a pandemia impactou o jornalismo nas economias emergentes, published in Portuguese), 22 January 2021
  127. journalism.co.uk: Six ingredients for a perfect audio story, 22 January 2021
  128. Business Trumpet (Nigeria): The impact of COVID-19 on journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South, 22 January 2021
  129. CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists): The Torch weekly newsletter, 21 January 2021
  130. Monocle: Issue 140, February 2021, 20 January 2020
  131. Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC): Newsletter #78 ‘An Unusual Inauguration & the Post-Trump Era,’ 20 January 2021
  132. Muck Rack Weekly: So many important gems, 20 January 2021
  133. Pod Academy: Local journalism in the pandemic, 19 January 2021
  134. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Weekly newsletter, 19 January 2021
  135. Around the O: UO researchers share expertise on COVID-19, Jan. 11–15, 19 January 2021
  136. Modern Treatise: Third Way: How Money Influences The Media, 18 January 2021
  137. Nieman Lab: Daily Newsletter, 15 January 2021
  138. International Journalism Festival: The decision to ban Trump from Facebook and Twitter, the impact of Covid-19 on journalism in the Global South, and the new reality for Hong Kong media, 15 January 2021
  139. CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists): The Torch weekly newsletter, 15 January 2021
  140. Bizcommunity.com (South Africa): Report reveals the impact of Covid-19 on journalism, 15 January 2021
  141. International Press Institute (IPI): IPI Weekly Digest, 15 January 2021
  142. Nieman Lab: The Covid-19 crisis is being used to curb press freedom around the world, a new report warns, 14 January 2021
  143. BIZweek.mu: Thomson Reuters’ report: The Impact of Covid on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South (and weekly PDF publication Edition 325), 14 January 2021
  144. Editor & Publisher: Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South, 14 January 2021
  145. American Press Institute: Need to Know: January 14, 2021, 14 January 2021
  146. Columbia Journalism Review / CJR: The Media Today — Platform ban of Trump and Parler raises questions about speech and power, 14 January 2021
  147. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Global South and emerging economies revealed in new report, 14 January 2021
  148. NPR: Our Favorite Global TikToks Of 2020: From A Handwashing Dance To A Literal Ice Box, 01 January 2021

Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, an affiliate faculty member of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA) and the Agora Journalism Center, and a Research Associate of the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR), at the University of Oregon.

Alongside holding the Chambers Chair at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), he is also a three-time Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies (JOMEC), and a life fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy, and teaching positions for the past two and a half decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio).

Damian continues to be an active journalist, writing monthly columns for ZDNet (Red Ventures). He also writes regular features for the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), What’s New in Publishing, journalism.co.uk and other outlets. Damian writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution — and practice — of journalism.

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Research, analysis, teaching materials and journalistic output by the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon

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