HI! I'M VALERIE
Dr. Valerie Belair-Gagnon is an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center and Affiliated Faculty at the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research looks at how digital media is transforming information cultures and journalism. Some areas of current research:
platforms, media and tech, and the future of journalism
innovation, business models, and emerging technology (including values, practices, changes in journalism, knowledge, labor)
social media, including misinformation and user-generated content
She is currently working on a grant funded by the Norwegian Research Council on source criticism and misinformation (with Steen Steensen, Bente Kalsnes, Oscar Westlund and Lucas Graves). She teaches about digital and social media, misinformation, journalism studies, and qualitative methods.
She is the author of Social Media at BBC News (Routledge, 2015) and Journalism Research that Matters (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, co-edited with Nikki Usher). Her research has been published in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Symbolic Interaction, Digital Journalism and Nieman Journalism Lab, Columbia Journalism Review, among others.
From 2014-16, she was Executive Director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project where she remains an Affiliated Fellow. In 2019, she was an OsloMet Digital Journalism Fellow and in 2016 she was a Tow Center for Digital Journalism Fellow.
Dr. Valerie Belair-Gagnon holds a PhD from City University of London, a MSc from the University of Montreal and a BA from McGill University in Sociology.