The Plenary Speakers 

 Distinguished keynote speakers will be Professor Jane Singer (City, University of London), Dr Valerie Belair-Gagnon (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis) and Professor John Hartley (University of Sydney). 

Jane Singer 

Jane B. Singer is Professor Emerita of Journalism Innovation at City, University of London. At City, she served as research lead for the Department of Journalism and taught at the BA and MA levels, as well as supervising doctoral students. She previously held academic staff posts at the University of Iowa and Colorado State University in the US, and served for three years as Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. 

Singer is the 2023 recipient of the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was inducted as a Fellow of the International Communication Association in 2022; served as a specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communication and Digital in 2020, during its enquiry into the future of journalism; and received the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the Grady 

College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in 2017. 

A former print and online journalist, Singer was the founding news manager of America’s first national online service. An academic since the 1990s, her research has traced the evolution of digital journalism over the past quarter-century, with a focus on journalists’ changing roles, perceptions, norms and practices. Google Scholar indicates her work has been cited more than 12,000 times. She holds a PhD in Journalism from the University of Missouri; an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University; and a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia. 

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon 

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon is Associate Professor and Cowles Fellow in Media Management at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She is also a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota and a visiting researcher at the Oslo Metropolitan University Department of Journalism and Media. 

Her research interests include: Journalism, professions, knowledge production and identity; Digital labour and engagement; Business and future of journalism; and Happiness and well-being in work. She is the author of The Paradox of Connection (forthcoming, Illinois University Press, with Diana Bossio, Holton and Logan Molyneux), Happiness in Journalism (2023, Routledge edited with Holton, Mark Deuze and Claudia Mellado), Journalism Research that Matters (2021, Oxford University Press, edited with Nikki Usher), and Social Media at BBC News (2015, Routledge). She also has published in journals including New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Communication, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Before joining the University of Minnesota, she was executive director and research scholar at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and fellow at Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She also worked in communications in corporate and non-profit environments. Born in Montréal (Québec, Canada), she earned her BA (McGill), MSc (Université de Montréal) and PhD (City, University of London) in Sociology. 

John Hartley 

John Hartley is professor in Digital Media and Culture at the University of Sydney. He was founding head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, and founding dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. He founded the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage), editing it for 20 years. His research has focused on the role of commercial and entertainment media in forming publics, on DIY culture and digital storytelling, and on popular activism in social media. 

He is an alumnus of Cardiff University, where he co-founded the student newspaper Gair Rhydd, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hartley worked at the Polytechnic of Wales (1975-84) before moving to Australia in 1985. He has maintained a long association with both Wales and Australia. He returned to Cardiff to set up the Journalism School (1996-2000), and was appointed as a ‘Serious Brain Power’ professor there (2012-16). He is an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Member of the Order of Australia. 

His latest work addresses the shifts from national to global cultures, analogue to digital technologies, and individualist to systems thinking, in the planetary politics of the digital Anthropocene. Recent books include: 

– Lucy Montgomery, John Hartley, Cameron Neylon, et al. (2021) Open Knowledge Institutions: Reinventing Universities. MIT Press. 

– John Hartley, (2021) Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries. Edward Elgar. 

– John Hartley, Indrek Ibrus and Maarja Ojamaa (2020) On the Digital Semiosphere: Culture, Media and Science for the Anthropocene. Bloomsbury. 

– John Hartley (2021) How We Use Stories and Why That Matters. Bloomsbury (Open Access at 

Conference Programme: 

The programme is currently being worked on and will be distributed before the end of May 2023. 

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Many thanks for your time, and we look forward to seeing you in September!