"Open journalism: bringing people together to tell richer stories" by Dr Philippa Law

Past Event

15 May 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This Seminar is co-hosted with the Oxford Martin Programme on Computational Cosmology and is part of the Oxford Martin School Trinity Term seminar series: Trusting the crowd: solving big problems with everyday solutions.

Dr Philippa Law, Community Coordinator at GuardianWitness, will demonstrate how harnessing the wisdom and, more importantly, the personal experiences of the crowd can improve journalism and create a richer picture of the world.

The Guardian has a long history of working with its readers to shape and improve its journalism. In 2013 it launched GuardianWitness, a user-generated content platform designed to enable members of the public to share their photos, videos and stories.

This seminar will also be live webcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tI3ZUkZRkw

About the speaker

Dr Philippa Law is the UGC Community Coordinator at The Guardian, where she encourages readers to contribute to the paper’s open journalism through GuardianWitness.

For her PhD thesis she conducted research into audience participation in Welsh-language media at Queen Mary, University of London. She has maintained research interests in minority language media and am available to advise policy makers and media producers on reaching and interacting with a minority language audience.

She currently looks after ‘Media in your language’, a new network for producers, presenters, journalists and academics who work with TV, radio, print and online media content in minority languages.

Her background is in radio and web production at the BBC, where she created audio and online content for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 7, the World Service and CBeebies. She is passionate about interacting with audiences, so is especially proud to have been part of the team that produced BBC Voices, a highly successful multiplatform project which involved over 1000 members of the public.