Her research builds on her first monograph, Social Media at BBC News: The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting (Routledge, 2015). Using an ethnographic study of how the BBC covered a series of international crises, this book focuses on how a major global media organization integrated social media into its international news reporting. Her book contributes to the growing body of research on global media production in a digital environment.
Her work engages with three subfields: media sociology, global journalism, and emerging media. This work has included journalistic social media practices in Indian journalism (published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and Neiman Journalism Lab) and social media and changes in the BBC’s impartiality (published in Symbolic Interaction). For this research, she has used interviews, document analysis, and newsrooms observation.
For her next project, she takes a closer look at organizational dynamics and social media in global news production. This project will address the current lack of empirical data about journalistic uses of social media across media institutions in crisis reporting. She is collaborating with other media scholars and colleagues to explore a set of case studies including the Hong Kong protests, the Baltimore riots, and the Syrian conflict.
Previously Valerie was a postdoctoral fellow and Knight Law and Media Program Director at the ISP. She earned a BA in sociology from McGill University, an MSc in sociology from Université de Montréal, and a PhD in sociology from City University London. She tweets @journoscholar
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