Alfred Hermida is a frequent commentator in the media on how new communication technologies are affecting how we live, work and play.
He is well-known for his insights into the impact of social media and the role of participatory journalism in the news. His profile as a regular commentator in the media was recognized by the 2011 UBC President’s Award for Public Education Through Media.
Selected print/online highlights
- The Globe and Mail, Why is Elon Musk buying Twitter? What you need to know about the $44-billion deal. April 25, 2022.
- Canadian Press, Canadian news outlets close physical offices, codifying remote work, March 2021 (in Times-Colonist).
- CBC News, It plays to our worst fears’: Coronavirus misinformation fuelled by social media, January 2020.
- Canadian Press, B.C. privacy commissioner suggests media civility for Prince Harry and Meghan, January 2020 (in Toronto Star)
- Toronto Star, Will royal baby Archie grow up with a Canadian accent? And other questions about Harry and Meghan’s big move, January 2020
- Global News, Facebook launching political ad transparency tools ahead of Canadian federal vote, June 2019
- VICE news, Trump’s war on the media is driving students to journalism, November 2018
- University Affairs, Journalism programs struggle to adapt to changing times, July 2018
- Policy Options, Artificial intelligence is rewiring the news and information ecosystem in novel and unexpected ways, February 2018
- CBC News, New National looks to attract younger viewers with depth, analysis, more anchors, November 2017
- Maclean’s, Sex, lies and the CBC, October 2014
Selected TV highlights
- CBC Vancouver TV. Russia blocks independent news and social media, March 4, 2022
- Global National, Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia over news content rules, February 2021
- CBC News The National, Coronavirus misinformation floods social media, January 2020.
- Global News BC, Harry and Meghan threaten to sue photographers, January 2020
- Global National: Apology, legal actions threat after tweet about Phaneuf, Cuthbert and Lupul, March 2015
- Global BC: What makes a successful crowdfunding campaign?, March 2015
- TVO The Agenda: Dissent in a digital age, December 2014
- Global Toronto The Morning Show: Why we share and why it matters, October 2014
- CBC The National: The bystander effect and social media, March 2014
- CBC The National, Online online detectives work on Boston Marathon attack, April 2013
Selected radio highlights
- CBC BC Almanac, News on social media, June 2019
- PRI The World, Social media and the Boston Marathon bombings, April 2012
- Sunday Extra, ABC National Radio, Australia, The rise of citizen journalism, June 2012
- Digital Planet, BBC World Service: Twitter and media law, October 2009
Watch select media appearances
Daily Matters podcast (2020)
TVO The Agenda (2014)