My new book is out!
**Update** – check out a review of the book in the Literary Review of Canada and on J-Source
About the book:
Social media has irrevocably changed how people consume the news. With the distinction between professional and citizen journalists blurring like never before, Digital Currents illuminates the behind-the-scenes efforts of television newscasters to embrace the public’s participation in news and information gathering and protect the integrity of professional journalism.
Using interviews with more than one hundred journalists from eight networks in Canada and the United Kingdom, Rena Bivens takes the reader inside TV newsrooms to explore how news organisations are responding to the paradigmatic shifts in media and communication practices. The first book to examine the many ways that the public has entered the production of mainstream news, Digital Currents underscores the central importance of media literacy in the age of widespread news sources.
Read the advanced praise:
“Digital Currents is a fascinating and detailed look at the inner mechanisms of television news production, news organizations, and journalistic labour, as they navigate the many challenges and opportunities of an era of declining budgets, vibrant forms of citizen journalism, and innovative uses of social media.”
(Leslie Regan Shade, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)
“A timely reaffirmation of the power and continued relevance of broadcast news in a fast-evolving media ecology. What is particularly impressive about this book is the way that the author looks at how technology impacts many different aspects of the news production process in complex and unexpected ways. Bivens’s work represents a major contribution to the ongoing debate around journalism and new technology.”
(Mike Berry, School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University)
- Interviewed by CTV on the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson car chase.
- My journal article about Facebook’s gender settings is currently under review but it’s also available for download.
- Spoke on the radio with 1310News on February 21 about Facebook’s gender settings: listen to the story here. See Carleton’s Hot Topic for more information.
- I contributed to an article about online harassment and the cognitive dissonance that surrounds it, published on February 17th, 2014
- On February 14th, 2014 I was interviewed for a CBC story about sexting and teens where I discussed ‘risk’ by noting that most teens are sexual beings who may take nude photos for pleasure and that advice for teens can include ideas such as not including your face in your nude photos. Here is the video (the story starts around 3:40) and online version.
- My contributions were included in the Victims Matter publication, published in January 2014, Volume 4, Issue 3
- In November 2013 I was featured on the Carleton website along with my two fellow Banting winners.
- I am quoted in this September 2013 article about an offensive Facebook page.
- Here is my interview on The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Rape Chant Controversy. I also blogged about it.
- Here is my April 2013 TEDx talk here: Why Gender Matters in Social Media Design.
- Talking to the Ottawa Sun about domestic violence.
- The Canadian Women’s Foundation featured my social media workshop in their August e-newsletter. Two articles are available on their website about ‘Issues and Challenges in Teen Relationships‘ and ‘Tips for Adapting Healthy Relationship Programs.’
- Carleton University’s magazine, Carleton Now, featured my article in June: Stop being shocked by Facebook … let’s shift the conversation.
- In the Ottawa Sun, responding to a call for Canadian women to dress more conservatively in order to avoid rape.
- My research was featured on Carleton University’s home page from May 8th -11th:
- I’m putting on a workshop hosted by SAN on Friday, May 25th from 1-4:30 entitled “We Aren’t Dating Until It’s Facebook Official”: Social Media and Sexual Assault. Click here to view the poster.
- In the Ottawa Citizen, talking about the B-word.
- If you are free on Wednesday, April 4th come see the showing of Miss Representation at Saw Gallery. I’ll be on the panel after the film talking about social media and gender-based violence. Click here to view the event poster.
- I’ve just been nominated for a Capital Educators’ Award!
- After giving a workshop at the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s National Skills Institute on Teen Healthy Relationships, my project on social media and gender-based violence was reported in the news. I’ve added a new resource section for program providers to my project website - click here to check it out!
- I’m featured on Jer’s Vision’s website after I attended a Canadian Club luncheon. The speaker was Jordon Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada, featured in the photo.
- For this year’s International Women’s Day I am speaking on an expert panel about Impacts and Responses to Sexual Violence, hosted by the Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre, Sexual Assault Network and Equity Services at Carleton University. Come check it out by clicking here for a poster with more details or watching the broadcast on Rogers TV!