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"Trends and Best Practices for Digital Communications Practitioners"

The VSP brings experts in digital media, journalism, and other fields to speak and interact directly with students and professionals via video conference setting. This lecture, titled "Trends and Best Practices for Digital Communications Practitioners" was delivered by Paul Mihailidis, who joined the video conference from Boston, Massachusetts. 

Mihailidis spoke about his views on current trends we encounter in our online and digital interactions. He discussed the notion of spectacle and how content creators nowadays resort to sensationalism to reach more audiences. He also added how this, and other rising trends such as Fake News propagation, have led to an atmosphere of distrust in the media in general. The Agency Gap created as a result of people’s heavy consumption of online media messaging was also discussed as a rising trend. Finally, Mihailidis proposed some solutions to regain trust in the media and to positively engage in meaningful civic action through digital platforms.

The lecture was moderated by Hussein Amin, Director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism and Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, who also delivered some opening remarks to the attendees. It was well attended by graduate and undergraduate journalism and TVDJ students, faculty and alumni.

The Virtual Speaker Program (VSP) is an ongoing collaborative initiative between the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism and the US Embassy in Egypt with the purpose of highlighting new media practices and digital journalism to the global audience, promoting positive, people-to-people knowledge exchange.

About the speaker: Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor in Emerson College’s Department of Marketing Communication, where he teaches courses on media literacy, interactive communication, and digital media and culture. He also serves as the director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, where he oversees the creation of multimedia media literacy products used in over 100 countries. Mihailidis’ areas of expertise include digital civic activism, and media literacy.