The Future of News Coverage in an Age of Social Media

September 06, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Santiago and Columbia Professor Duy Linh Tu to Present Master Class on the Revolution in Journalism

As social networks turn the traditional model of journalism upside down and condense the timeframe of reportage, Columbia Global Centers – Columbia University’s network of eight education and research centers across the world – are exploring this new media landscape for publishers, reporters, photographers, and consumers of news worldwide. “The resources and reputation of the Columbia Journalism School, combined with the Centers’ on-the-ground expertise in local communities and regions around the world, create a valuable opportunity to examine the global implications of light-speed reporting of events by professional journalists and the general public,” says Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University.

Columbia’s Global Center in Santiago, Chile, is tackling this issue in a master class with Columbia Journalism School’s Duy Linh Tu, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the school’s Digital Media Program. On September 13th, Tu will present “The Future of News Coverage” – a seminar open to the public at Universidad Diego Portales’ School of Communications and Letters – covering current news trends driven by the immediacy and virality of social networks.

“In bringing in the ‘J School’ – which is widely known in Chile with alumni working in many news outlets here – this program explores the challenges that are facing news media both in Chile and globally,” said Karen Poniachik, Director of the Santiago Center.

On these challenges for media, Duy Linh Tu explained, “The journalism world, especially in the States, is going through cataclysmic changes that appear to have no end. Mistakes are being made, and very few answers about how media will work in the future are being found. But, in the chaos, it is also becoming clear that many opportunities exist, and we’re beginning to see some hints about the directions we should take or those we should avoid.”

For “The Future of News Coverage” seminar, which will be livestreamed at, the Santiago Center will partner with Chilean universities Universidad Diego Portales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and is inviting numerous members of Chilean and global media to participate. “The Center is using its convening power to bring faculty, students, and news media representatives together to dive into news coverage trends, and the opportunities and threats these trends pose,” said Poniachik.  

Columbia’s Center in Santiago develops a continual series of programs throughout the year, addressing issues of urgent concern to the city, country, and region – including politics, health, natural disasters, digital transformation, and others. The Center has teamed up with Harvard Club de Chile, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, MIT Club de Chile, and MIT Sloan Management Latin America Office for a series of panel discussions on current local public policy issues. A recent program addressed “Chile’s Digital Challenges” and featured Mauricio Ríos, CEO of Everis Chile; Claudio Muñoz, President of Telefónica Chile; and Mónica Retamal, Executive Director at Fundación Kodea.

The U.S. presidential election and its impact beyond U.S. borders will also be covered by the Santiago Center, which will feature a series of events on the topic September 26-28. Led by Columbia University Professor Robert Y. Shapiro, a global expert in American politics and policy, and held in partnership with the U.S. embassy in Chile and AmCham Chile (Chilean American Chamber of Commerce), the events will include a “morning after” discussion of the first televised debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“With all of our programs,” said Poniachik, “we strive to bring in the topmost experts in a wide range of fields, from both Columbia and Chile, so that they can share their knowledge with local students, academics, and professionals and improve this global dialogue.”  


For media inquiries around “The Future of News Coverage” on September 13th, please see contacts below 

Davia Temin or Suzanne Oaks Brownstein of Temin and Company at or 212-588-8788,

Matt Erlandsen, Communications Officer, Columbia Global Centers │ Santiago, at or +56 9 82185055.


About Columbia Global Centers

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