Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies and Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center (MJC) at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. She was Executive Director and Research Scholar at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School where she remains affiliated and Fellow at the Tow Center at Columbia University. She has also been a Digital Journalism Fellow at Norway’s OsloMet. Her research focuses on emerging media technology and the changing shape of information cultures. She has looked at journalism cultures of innovation, the role of tech companies in the news, and deployment of automation in the media. She has authored Social Media at BBC News (Routledge) and published in peer reviewed journals. In her role at the MJC, she focuses on fostering journalism innovation through research and interaction between media professionals and the academy through events and research.