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Danielson Award Lecture

October 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Danielson Award Lecture

The Wayne A. Danielson Award recognizes scholars who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of communication. Created in 1991, it honors Professor Emeritus Wayne Danielson for his contributions to the Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, and the field of communication.

This year, the Moody College of Communication is proud to announce Dr. Claire Wardle as the 2022 Danielson Award winner.

Lecture Title: Share YOUR experiences and tips: Understanding the causes and potential responses to misinformation through participatory culture
This talk focuses on the participatory characteristics of disinformation ecosystems, those that make people feel heard, part of a movement, and ultimately provide a sense of agency. In comparison, quality information ecosystems remain top-down, linear and hierarchical, based on communication practices that ‘worked’ thirty years ago, but consistently fail in the context of our contemporary weaponized information environments. Using the case studies of #stopthesteal, #filmyourhospital and #vaccineskill I will explain why these conspiracy communities are so seductive. I will go on to argue that participatory dynamics, both online and off, need to power our responses to misinformation, and how early experiments in participatory web communities by the BBC in the early 2000s provide a roadmap for some potential ideas for interventions. 
Bio: Claire Wardle is co-founder and co-director of the Information Futures Lab, and Professor of the Practice at the Brown School of Public Health. She is considered a leader in the field of misinformation, verification and user generated content, co-authoring the foundational report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. In 2015, Claire co-founded the non-profit First Draft, a pioneer in innovation, research and practice in the field of misinformation. Over the past decade she has developed an organization-wide training program for the BBC on eyewitness media, verification and misinformation, led social media policy at UNHCR, been a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and been the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.


October 19, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
DMC 5.208 (Dean’s Briefing Room)


DMC 5.208 (Dean’s Briefing Room)


Maya Henry


Target Audience
Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public
Current Events, Leadership, Moody College

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