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Digital literacy a must to understand future landscape of media, stress NU-Q’s experts

Digital literacy a must to understand future
landscape of media, stress NU-Q’s experts

Tribune News Network
Doha
THE digital revolution is the source of new knowledge generated by research and field experience, the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) community was told at a panel discussion titled ‘Doing Digital: The Knowledge Component’, which featured new faculty in digital media studies.
In convening the panel NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E Dennis said, “Digital is more than devices; it is theory and knowledge that creates a conceptual roadmap and enhances understanding. The beneficiaries are our students who transmit what they learn far and wide.”
“These new colleagues represent an important development in the history of our school with deep experience in Europe, Asia, and the US – all centred around digital advances. With their help our school is poised to navigate change and cope with the complexity of a dynamic information society,” Dennis added.
The session was led by internet expert Banu Akdinzili, associate professor of communication at NU-Q, who appraised the importance of digital literacy and noted its value in understanding the current and future landscape of media and communication.
It was noted that the new faculty who joined Akdenzili augment extensive technological assets by bringing teaching capacity in areas of new development.
NU-Q’s new faculty members who participated in the discussion were Eddy Borges-Rey, S Venus Jin, and Spencer Striker. Drawing on their work on data journalism, video games and technological entrepreneurship, they discussed current and future research projects and demonstrations.
While Jin offers theoretical courses on understanding the psychological effect of digital media marketing through interaction and personal branding, Borges-Ray teaches students about the transformation of journalism in the digital era, and Striker focuses on the elements of effective media product design and building interactive content, focused on user experience.
Throughout the session, the professors shared their thoughts on the implications of digitisation on media creation and consumption.

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