Valerie Belair-Gagnon

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
206 Church St SE
Ste 329 Murphy Hall

As an assistant professor, media sociologist, and director of the Minnesota Journalism Center, I research emerging media technology and the changing shape of information cultures. I looked at journalism cultures of innovation, the role of tech companies in news, and deployment of automation in the media.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, City University London, 2013.
  • B.A.: Sociology, McGill University, 2004.
  • M.Sc.: Sociology, Université de Montréal, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Journalism Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Sociology of media
Courses Taught
  • New Media and Culture
  • Digital Media Issues and Theories
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • Qualitative Methods in Mass Communication
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director: Minnesota Journalism Center at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication , June 2017
  • Failure to Launch: Intrapreneurs, News Organizations, and Non-Adoption of Chatbots.: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Seth Lewis, Colin Agur, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, In Press.
  • When Product (Managers) Rule the Newsroom. : Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Avery Holton, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, In Press.
  • Roles Orientations and Audience Metrics in Newsrooms: An Examination of Journalistic Perceptions and their Drivers.: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Rodrigo Zamith, Avery Holton, Digital Journalism, 2020 Online First.
  • Constructing Audience Quantification: How Norms about Audience Analytics and Metrics are Developed.: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Rodrigo Zamith, Seth Lewis, New Media & Society, 2019 Online First.
  • The Two Faces of Janus: Web Analytics Companies and the Shifting Culture of News.. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Avery Holton, Author, 2019.
  • Space for the Liminal. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Avery Holton & Oscar Westlund, Author, 2019.
  • News on the fly: journalist-audience online engagement success as a cultural matching process: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Media, Culture & Society, 2019. Link
  • Audience Engagement, Reciprocity, and the Pursuit of Community Connectedness in Public Media Journalism: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Jacob Nelson and Seth Lewis, Journalism Practice, 2019. Link
  • Boundary Work, Interloper Media, And Analytics In Newsrooms: An analysis of the Roles of Web Analytics Companies in News Production: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Avery Holton, Digital Journalism, 2018. Link
  • Strangers to the Game? Interlopers, Intralopers, and Shifting News Production: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Avery Holton, Media and Communication, 2018. Link
  • Mobile Sourcing: A Case Study of Journalistic Norms and Chat Apps Usage: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Mobile Media and Communication, 2018. Link
  • Media Capture with Chinese Characteristics: Changing Patterns in the Hong Kong Media System: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Nicholas Frisch and Colin Agur, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Forthcoming 2018.
  • Social Media at BBC News: Re-Making Crisis Reporting. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Routledge, Author, 2015. Link
  • The Changing Physical and Social Environment of Newsgathering: A Case Study of Foreign Correspondents Using Chat Apps During Unrest: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Colin Agur; Nicholas Frisch, Social Media + Society, 1 1– 10, 2017. Download
  • UAVs and Journalism Disruption: Perspectives from Early Professional Adopters: Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Taylor Owen and Avery Holton, Digital Journalism, 2017. Download
  • New Frontiers in Newsgathering: A Case Study of Foreign Correspondents Using Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Agur, C. and Frisch, N., Author, 2016. Link
  • Interaction and Training: Social Media in News Organizations. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, MIT Press, Author, 2016. Link
  • Reconstructing the Indian Public Sphere: Newswork and Social Media During the Delhi Gang Rape Case. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Mishra, S. and Agur, C. , Author, 2014. Link
  • Revisiting Impartiality: Social Media and Journalism at the BBC. Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Author, 2013. Link