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Tetyana (Tanya) Lokot

Lecturer and Researcher, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

EDUCATION

  • PhD: Journalism and Media Studies, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, USA (May 2016), dissertation topic: “Augmented Dissent: The Affordances of ICTs for Citizen Protest (A Case Study of the Ukraine Euromaidan Protests of 2013-2014).”
  • MA (with Honors): Journalism, Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2004)
  • BA: Business Administration, International Christian University, Kyiv, Ukraine (2002)

Research interests: social movements in post-Soviet space, use of digital technology in protests, urban protests, augmented dissent, communicative affordances, digital activism and political participation online, impact of internet communities on political decisions, social media platforms and social/political change, post-Soviet online spaces, civic media and citizen journalism.

TEACHING AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

  • Lecturer in Journalism, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland (September 2016-present)
  • Coordinator, The Future of Information Alliance, VPR Office, University of Maryland, College Park (2013-May 2015)
  • Instructor of Record, JOUR175: Media Literacy, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park. (2014–2015)
  • Teaching Assistant, JOUR175: Media Literacy, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park. (2012–2013)
  • Head of New Media Sequence / Assistant Professor, Mohyla School of Journalism, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2004-2012)
  • Visiting Fellow at Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA), School of Telecommunications (2007)

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Eleanor Merrill Scholarship, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Writing Fellow, Graduate School Writing Program, University of Maryland Graduate School (2013, 2014)
  • Alumni Association Scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park (2013, 2014)
  • UMD Graduate School Fellowship “for outstanding contribution to the program” (2014- 2015)
  • Trajectories of Change Dissertation Research Fellowship, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gert Bucerius, Germany (July 2015 – July 2016)
  • Fellow, Center for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina, Germany (2016).

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Member, PhD committee, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2013-2014)
  • Press Secretary, Merrill Graduate Student Association, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012–2013)
  • Social Secretary, Merrill Graduate Student Association, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park – (2014–2015)
  • Volunteer, Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland, College Park (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer, Online News Association, DC Chapter, Event Organizing (2012-present)
  • Member, search committee for Graduate Affairs Coordinator, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012-2013)
  • Member, Conference committee, Theorizing the Web Conference (2013-2017)
  • Program Committee Member, International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) (2016-2017)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Peer researcher and reviewer, Ranking Digital Rights project, New America Foundation (2015, 2016)
  • Researcher, Ukraine chapter, Freedom House research project “Freedom on the Net” (2012-2016)
  • Project coordinator for Ukraine, “The Internet and Everyday Rights in Russia” project (project leader – Prof. Sarah Oates 2010-2011, funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council, joint project by School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland and School of Journalism at National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2010-2011)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Contributing editor, RuNet Echo project, Global Voices (2014-2016)
  • Contributor, Global Voices (2013-2014)
  • Media Trainer: projects for The Westminster Consortium, Thomson Reuters Foundation, USAID, ICFJ and others in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia
  • Consultant, Webbmedia Group, with a specialization in Eastern Europe markets and social media. Has served on the judging panel for the ONA Online Journalism Awards (Non-English entries) in 2011 and 2012
  • Development Director for the Media Reform Centre (a DFID (UK) project in Ukraine) (2004-2006)
  • Fixer/translator for BBC World Service teams during the events of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (2004)
  • Intern at the Ukrainian office of Associated Press information agency (2003)
  • News Editor at GalaMedia, Kyiv, Ukraine, (2001-2003)

PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS, TALKS

Conference Presentations

  • “The Battle for Delegitimization: Mimicry and Appropriation of Fact-Checking and News Verification Practices in the Russian Media Sphere,” panel presentation at “Revisiting Research on Russian Media” PONARS Eurasia workshop, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA (April 2017)
  • “Urban Murals as Protest Tourism Attractions: Mediated Public Art in Post-Euromaidan Kyiv,” part of panel with ECREA TWG Media & the City, 4th International Conference Visuality 2017: Tourism vs Urban Heritage in a Creative City, Vilnius, Lithuania (April 2017)
  • “Identifying Partisan Slant in News Articles and Twitter during Political Crises” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), 8th International Conference on Social Informatics, Bellevue, WA, USA (November 2016)
  • “Methodological challenges in the study of augmented urban protest,” part of panel “Methodologies in the study of urban communication,” ECREA 2016 Conference, Prague, Czech Republic (November 2016)
  • “Mediated Memories of Firestorms: Perceived Affordances of ICTs for Co-Presence and Witnessing During Protest Events,” International Association for Media and Communication Research 2016, University of Leicester, UK (July 2016)
  • “Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” International Conference on Social Media & Society 2016, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (July 2016)
  • “Identifying Partisanship in News Articles and Twitter using Natural Language Processing” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), The 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (June 2016)
  • “#Krymnash (#CrimeaIsOurs): The Discursive (De)Legitimation of the Annexation of Crimea” (co-authored with Bezverkha, A.), 2016 Critical Studies Research Group Conference on Resistance, Brighton, UK (June 2016)
  • “Between the Everyday and the Extraordinary: Perceived Affordances of ICTs for Communicating Dissent,” International Communication Association conference 2016, Fukuoka, Japan (June 2016)
  • “The Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Internet Freedom Agenda in Ukrainian Internet Governance Discourse,” workshop on Internet Policy in Eastern Partnership, Center for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, March 8, 2016.
  • “The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During a Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan” and “Frames and Buzzwords: Dynamics of Information Flows on Social Media During Mass Protests” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), 2015 Social Media, Activism, and Organisations Symposium, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (November 2015)
  • “Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” Global Cultures of Contestation International Conference, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (October 2015)
  • “The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During an Urban Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan,” part of panel “Political Action, Media, and Urban Space,” ECREA Media & the City 2015 Conference: URBAN MEDIA STUDIES: CONCERNS, INTERSECTIONS AND CHALLENGES, Zagreb, Croatia (September 2015)
  • “Distant Witness: How Ukrainian Americans Participate in Politics Around Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” part of panel “Maidan and the Conflict in Ukraine: the Role of New Media,” Platform Ukraine Conference, UCL-SSEES, London, England (June 2015)
  • “Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” RCA/ECANA panel “From socialism to capitalism in one life span: Changes in communication practices in Russia and Eurasia,” ICA 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico, (May 2015)
  • “News Magazines’ Coverage of the David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell Affair: Textual Analysis of Differences in Portrayals and Descriptions,” co-authored with Antonio Prado and Boya Xu, AEJMC 2014, Montreal, Canada, (August 2014)
  • “Mapping the Elections: Use of Crowdmapping by Ukrainian Civic Activists During 2012 Parliamentary Elections,” NCA, Washington, DC (November 2013)
  • “Their Own Worst Critics?: How U.S. Journalists Talk About Their Own Profession” (with Dr. Sarah Oates), ASA Media Sociology Preconference, NYC (August 2013)
  • “Twilight of the Gods?: How Internet users challenged Russian news frames in the winter protests of 2011-12” (with Dr. Sarah Oates), IAMCR, Dublin, Ireland (July 2013)
  • “Charting Political Activism Online in Russia: Methodological Puzzles and Possible Solutions,” CRCEES IV Annual Research Forum, Glasgow University, Scotland, UK (May 2011)
  • Conference Committee Member and Panel Moderator, Theorizing the Web 2013 Conference, NYC (March 2013); Theorizing the Web 2016 Conference, NYC (April 2016)

Publications

Refereed:

Non-Refereed:

Talks, etc.

  • “How Protesters Use Social Media to Reimagine Witnessing and Co-Presence,” talk at re:publica Dublin conference, October 20, 2016.
  • “The Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Internet Freedom Agenda in Ukrainian Internet Governance Discourse,” IPEP16: Workshop on Internet Policy in Eastern Partnership, Center for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), March 8, 2016.
  • “The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During an Urban Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan,” a public talk at King’s College London, November 4, 2015.
  • “The Stop Fake Movement in Ukraine: Civic Media Initiatives and the Role of Journalism Education in Developing Democracies,” a public talk at George Washington University, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, May 6, 2014.
  • Participant on panels discussing Internet freedom and related topics at IGF-USA 2015, OSCE “Gaining a Digital Edge: Freedom of Expression” 2015 conference.
  • Guest speaker in various courses at Philip Merrill School of Journalism throughout Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and Spring 2015 semesters.
  • Regular appearances as expert/guest speaker on air for TVi channel (Ukraine), BBC Radio Scotland and Voice of America Ukrainian Service.

MEDIA TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • “New Media Skills for Parliamentary Staff” course – developed and co-taught with Thomson Reuters trainer for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine and Georgia (2011, 2012)
  • “New Media in Government Communications” course – series of trainings and an online distance course, developed and taught for the USAID Parliamentary Development Program in Ukraine (2011)
  • “Covering Corruption and Basics of Financial Journalism” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters trainer for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2011)
  • “Parliamentary Communications” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters trainer for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010, 2011)
  • “Media Skills for NGOs” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters trainer for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010)
  • “Making Television News” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters trainer for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010)
  • “Using Social Media and New Media in PR” – corporate training course developed and taught for System Capital Management PR staff in Ukraine (2009)

CERTIFICATES

  • Certificate on successful completion of “Training of trainers” course taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation (2009)
  • Certificate on successful completion of “Making Television News” training course taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation (2009)
  • Certificate on successful completion of “Radio News Production” course at Hromadske Radio (Public Radio), Kyiv (2002)

LANGUAGES

Ukrainian – native, Russian – native, English – fluent, French – intermediate, Spanish, Latin – basic.

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