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Nick Frisch

Research Fellow (Spring 2016)

Nick Frisch is a Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a doctoral student in East Asian studies at Yale’s graduate school. He has reported on censorship and culture in Asia for outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Atlantic.

Nick’s Tow Fellowship project, Meeting in Digital Spaces: News Organizations Using Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest, explores the ways that journalists at major American and other Western news organizations (e.g. the BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, Storyful, Bloomberg, Reuters, AP, and others) are using chat apps as meeting, newsgathering and distribution tools in coverage of domestic and international stories. It analyzes how journalists covered fast-moving events on different chat apps, the ways that journalistic chat app usage followed and differed from practices in “traditional” social media reporting in previous crisis events (e.g. Occupy Wall Street, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Arab Spring protests, and the 2009 Tehran protests), and the spaces that are now features of reporting and news production.

Links

  • Report: “How Foreign Correspondents Use Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest” (CJR)(Gitbook)
  • “A new role in journalism: the digital fixer” (CJR)
  • “On chat apps, journalists need to build relationships” (Medium)
  • “Five ways reporters have used chat apps to cover political unrest” (Medium)