Valérie Bélair-Gagnon Named McKnight Presidential Fellow

Presented by the University of Minnesota

Associate Professor Valérie Bélair-Gagnon was named a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Fellow

The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program is a three-year award given to the most promising individuals who have been granted both tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. It recognizes recipients who are recommended by their college dean and chosen at the discretion of the executive vice president and provost based on excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities.

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon’s publicly engaged and empirical research has made contributions to the understanding of digital innovation and engagement in journalism. She studies digital media as structuring conditions of journalistic work, including how old and new actors adapt and respond to change in digital innovation, and the cultural forces of change in news organizations and the news industry. She is co-editor of Journalism Research That Matter (Oxford U Press, 2021), author of Social Media at BBC News (Routledge, 2015), and co-author of The Paradox of Connection: How Digital Media Transforms Journalistic Labor (Illinois U Press, forthcoming 2022). She is currently working on a happiness in journalism project.

The honor is presented at a special event on May 10, 2022.