Elise Hu

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Technology and Culture Reporter


Elise Hu covers technology and culture for NPR’s on-air and online platforms. She joined NPR in 2011 to head up the digital and editorial launch of StateImpact, a DuPont award winning public policy reporting network.

Previously, she was a founding journalist at the non-profit digital news startup, The Texas Tribune. While working as a political reporter, she also oversaw the Tribune’s social and multimedia journalism, statewide television partnerships and toyed around with new story forms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism, Elise’s work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the “Best TV Reporter Who Can Write.” Outside of work, she’s an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and serves as a regular panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Asian American Journalists Association

Areas of expertise:
Experience building interactive news applications, Web production experience, Social media branding – Newsroom / organization level, Social media branding – Individual, Social media branding – Sub-branded accounts (such as a Politics Blog or Regional Channel), Mobile Video (shooting), Mobile Video (shooting, editing, publishing), Beat reporter

Speaking Experience
Yes, I have been a keynote speaker for an event, Yes, have led sessions individually, Yes, have spoken on panels, Yes, have taught skills-based or hands-on training sessions (at events), Yes, have taught skills-based or hands-on training sessions (in newsroom)

Past Speaking Experience:

Teach at Northwestern Medill and Georgetown U Masters Programs in Journalism
As for events — (different topics/individual sessions I have separated with double slashes. This is not a complete list, it’s just what I can think of off the top of my head)

For Online News Association: Responsive Design// Using Civic Data// Building Verticals
For AAJA or UNITY Conventions: Editorial working with programmers/developers// Social Media and your Personal Brand
For SPJ/RTDNA: Hiring for diversity // social media tips and tools // led digital newsgathering workshop
For SXSW: Wearable Technology// Interactive or non-traditional storytelling methods
For Nieman Foundation/Harvard: New new storytelling in the digital age
For MIT/Knight Foundation Civic Media: The future of the open Internet // Innovation cycles // Turning the newsroom inside out (audience first)
For PMDMC: Right-sizing your newsroom for digital

City / Location Preferences:

No preference really

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