Anika Gupta is a creative, dynamic leader who helps teams and organizations improve journalism and deepen online community through technology.
I’m fascinated by how we treat each other on the Internet, how to build more thoughtful journalism for the future, and how to increase diversity and representation within the media. I’ve published academic papers and journalistic articles, led global workshops and convened thought leaders around these issues. My experience spans several fields - I’ve been a journalist, writer, community organizer, design researcher and product manager.
I’m passionate about technology development and community media. Most of my career, I've worked in technology roles within mainstream global news organizations, but I've also partnered with nonprofits and academic institutions to strengthen the journalistic ecosystem. Finding and nurturing these types of partnerships is one of my key goals.
In 2016, I got my Master’s from MIT. For my Master's thesis, I designed and conducted a study of moderation and community management work among journalists and non-journalists (think: mods at reddit and MetaFilter), with a special focus on how moderators of minority identities cope with online abuse. I studied newsroom culture and best practices in online community building. I interviewed dozens of moderators and commenters from diverse news organizations and online platforms, and worked with my adviser Matt Carroll to organize the #BeyondComments conversation at the MIT Media Lab in February 2016. I’ve also spoken about my research at academic and trade events, and led skills-building sessions for college journalists.
Before MIT, I worked in media around the world. From 2009-2014, I lived in New Delhi, where I built a digital content property for a large TV channel, covered national science policy for an English-language newspaper, and started an interdisciplinary community group (Hacks/Hackers New Delhi) devoted to brainstorming better ways to marry journalism and technology. I have deep international experience, which translates into an awareness of and an interest in how media span countries and languages. I grew up near Washington DC, and got my Bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School.
I’m also interested in how media companies make design decisions. I’ve led classes and workshops in Design thinking through the MIT Design Lab, and conducted global design research projects in partnership with interdisciplinary teams. I’m an organizer, an ideator and a researcher. I’ve presented (or been accepted to present) at academic and industry events about topics as diverse as design, global journalism, and 19th century British love letters.
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