Last updated: December 9, 2016.
New York, NY 10027
|2011—||Columbia University, New York, US.
Ph.D. candidate in Communications (defense: May 2017).
Dissertation: "Taming Noise: Techniques of Disruption and Concealment in Twentieth Century Media and Communication."
Advisor: Dr. Michael Schudson.
|2009-10||Northwestern University, Evanston, US.
M.S. in Journalism.
|2003-07||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US.
B.A. in Philosophy.
High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
|—||Berret, Charles. "Walter Benjamin and the Question of Print Media." Forthcoming in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. (Refereed Journal Article.) Link.|
|2016||Berret, Charles. Guide to SecureDrop: An Emerging Platform for Secure and Anonymous Communication in Newsrooms. New York: Tow Center for Digital Journalism. (Commissioned Report.) Link.|
|2016||Berret, Charles and Cheryl Phillips. Teaching Data and Computational Journalism. New York: Columbia Journalism School and the Knight Foundation. (Commissioned Report.) Link.|
|2014||Brideau, Kate and Charles Berret. “A Brief Introduction to Impact — The Meme Font.” Journal of Visual Culture (13:3) December 2014. (Refereed Journal Article.) Link.|
|2014||Berret, Charles. “Sensors and Sensibilia: A Historical Survey.” in Sensor Journalism, edited by Fergus Pitt. New York: Tow Center for Digital Journalism. (Commissioned Article.) Link.|
|2016||Berret, Charles and Cheryl Phillips. "Teaching Data and Computational Journalism: Lessons from a Nationwide Study of Journalism Education." Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).|
|2016||Berret, Charles and Rebecca Weiss. “On the Bubble: An Internet Scale Investigation into Location-Based Algorithmic Filtering of Political Content.” International Communication Association (ICA).|
|2015||Berret, Charles. "Understanding SecureDrop: Information Security and Emerging Journalistic Platforms.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S).|
|2013||Berret, Charles and Kevin Gotkin. "The Quantitative Turn in the History of Technology.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).|
|2012||Berret, Charles. “Going Digital: The Techniques and Aesthetics of Phototypesetting.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).|
Invited Talks and Panels
|2016||"Data, Computation, and Journalism: Skills to Innovate in a Changing Media Landscape." Colloquium lecture at the Hariri Institute for Computational Science & Engineering, Boston University.|
|2016||"Understanding SecureDrop." Held at the Tow Center launch of the Guide to Securedrop report.|
|2014||"Mesh Nets, FireChat, Journalism, and Hong Kong." Part of the "Journalism After Snowden" event series sponsored by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.|
|2012||"#Celebrity #Violence #Resistance: Media Analysis and Social Pedagogy." Keynote panel at the American University in Cairo symposium on Technology and Education.|
|2016||"Brown Institute Base Camp." Workshop to help interdisciplinary teams of journalists and engineers develop media innovation projects.|
|2016||"Teaching Algorithmic Transparency." AEJMC preconference workshop.|
|2016||"Sensors for Journalism." Workshop on physical computing as a reporting method at Columbia Journalism School.|
|2014||"Encryption for Journalists." Workshop on digital security for journalism students. Hosted at Pace University.|
|2014||Magic Grant ($120,000) from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
— Project: SearchLight, a tool to help investigative journalists report on algorithmic bias in search results and advertisements.
Fellowships and Honors
|2016||Fellowship, Brown Institute for Media Innovation.|
|2015||Research Fellowship, Tow Center for Digital Journalism.|
|2011-14||Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University.|
|2007||Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan.|
|2004-07||James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan.|
|2014||Journalistic Algorithms. Dr. Chris Wiggins and Jonathan Soma.|
|2014||Foundations of Computing. Dr. Dennis Tenen and Jonathan Soma.|
|2014||Journalistic Computation. Dr. Mark Hansen.|
|2013||History of Journalism. Dr. Richard R. John and Dr. Andie Tucher.|
|2013||Journalism and the Law. John Zucker.|
|2012||Business of Journalism. Martin Nisenholtz and Adam Klein.|
|2014||Dr. Michael Schudson.
— Assisted with archival research for the book The Rise of the Right to Know.
|2013||Dr. Matthew L. Jones.
— Assisted with a project studying the rise of mass surveillance and the field of data science.
|2012||Emily Bell, Dr. Chris Anderson, and Clay Shirky.
— Assisted with interviews for the report Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present.
|2015-6||Curriculum Development, M.S. program in Data Journalism, Columbia.
I planned the curriculum, designed the syllabi, and wrote the official proposal for a new, graduate-level program in data and computational journalism at Columbia.
|2014||System Administrator, Lede Program, Columbia.
Using AWS and SaltStack, I provisioned and maintained twenty virtual servers, one for each student in The Lede, an introductory postbaccalaureate program teaching data science and computational reporting methods.
|2012-3||Coordinator, Columbia Communications Colloquium.
Arranged visits from nineteen speakers over the course of three semesters covering a range of topics in the historical, sociological, and critical study of media and journalism.
|Markup||HTML, CSS, XML, Markdown, Pandoc, LaTeX.|
|Dev||Git, Docker, Vagrant.|
|SysAdmin||GNU/Linux, Mac/BSD Unix, LAMP stacks, Nginx, Ansible, SaltStack, Chef.|
|Database||SQL, MariaDB, Postgres.|
|CMS||WordPress, Omeka, Jekyll.|
|Hardware||Arduino, physical computing and sensors, electrical prototyping, modular synthesizers.|
Professional Journalism Experience
|2010-11||Book Review Editor, TriQuarterly literary journal, Chicago, US.|
|2007-08||Assistant Editor, Egypt Today magazine, Cairo, Egypt.|
German (Advanced Written, Basic Spoken)