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UMSI student Amy Chew wins Best Poster Award at iConference 2020

Monday, 03/30/2020

Amy Chew

Amy Chew, a Masters of Information student at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), earned the Best Poster Award at the annual iConference. Chew’s research examines the role journalists and academic researchers played in communicating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, how their methods differed and how these factors contribute to the production of death toll numbers and narratives.

Chew’s research poster, “Who Gave You the Right?: Exploring Power and Politics in Journalism and Academic Work Chronicling Hurricane Maria,” was co-authored by Gabriela C. Delgado-Fernandini, University of Puerto Rico; Jamario Devon Cantrell, Vanderbilt University; and Daniel Carter, Texas State University.

The iConference is a gathering  of scholars established by iSchools, an organization founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. This year’s iConference, originally slated to take place in Borås, Sweden, transformed to an all-virtual program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

- Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist