Past Event

Social Media and Populism: A Conversation with Bruno Patino

February 12, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Maison Française

Bruno Patino is the Dean of the School of Journalism at Sciences Po, Paris, and author of numerous books about the media landscape in France and in Europe. He will analyze the role played by social media in recent political and social events in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world, including the “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) movement that spread across France at the end of last year. Mr. Patino will bring his in-depth knowledge of the media industry, casting new light on the complex genesis of populist movements, on their use of social media and on how journalistic organizations report on and analyze these movements.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Alliance Program, Columbia Maison Française, and the European Institute.


Bruno Patino, Ph.D., is Dean of Sciences Po School of Journalism in Paris and Editorial Director at ARTE. He began his career as a journalist for Le Monde in Chile, and since then has held top management positions in the media industry; for Le Monde (1999-2008), Radio France (2008-2010) and France Télévisions (2010-2015), where he was Director General, responsible for programs commissioning and digital operations. He holds a Doctorate in Political Sciences, graduating from Sciences Po Paris and from the ESSEC Business School, and has a Master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books including Pinochet s'en va (published by IHEAL, 2000) about the transition to democracy in Chile, Une presse sans Gutenberg (published by Grasset, 2005), La Condition numérique (published by Grasset, 2013) in collaboration with Jean-François Fogel, and Télévisions (published by Grasset, 2015).