Frédéric Dubois is a Canadian-German author, producer, journalist, and scholar of digital media. He has co-authored and produced award-winning interactive storytelling features such as »Atterwasch« (2014) and »Field Trip« (2019) and co-edited two books: the collection of essays »Autonomous Media« (2005) and graphic novel »Extraction! Comix Reportage« (2007). Frédéric has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE on digital projects such as »GDP« (web coordinator, 2009), »The Hole Story Interactive« (author, 2011) and »Fort McMoney« (game master and partnerships, 2013).
He has travelled a number of countries as a freelance reporter, telling stories of communities affected by resource-intensive industries (e.g., fisheries, mining). He has further specialized his journalistic practice on internet- and data-related topics, working with nonprofits such as the Association for Progressive Communications and the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Since 2012, he is the co-founder and managing editor of Internet Policy Review—an open access journal on internet regulation—published by HIIG.
Aside from coaching and training digital and transmedia narrative projects (e.g., ARD.ZDF medienakademie, DOK Leipzig, Institute of documentary film Prague), Frédéric has co-organised storytelling hackathons, the Netzdoku interactive documentary meet‐ups, as well as the VR Conference for Journalism and Documentary, Berlin.
As a media scholar, he has completed a research-creation PhD in film production at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in 2021, with a thesis entitled »Interactive documentary production and societal impact: the case of Field Trip«. That same year, he was a fellow at the Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab) of the Łódź Film School. Previously, he did action research on alternative and community media’s use of the internet, including with a Master’s thesis in communications at Université du Québec à Montréal (2005).
TEACHING- AND RESEARCH FOCUS
Media studies (i.e., media impact studies, media innovations, production studies), Cultural studies (i.e., open culture, cultural values), Internet studies, Scholarly communication (i.e., open access, novel formats)
Full scholarly profile: ORCID
Lovie Awards & Gold & People’s Award for the Open Source Documentary »Field Trip« (author and interactive producer) Lead Award Gold – Web Feature of the Year for the Scroll Documentary »Atterwasch« (author and producer) Grimme Online Award for the Game Documentary »Fort McMoney« (distribution in the german-speaking area) The FWA, Site of the Day for the Web Feature »The Hole Story« (author and project lead) Webby Award – Best Documentary Series for the Live-Documentary »GDP« (Web Coordinator)
»Great grand narratives and everyday micro-stories are part of our most basic human fabric and experience. The challenge is to effectively use, combine, tweak, assemble, re-assemble and wrap art, technology and story around an intent. Let’s try.«
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