Digital Citizen

Kevin Short is a junior at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, studying broadcast journalism, international studies, and environmental policy. Hailing from sunny Southern California, Short has spent time working with the World Resources Institute, City of Chicago Department of Environment, and OC Weekly newspaper. Short has also reported overseas twice in Amman, Jordan with Refugee Lives, depicting the experiences of Iraqi and Palestinian refugees in an urban context. This December, Kevin co-directed and produced a 12-miunute documentary about the rise of street art in Jordan. At Northwestern, Kevin co-founded and led NU Gives Back, a university-wide day of service and civic engagement.  This spring, Kevin will complete his journalism residency at Business Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kevin was also the first student in Medill’s history to receive the Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant, enabling him to conduct an independent, international research project in Tanzania, Ukraine, Jordan, India, New Zealand, and Brazil over the summer of 2012. His research is titled “Digital Citizen: How information and communications technologies foster civic engagement and government accountability in developing countries.”


This summer, I will embark on a journey to Tanzania, Ukraine, Turkey, Jordan, India, Thailand, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil. At each destination, I will research the ways in which digital technologies are fostering civic engagement and government accountability.