Mary Lynn Young, PhD, is an Associate Professor, award-winning academic, university educator and co-founder of The Conversation Canada, a non-profit academic journalism affiliate of the global Conversation network. She is former Associate Dean (Communications and Strategy), Faculty of Arts (2011-2016), director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism (2008-2011), and acting director (June-December 2007). Her research interests include gender and the media, newsroom sociology, data and computational journalism and representations of crime. The overarching goal of her work is to link journalism studies, academic expertise and practice through scholarship, teaching and professional engagement. She has worked as an editor, national business columnist and senior crime reporter at major daily newspapers in Canada and the United States. Certified as a coach in 2013, she has been recognized for her overall contributions, most recently with the 2016 University College Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto. Prior to that she was nominated for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training and Development category, and named one of BC’s 100 Women of Influence by the Vancouver Sun in 2010. Her list of scholarly awards includes: Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), Oxford University (April-June 2016); the UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar Award (2009-2010); and the 2007 Rufus Z. Smith Award for best article published in the American Review of Canadian Studies, co-authored with a colleague.