Sophia Smith Galer
Longtime content creator; Senior news reporter at Vice World News | London, UK
An initiative bringing content creators from across video platforms into schools to talk about the realities of life online — the good, bad, and ugly. Everything from their digital journeys to how they have monetized or boosted their careers, the importance of transparency and telling the truth and how they negotiate hours spent online with their offline lives and mental wellbeing, especially when it comes to dealing with abusive comments. A resource will be developed to advise creators and schools alike to work together to promote healthy digital lives with real-world application for young people in an attempt to build long-term digital literacy that will inoculate young people from misinformation.
Sophia Smith Galer is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and TikTok content creator with over 130 million views and 450,000 followers. A Senior News Reporter for Vice World News, Sophia has broken stories across sexual and reproductive health rights, technology and digital culture, and pioneered how TikTok can be used to connect traditional media with Gen Z. This year, British Vogue named her one of the UK’s 25 most influential women and she was also selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media & Marketing after winning “Innovation of the Year” in 2021 at the British Journalism Awards. Before joining Vice, she was a video journalist in faith and ethics at the BBC World Service.