Patrick Swanson is an Austrian-American digital journalist and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. In his fellowship, he is exploring innovative ideas around artificial intelligence and social media to improve news journalism.
For the past decade, Patrick was Head of Social Media for Austria's most important news brand "Zeit im Bild", which is part of Austrian Public Broadcasting ORF. In this role, he founded and developed the country's largest social news pages with a total combined audience of 2.3 million users on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. In 2019, Swanson and three of his colleagues won the Walther Rode Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in Austrian journalism, for their coverage of the Ibiza scandal on TV and social media. The scandal saw the collapse of the former Austrian government, which had planned to massively reduce the financial and journalistic independence of Austrian Public Broadcasting and other media outlets in the country.