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Echo is a Los Angeles based educational organization that offers parenting classes and trauma and resilience trainings for professionals and community members. Annenberg doctoral candidate Megan Genovese spoke with Echo’s Executive Director Louise Godbold about shifting approaches in addressing trauma since the outset of the  #MeToo movement in Hollywood. How do you define and address trauma at Echo? Trauma is any situation where you are under physical or emotional threat and you are powerless to protect yourself. Our bodies instinctively go into...

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/26/items/EP11Chenjerai/EP%2011%20Chenjerai.mp3 In this episode Annenberg doctoral student Florence Madenga interviews scholar, activist and media producer Chenjerai Kumanyika. Their conversation touches on the ethics of media production and research on and by people of color. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities for addressing forms of oppression in the contemporary political moment. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  In today’s episode...

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcases exceptional new films that celebrate the beauty of the earth, explore challenges facing our planet, and entertain, inform and inspire personal action. This year, Committee member and PhD Candidate Megan Genovese attended the festival and wrote a critical overview. Should education or activist media be fun? I asked myself this a lot over the weekend of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. On the one hand, it’s hard to get people to show up for...

After a competitive search, the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication has appointed two new Postdoctoral Fellows for 2019-2020. We welcome these new fellows whose research projects reflect our emphasis on free and critical media practice and scholarship, and we are grateful for the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies in helping to make this happen.   Congratulations to LaCharles Ward and Zeyno Ustun, who will join us on campus this August!  LaCharles Ward (left) and Zeyno Ustun (right) LaCharles Ward is an educator, writer and interdisciplinary scholar...

https://ia601504.us.archive.org/15/items/EP10RuthBenGiat2FINAL/EP10%20Ruth%20Ben-Giat-2%20FINAL.mp3 In part two, Center for Media at Risk Research Fellow Sébastien Mort and Annenberg doctoral student Jeanna Sybert continued the conversation with Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat to discuss “The Authoritarian Playbook.” From press policies and strategies of repression to personality cults, Ben-Ghiat argues that the best way to understand Donald Trump and his contemporaries is by looking at him in the context of a century of authoritarian rulers from Mussolini onward. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the...

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. They defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom. Daniel Grinberg, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Media at Risk, spoke with Courtney Radsch, CPJ's Advocacy Director, to discuss the organization and its...

https://ia601401.us.archive.org/6/items/EP10RuthBenGiatFINAL/EP10%20Ruth%20Ben-Giat%20FINAL.mp3 In this episode, Center for Media at Risk Research Fellow Sébastien Mort and Annenberg doctoral student Jeanna Sybert sit down with Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat to discuss “The Authoritarian Playbook.” From press policies and strategies of repression to personality cults, Ben-Ghiat argues that the best way to understand Donald Trump and his contemporaries is by looking at him in the context of a century of authoritarian rulers from Mussolini onward. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center...

The Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication has received a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to bolster its mission of addressing the increased intimidation of media practitioners. “We are honored to be among the grantees funded by Craig Newmark. He is doing so much to help sustain and advance free and critical media practice. The political intimidation of media practitioners is increasing worldwide, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity he is giving...

On February 7 and 8, the Center for Media at Risk and MIT’s Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab co-hosted a two-day “Securing MediaMakers Forum” at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The event kicked off on Thursday evening with a full house screening of the documentary “The Feeling of Being Watched,” which investigated a decade of FBI surveillance in the Muslim-American community of Bridgeville, Illinois. The film was directed by Assia Boundaoui, an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker, who grew up in the...

The following transcript is from Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's Data at Risk colloquium on digital citizenship hosted by the Center for Media at Risk with Data Refuge and The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. She spoke on October 3, 2018 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. My name is Atossa Abrahamian. I am a Senior Editor at The Nation and I wrote a book about global citizenship and statelessness, which doesn't sound like it has a whole lot to...

https://ia801401.us.archive.org/17/items/media_EP9_201902/_EP9.mp3 In this episode, Annenberg alum Nour Halabi talks with Lilie Chouliaraki and Minelle Mahtani, two scholars whose work touches on different aspects of the ethics of representation and care. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In today's episode, Annenberg alum Nour Halabi speaks with two scholars whose work touches on different aspects of the ethics of representation and care. You'll...

Sesame Street, the beloved children’s television program, evokes affectionate memories for many. In its American version, the act of positioning a children’s show on a fictional street populated by eccentric puppets does not appear to be immediately contentious or political. However, when Daoud Kuttab was asked to work on a show featuring a joint team of Israeli and Palestinian media professionals in the 1990s, the creation of this children’s television show revealed the difficulty of cultural production, particularly when it...

Annenberg School for Communication doctoral student and Center steering committee member Muira McCammon sat down with Center for Media at Risk visiting scholar Cherian George to discuss the various kinds of pressure that cartooning faces around the world. You recently organized a symposium with the Center called “Red Lines: Cartooning at Risk.” How did it go? What were some of the highlights for you? I should first clarify that I wasn't attempting any comprehensive study of cartooning in the world. The book...

The following transcript is from Cherian George’s lecture on disinformation and hate spin, hosted by the Center for Media at Risk. He spoke on October 9 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. The Center for Media Risk, as I understand, is a response to the sense of crisis that has gripped media and society in the United States. As a non-American from half the world away, I was frankly surprised to be invited to come as a visiting...

The following transcript is an interview with Manuel Puppis, Full Professor in Media Systems and Media Structures at the Department of Communication and Media Research DCM, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Asking questions is Jennifer R. Henrichsen, a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, who is a member of the Center for Media at Risk Steering Committee and is interested in understanding how journalistic norms, values and practices are changing in an age of surveillance How do you understand the notion of...

Center for Media at Risk Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Grinberg spoke with award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Carrie Lozano about some of the risks and challenges affecting documentarians today. Carrie currently serves as the Director of the Enterprise Documentary Fund at the International Documentary Association, which provides access to networks, information and educational enrichment for filmmakers. What aspects of risk does the IDA address? The IDA is a membership organization that supports filmmakers in a variety of ways, whether that's educational enrichment,...

In this episode, doctoral student Florence Madenga interviews NYU professor and press critic Jay Rosen about the state of contemporary journalism and protecting the legitimacy of the American press. They also discuss Rosen’s collaboration with the Dutch news site “The Correspondent,” and the endeavor to establish The Correspondent as an English-language site aiming to optimize the news for trust. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University...

 On October 16, 2018, the Center for Media at Risk hosted a screening of Thomas D. Herman’s  documentary film, Dateline-Saigon. The event was co-sponsored with the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Penn Cinema and Media Studies. The film tells the story of a group of five reporters based in Saigon at the outset of the Vietnam War and the resistance, intimidation and censorship they faced from the American government and Kennedy Administration. Herman’s film reveals important insights into our own era...

On October 19, 2018, Michele W. Berger of Penn Today spoke to Barbie Zelizer to discuss political intimidation, at-risk media and the future of journalism. Here's what she had to say: There’s no question that we’re more aware of these situations now, but journalists have always been at risk. Paradoxically, because we are more aware, we tend not to pay attention to it as much. All of this really hits at the core of something we need to recognize: If we don’t have...