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https://ia801503.us.archive.org/1/items/fearless-speech/Sophie%27s%20podcast%20-%20final.mp3 "If we actually care about risky speech, if we actually care about the speech of the vulnerable, if we care about speech that does something to make us think twice about the status quo, then those are the kinds of conversations that should be getting a lot more attention as free speech issues." ~Mary Anne FranksIn this episode, Annenberg doctoral student Sophie Maddocks speaks with leading legal scholar and cyber civil rights advocate Mary Anne Franks, whose 2019 book The Cult...

For this installment of our Reflections series, I had the opportunity to interview groundbreaking victims’ rights attorney, Carrie Goldberg. Carrie works to make online spaces safer by holding abusers – and social networks – to account. She takes trolls to court, ‘sues the hell out of tech’ and confronts police departments that ignore internet crimes. Her firm has obtained major settlements for child sexual abuse victims from the New York City Department for Education, and she currently represents two victims...

For our Reflections Series, I had the opportunity to interview noted feminist scholar Moya Bailey on her research, activism and most recent work, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (co-authored with Sarah Jackson and Brooke Foucault Welles). While I was preparing the questions for this interview, nationwide protests broke out in reaction to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among countless other Black lives taken by police and armed citizens. I want to thank Moya...

Black lives matter. The Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication believes that every platform can and must do its part to offset injustice. We have taken a moment of silence to remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery and every Black child and adult murdered at the hands of police or armed civilians. We acknowledge that these murders fall within a history of violence and indifference; video evidence has merely...

After another competitive search, the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication is delighted to announce its Postdoctoral Fellows for 2020-2021. We welcome these fellows whose research projects reflect our emphasis on free and critical media practice and scholarship, and we are again grateful for the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies in helping to make this happen.   Hearty congratulations to Richard Stupart and Zeyno Ustun! Richard, who is currently a Ph.D. researcher at LSE, will begin working with the...

In light of the current health crisis, all spring semester events at the Annenberg School for Communication were canceled, postponed or moved to an online platform. The Center presented two scheduled colloquia virtually, via BlueJeans. Both talks were open to the public and were well-attended by members of the Penn community as well as interested individuals across the globe. The first event took place on Wednesday, April 1 and featured our Spring 2020 visiting scholar Silvio Waisbord, who spoke on Mob Censorship: Online...

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 and grateful once again to be among the grantees funded by Craig Newmark. His efforts to sustain and advance free and critical media practice have been far ahead of the curve, and, as political intimidation of media practitioners increases worldwide, we applaud...

Over-information and Coronavirus Originally published in Clarin, March 9, 2020 Silvio Waisbord We used to think that lack of information is the problem. The global panic unleashed by the "coronavirus" confirms otherwise. The abundance of data, rumors, pronouncements, advice and announcements is a formidable challenge without clear solutions. Overinformation scares, drives us crazy, paralyzes, frustrates. It shows that we are not prepared to classify torrents of information from different sources to understand what is happening and act rationally. Everyday life is not designed...

Center for Media at Risk Postdoctoral Fellow LaCharles Ward spoke with Silvio Waisbord about his book "Communication, A Post-Discipline," hyper-specialization, fragmentation and some limitations of traditional communication scholarship. In your recent book, Communication: A Post-Discipline, published in 2019 by Polity Press, you argue that the discipline (or perhaps post-discipline) of communication studies is a fragmented field that not only has no “theoretical and analytical center” but struggles to define its institutional and intellectual identity. Can you unpack your argument here? What...

https://ia801504.us.archive.org/18/items/episode-14-covering-syria/Natacha%27s%20podcast%20-%20rough%20cut%207.mp3 "I am not a foreign journalist who’s in Syria for a short trip to do some reporting before heading back home. This is my home, and I should force these people to accept who I am. I should once again fight the same battle I had fought as a teenager, this time with strange, armed men in a chaotic corner of my country, known as the most dangerous area in the entire world for journalists." ~Zaina Erhaim In this episode,...

The following images, videos and transcripts were taken during the Center for Media at Risk annual  symposium on December 6, 2019 at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Thank you to all participants, interlocutors and the student steering committee for making this event a success!  How do the media operate in authoritarian states?  This symposium addressed the many shapes of global authoritarianism as it impedes the media, considered forms of resistance common to media practitioners and pondered...

The first Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication took place from January 11-15, 2019 and was dedicated to the study of “Media and Populism.” We are thrilled to announce that the keynote talks from the inaugural Winter School are now available for download as a free e-Book. In addition to keynote transcripts, the e-Book includes a foreward by Barbie Zelizer and Nelson Ribeiro and an introduction by Jennifer R. Henrichsen.  "We share this volume in hopes that doing so...

The Center for Media at Risk, based at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, is developing a comprehensive project to map out the breadth and scale of threats against media around the world today.    The Center for Media at Risk Ecosystem is an interactive map that serves visual evidence of media practitioners and scholars at work and/or at risk. The map will be continually updated with your contributions via the infrastructure of Graph Commons.   The map will be accessible to...

This new report by communication scholars Brian Creech and Robert Bodle focuses on the relationship between the health of a local news ecosystem and the precarity felt by individual media practitioners in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.  Read online here. Abstract: This report examines the relationship between the health of a local news ecosystem and the precarity felt by individual news workers. We followed a two-fold analysis. First, we map out the media markets in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, two post-industrial cities with comparable histories of...

With rampant online misinformation and social media manipulation, workshops like Comparative Approaches to Disinformation are more important than ever. Read Annenberg doctoral student Muira McCammon's reflections from the workshop. Fake news. Misinformation. Viral deception. There are some of the terms that have emerged, as people try to make sense of whether or not what they see online is real. Launched by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Comparative Approaches to Disinformation...

https://ia801508.us.archive.org/24/items/memetacticsdraft2/Meme%20Tactics%20-%20draft%202.mp3 In this episode Annenberg doctoral student Roopa Vasudevan discusses the new “Meme Tactics” art exhibition with two of its curators, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Josue Chavez. Their conversation touches on the value of memes as an amplifier for under-heard and under-represented populations. More information on the Meme Tactics exhibition, currently on display at the Annenberg School for Communication, can be found here. MUSIC Son Lux - All The Right Things (Instrumental) Libre with Ibeyi - Emicida DeVotchKa - La Llorona Maribou State - Glasshouses Rone - Parade SEVDALIZA - SHAHMARAN Teen...

Postdoctoral Fellow LaCharles Ward reviews one selection from the recent Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival. Bellingcat (Dir. Hans Pool, 2018) follows a group of citizen journalists searching for accountability in a world of disinformation. What is truth? How is truth determined, verified and defended? What are the methods employed to ascertain truth in an increasingly post-truth society? Indeed, what are the risks for citizens and journalists in producing truth in a world where misinformation, disinformation and outright lies have become hallmarks of powerful governments and media outlets? In “Bellingcat: Truth...

2019 has been a touchstone year for climate coverage, so much so that Oxford Dictionary named “climate emergency” its official word of the year. While the sense of urgency in tackling climate change is a step in the right direction, the “planetary” terminology oftentimes renders social challenges overlooked and individual voices underheard. Annenberg PhD candidate Hanna Morris recommends three texts that orient the climate crisis within specific historical, political, social and economic contexts. With the first ever Climate Crisis Townhall hosted...

The following transcript is from Natalia Roudakova’s lecture entitled Ethics and Accountability in Soviet Journalism: What Could Western Journalists Learn From Their Soviet Colleagues? This event was hosted by the Center for Media at Risk on October 15, 2019 and took place at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. In several venues that I have presented my work, I have focused more on the contemporary period in Russia, on the relations between media and the press, and the government...