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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...

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven documentary initiative that commissions and creates original short-form nonfiction films about developing and ongoing stories from around the globe. Last month, Committee member and PhD Student Jeanna Sybert attended a screening of six short documentaries as part of a showcase cohosted with the Center for Media at Risk and Scribe Video Center. Read her reflections on the films below. Oftentimes, the shortest stories can elicit the most enduring impact. In partnership with the Lightbox Film...

This new report, by Annenberg School for Communication’s Muira McCammon and Daniel Grinberg, examines how Pennsylvania-based journalists grapple with Pennsylvania’s Right to Know (RTK) law. Read online here. Abstract: The City of Philadelphia has a transparency problem impacting its newsrooms. Many studies have overlooked the ways in which Pennsylvania’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws constrain and empower local media practitioners. To fill in this major gap in scholarship, between October 2018 and January 2019, we conducted 17 interviews with Pennsylvania-based journalists in...

Togolese activist Farida Nabourema visited Philadelphia last spring to speak on a panel entitled “How Should Citizens Resist Authoritarian Rule?” The panel was presented by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy in its “Democracy In Trouble?” series. Annenberg PhD student Florence Madenga and 2018-2019 Center for Media at Risk postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg spoke with Farida after the event to discuss the risks she has faced through her activism. What kinds of personal risks have you faced as a...

In order to enhance dialogue between practitioners and scholars about a free and critical media environment, the Center has partnered with the International Communication Association to sponsor a Practitioner at Risk to attend the annual ICA conference each year. Journalist Arzu Geybulla attended the 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Practitioner at Risk. Read her reflections on the experience below. My life as a journalist consists primarily of writing, providing analysis, doing research and, inevitably,...

https://ia801501.us.archive.org/28/items/ep14gitmomedia3/EP14%20gitmo%20media%203.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. “Detainee Diary,"...

https://ia601502.us.archive.org/17/items/ep13gitmomedia2/EP13%20gitmo%20media%202.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. ”Visualizing Injustice,"...

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.” The following is an overview of the inaugural program by Annenberg doctoral candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen. PDF versions of keynote talks are available for download at the bottom of this page. The 2nd Lisbon Winter School, "Media and Uncertainty," will take place January 7-11, 2020. For more information follow this link: https://www.lisbonwinterschool.com  The Emergence of...

https://ia801501.us.archive.org/16/items/ep12gitmomediasadmusic/EP12%20Gitmo%20Media-sad%20music.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. “Documenting Detention”...

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...