Congratulations, 2024 Graduates! 

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2024! We extend special congrats to three graduates from the 2024 class who have served on the steering committee for the Center for Media at Risk during their tenure at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Sophie Maddocks studies cyber-sexual violence, image-based abuse (commonly misnamed “revenge porn”), deep fakes and gender-based trolling. She is scheduled to defend her dissertation, “Platformed Girlhood: How Online Harassment Shapes Girls’ Identity, Privacy, and Speech,” next month. Upon defense, she will join the Center for Media at Risk as its new Director of Research and Outreach.

Dr. Florence Madenga, whose dissertation “Taking Satire Journalism Seriously: Living and Laughing to Bring the State Down?” was defended last academic year, just completed the George Gerbner postdoctoral fellowship at the Annenberg School for Communication. Interested in the evolution and boundaries of journalism, media, identity and power as they pertain to expanding globalization, in August she starts a tenure-track position at Boston College as an Assistant Professor of Race and Communication.

Jeanna Sybert will defend her dissertation, “Risky Reporting: Journalistic Precarity Amidst Pandemic, Protests, and Insurrection” this summer. Interested in the affective, discursive and material dimensions of news work through qualitative inquiry, she will become a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Media at Risk for the 2024-2025 academic year.