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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Has Donald Trump, his presidential campaign and his Twitter feed transformed American media, or has he simply revealed transformations that were already well underway? And if there is no way of “changing it back,” how should we attempt to reform the media going forward? Co-sponsored with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy Pablo Boczkowski is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, co-director of the Center for the Study of

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Strongmen now rule over some of the most populous countries on earth. This talk looks at the character and appeal of these authoritarian rulers. Press policies, strategies of repression, personality cults, masculinity and how to resist the strongman will be examined. Ben-Ghiat will argue that the way to understand Donald Trump is not through psychiatric diagnosis but by looking at him in the context of a century of authoritarian rulers from Mussolini onward. Ruth

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

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,

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The Securing MediaMakers Forum explores the growing need for security -- ranging from data encryption to legal teams to protected work environments -- among investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers.  While this is an historical issue, panelists address these issues in the contemporary context, calling out First Amendment erosions brought by the Trump administration and his sanctioning of threats and contempt for journalists and political opponents. Participants will share professional experiences in

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Visualizing fascism might seem an easy endeavor. Most of us can easily conjure mental pictures of right-wing regimes.  Uniformed men on the march, children performing in sports arenas and the dictator in his uniformed splendor, all come up from a cursory Google search. This talk looks at the possibilities and perils of utilizing an image bank that replicates Fascism's leader/mass dynamic and its erasure of the individual, and suggests ways to

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

The following transcript is from Daoud Kuttab’s lecture on internet radio in Jordan, hosted by the Center for Media at Risk. He spoke on August 29 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. About a month ago I was invited to Doha, Qatar, to an international conference in support of independent media. As you might know, Al Jazeera and others are being harassed by internal Gulf conflicts, and the Saudis and the Emirates want to close Al Jazeera down.

In this episode, doctoral student and producer Muira McCammon talks to Afef Abrougui about privacy rights in Tunisia and the role journalists play in unveiling the complexities and paradoxes of internet policy debates in North Africa and beyond.

Video and transcript from the Center for Media at Risk Launch symposium: Journalism at Risk. Moderated by Michael X. Delli Carpini, panelists include Arzu Geybulla, Parker Higgins, Claire Wardle, Jay Rosen and Silvio Waisbord.