On April 19 - 21, the Annenberg School for Communication celebrated the launch of the Center for Media at Risk, which aims to study and counteract the way that practitioners of all forms of media have been harassed, silenced, and coerced by the rising tide of authoritarianism around the globe.
The new Center for Media at Risk, led by Barbie Zelizer, will launch at Penn with a cross-disciplinary conference at Perry World House and the Annenberg School for Communication, April 19-21. The conference, “What is Media at Risk?,” will bring together media practitioners, scholars, and representatives from organizations that support media to share perspectives, examining political intimidation in the media, and how practitioners can resist it.
On November 29, the Annenberg School – in conjunction with seven other University of Pennsylvania departments and groups – hosted technology expert and activist Chelsea Manning for a conversation about the intersections between technology, government, and people’s lives. The event was moderated by Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University.
On August 29, 2017, Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab spoke at the Annenberg School for Communication. The talk, "Challenges of Independent Media in the MENA Region: Radio al Balad in Jordan" was sponsored by the Center for Media at Risk. Please click below for the audio.
Journalism should be independent, transparent, unbiased, incorruptible, socially useful — a shiny marble pillar upholding the ideals of democracy.
Ideally, yes. But in reality, the fourth estate is part of a complicated and imperfect world. Journalism exists in stable democracies, fully authoritarian states, and everything in between. Media institutions are inextricably tied to politics, economics, law, education, security, religion, and the military.