Faculty News, Awards, and Events
From memes to zines, hacktivism to artivism, this is an exciting moment in the evolution of media activism studies. Media Activism in the Digital Age, a new book edited by Professors Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang, serves as an invaluable guide to this vibrant and evolving field of research.
Sixteen Annenberg faculty, students, and visiting scholars will present at the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2017 Conference, to be held July 16-20 in Cartagena, Colombia.
The presentations are listed below, and include room location in parentheses. All events are at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center. For the full program, visit IAMCR’s conference website.
Monday, July 17
8:30 – 10:00
From vaccinations to climate change, nuclear power to fracking, the weight of scientific evidence and the perceptions of the public are often deeply at odds. Political controversies arise over issues in which the science has long been settled as well as those involving emerging technologies for which the best available evidence is needed as a guide for thoughtful policy decisions. The rapidly changing media environment further complicates the communication of sound science.
Anyone following forecasting polls leading up to the 2016 election likely believed Hillary Clinton would become the 45th president of the United States. Although this opinion was the consensus among most political-opinion leaders and media, something clearly went wrong with these prediction tools.
Professor Paul Messaris and alumna Lee Humphreys recently published the second edition of their edited volume Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication (Peter Lang, 2017).
As the book describes, the advent of digital media has created a world in which the transmission of information is multi-directional. People voluntarily deposit their personal details in publicly accessible databases, and interpersonal relationships are increasingly conducted in the virtual sphere.
Numerous Annenberg faculty and alumni won divisional awards this past weekend at the International Communication Association (ICA) 67th Annual Conference in San Diego.
Klaus Krippendorff, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and the Gregory Bateson Professor of Communication at Annenberg was the inaugural recipient of the ICA Mass Communication Division’s Innovation Award for Methods.
Three Annenberg alumnae have been named as Fellows by the International Communication Association. Amy Jordan (Ph.D. ’90), Robin Nabi (Ph.D. ’98), and Karin Wilkins (Ph.D. ’91) were three of the 18 scholars inducted as ICA Fellows on Saturday at ICA’s 2017 Annual Conference in San Diego.
ICA Fellows are chosen by the strength of their distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of Communication.