Barbie Zelizer Named Inaugural Peabody Fellow

Fellows with The Media Center will focus on connecting Peabody award-winners with the storytellers of the future.

By Ashton Yount

The Media Center at Peabody announced that Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, has been named an inaugural Peabody Fellow Scholar.

Zelizer is familiar with Peabody and its work, having concluded her term as a Peabody Awards judge in 2016, after serving for six years.

In addition to Zelizer, Annenberg alumnus Aymar Jean Christian (Ph.D. ’12) and four other scholars will work as fellows with The Media Center for two years (2017-2019), focusing on connecting Peabody award-winners with the storytellers of the future.

The Media Center’s formation was announced on Nov. 15 by Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody awards and the new center. Based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The Media Center is a natural extension of the Peabody awards, says Jones, and will provide a platform for elevating the impact of the award-winners’ stories.

The Media Center will implement programming to benefit the yearly award-winners and promote scholarly engagement with the media industry. Through its Cultural Memory Project, The Media Center will focus on what past and present stories can contribute to social discourse, making use of the Peabody archive of audiovisual materials. In addition, the Media Center will connect aspiring screenwriters, producers, and filmmakers with industry organizations and previous award-winners.

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