Conrad, Gilewicz Present their Research at AEJMC Conference


Doctoral students David Conrad and Nicholas Gilewicz recently presented research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Washington, D.C. The titles of their papers and abstracts follow.  

Nicholas Gilewicz (two presentations)  

“Parrhesia as social theory, digital parrhesia as media theory: Notes toward a holistic model for digital communication”


An attempt to reformulate discussions of digital communication, this article interpolates Foucault’s articulation of parrhesia into the digital realm while grounding it in wider literature about communication and social theory. Parrhesia implies that those who have the ability to speak freely have concomitant duties to truth and honest self-representation. This article works uses a method that operationalizes parrhesia to understand the work and 2012 death of “citizen journalist” Rami al-Sayed in the Syrian civil war.

“The past, present, and future of newspapers: Historicity, authority, and collective memory in four that failed”


This article analyzes self-authored histories published in final editions of four United States newspapers that failed between 1978 and 1982. Problematizing the newspaper’s status as an historical document, journalists inscribed historic weight to the closing of their newspapers. This article discusses how journalists shade their histories through hagiography and appeals to collective memory, and how at moments of existential crisis, seams in the interpretation of reality, and journalists’ roles in that interpretation, are made manifest.  

David Conrad  

“The Freelancer-NGO Alliance: What a Story of Kenyan Waste Reveals about Contemporary Foreign News Production”  


This paper explores the impact that emerging partnerships – particularly between freelancers and nonprofits – are having on the practices of contemporary foreign news reporting. Through an exploration of a widely published project on a health crisis in East Africa – funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and reported by the study’s author – this paper ultimately argues that issues of framing, representation, and ideology are not dominating foreign news production; they are being hotly contested within it. The importance of having a journalist on the ground and the urgency of ‘liveness’, however, is argued to be losing significance within the current model, which often destines foreign news imagery to be decontextualized for universal appeal.