Victor Pickard, Ph.D.
Victor Pickard is an Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, media activism, and the politics and normative foundations of media policy. Previously he taught at New York University and worked on media policy in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Research Fellow at the media reform organization Free Press and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. He also taught media policy at the University of Virginia and served as a Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Diane Watson.
The author of over 100 book chapters, articles and essays, Pickard has published his research in a wide range of anthologies and scholarly journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; International Journal of Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; New Media and Society; Global Media and Communication; Journal of Communication Inquiry; Newspaper Research Journal; Journal of Internet Law; Information, Communication and Society; International Journal of Communication Law and Policy; CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy; Political Communication; Journal of Information Policy; Digital Journalism; Information, Communication and Society; Journalism Studies; Communication Review; Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies; and Communication Theory.
Pickard is a frequent commentator on public and commercial radio, and he often speaks to the press about media-related issues. He has been interviewed about his research in leading news organizations such as the Washington Post, USA Today, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in venues like the Guardian, the Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, US News, Jacobin, The Nation, and the Atlantic.
In 2009, Pickard was the lead author of the first comprehensive report on the American journalism crisis, “Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy” (published by Free Press as part of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age). In 2017, he co-edited the major report, “Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking” (with Robert Picard, published by the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford). He is also co-editor of the books Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights (with Robert McChesney, published by The New Press), The Future of Internet Policy (with Peter Decherney, published by Routledge), and Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Guobin Yang, published by Routledge). He is the author of the book America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform (published by Cambridge University Press). Currently he is working on two books, one focused on the politics of net neutrality, and the other focused on the political economy of digital journalism.
Pickard sits on the editorial board of eight major communication journals and is a board member for Free Press. He has received several conference paper and book awards, including the Frank Luther Mott/Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism book award. He has delivered lectures at campuses around the world and frequently collaborates with activist and community groups focused on media reform. Since 2012, he has helped direct the annual Consortium on Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) program in Washington D.C. With Todd Wolfson, he is the co-director of a new policy activism center, Media, Inequality & Change (MIC).
COMM 112: Media Activism Studies
COMM 211: Media Activism Studies
COMM 301: Introduction to the Political Economy of Media
COMM 417: The Politics of Digital Media Policy
COMM 506: Introduction to Media Policy
COMM 701: Introduction to the Political Economy of Media
COMM 867: Media and Social Movements
Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
Critical Journalism Studies
Digital Media and Social Networks
Global and Comparative Communication
Media Institutions and Systems
Center for Media at Risk
Media Activism Research Collective
Media, Inequality, and Change Center
Working Group on Media Industries and Public Policy
Victor Pickard on Academia.edu