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A new SSRC/IDRC-sponsored volume brings together scholars, practitioners, former regulators and policy makers to address the problem of expanding information and communication technology (ICT) connectivity in emerging Asia.
Supported by a Collaborative Grant to Common Cause, Sacramento Media Group, and Kimberly Nadler (CSU-Sacramento)
The SSRC, the Free Press, and the IIP at Penn State University invite graduate students and faculty to submit papers for the National Conference on Media Reform Academic pre-Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN on June 5, 2008. Papers should focus on issues of media ownership, sustaining independent media, digital technology challenges, and access to dominant media. Deadline for abstracts is January 25, 2008.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce the four newest recipients of $7,500 grants for academic-advocacy collaboration in the media and communications field.
The "Media Minutes" syndicated radio program this week includes an interview with Christy Glaubke of Children Now talking the the report “Big Media, Little Kids 2.” This report summarizes a research study that found that media consolidation has a detrimental effect on the provision of educational television. Funded by a grant from the Necessary Knowledge Program.
Conference on "Communication and Social Change: Theory, ICTs, Media and Francophone Spheres" May 22, 2008
On May 22, there will be an ICA Pre-conference on "Communication and Social Change: Theory, ICTs, Media and Francophone Spheres." Papers for this pre-conference must be submitted by November 15.
The Communication and Social Change (CSC) Award is an annual award given to an individual or organisation for the contributions to the theory and/or practice of communication for social change. Major theoretical contributions, and applied communication practices that are illustrative of frontline change and long-term sustainable development will be considered for this award. Nominations are due November 15. UPDATE: the deadline has been extended to November 15.
The Directorate General Internal Policies of the Union of the European Parliament has published a report that investigates the state of Community Media in the European Union and examines the factors that influence their development.
Texas A&M University is sponsoring a conference on "Exploring New Media Worlds: Changing Technologies, Industries, Cultures, and Audiences in Global and Historical Context" from February 29 to March 2. Papers or proposals are due November 20, 2007.
From December 18-19, there will be a conference on "International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange" on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the BBC World Service, held in London, UK. The deadline for submission of abstracts for this conference is November 5.
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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) announces the first recipient of a $30,000 Emergency Grant for academic-advocacy collaboration in the media and communications field.
The Center for Creative Voices in Media released on October 10 a new report on the state of broadband internet access in the United States. The report details the impacts of the broadband access on economic growth, journalism, public safety, health care and democratic debate.
Grantee Profile: Study Suggests that Concentrated Station Ownership Is Detrimental to Children’s Educational TV
The children’s advocacy group Children Now worked with researcher Katharine Heintz-Knowles, PhD to examine how ownership patterns of television stations affect the amount of children’s educational programming they broadcast. In contrast to industry claims, the study found that more concentrated ownership of TV stations did not lead to more educational TV. In fact there is evidence that diversely held television markets provide more hours of educational programming. The study concludes that concentration of television station ownership in a market does not improve a station’s public service to the children in that market. Instead, this analysis suggests such concentration of ownership has a clear, negative impact on programming for children.
The Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science invites academics and PhD students to submit papers to the Media@lse Electronic Working Papers series. Papers should address the social, political, economic and cultural context of the media and communications.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce six recipients of $30,000 'collaborative grants' in media and communications, on subjects ranging from Payola in the music industry to telecommunications rights in Brazil. The six projects bring together academic researchers with practitioners, advocates, and activists on issues central to creating a richer and more democratic public sphere. The grantees were chosen from a pool of 112 applicants.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has announced a new book, commissioned by the APC and written by David Souter, that examines how developing country delegations and civil society fared at the UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Grantee Profile: What’s Meant by Digital Inclusion? An Interrogation of Municipal Broadband Policy in San Francisco
Stanford Ph.D Candidate Seeta Peña Gangadharan and activist group Media Alliance examine San Francisco's efforts to develop a "digital inclusion" strategy in the context of its highly-publicized municipal wi-fi build out planning. This research may be particularly useful for communities and groups involved in discussions with their own municipal governments about how to develop inclusive and effective access to the internet. Groups are especially encouraged to download the “Digital Inclusion Advocacy Toolkit” prepared by Media Alliance as part of this research study.
Recent studies have shown that minorities and women are very underrepresented in the population of radio and television station owners. Researchers Catherine Sandoval and Allen Hammond, IV at Santa Clara University School of Law and David Honig, Director of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, have developed and tested two surveys to help understand the experiences and perspectives of minority and female broadcasters, particularly with regard to public policies that affect their entry into the market.
Media Access Project (MAP) is a non-profit, public interest law firm that has been practicing telecommunications law for more than thirty years. MAP generally has openings for 2 full-time legal interns during the summer and 1-2 full/part-time legal interns during the school year.