Call for Visiting Fellows

We are currently soliciting applications for 2017 Visiting Research Fellows.The McGannon Center invites university faculty, post-docs, and ABD graduate students from any disciplinary background in Communications to apply for appointments as Visiting Research Fellows at the Center. While this position carries no stipend, Fellows enjoy the benefits of research affiliation with the McGannon Center, including office space and administrative support at the Center on Fordham’s Bronx campus, computer, telephone, Internet and library access, as well as the resources of New York City, one of the media capitals of the world.

Visiting Research Fellows can hold appointments for one or two semesters. If selected, Fellows are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses but small research stipends (under $1000) for project expenses can be provided. Fellows are expected to present their research at a public lecture and contribute to the Center’s Research Report Series. If space is available applications for appointments of shorter duration as Research Visitors will also be considered. Applicants for both Fellow and Visitor positions should schedule their visits to last at the latest until May 31st or start after September 1st

Those applying for a  Visiting Research Fellowship should do so at least six weeks before the projected start of the fellowship. Please send the following documents to mcgctr@fordham.edu with the subject line “Visiting Research Fellow Application”

  • Cover letter, introducing yourself and how your project relates to McGannon’s mission
  • CV
  • Project brief, including a summary of the project you plan to pursue at McGannon; your plan for accomplishing this project, including a schedule; and why being in residence at McGannon will help you accomplish your research or career goals (should not exceed 1-2 pages). If you are requesting research funding, please include a budget.
  • The names and contact information for two references who can provide letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample, such as an academic article, book chapter, whitepaper, or dissertation chapter

Ideal candidates will be in Communication, Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Public Policy, Information Science, HCI or similar fields and pursuing a research project related to the ethical and social justice dimensions of communication technology. We are looking for collaboratively-minded people who wish to contribute to the growth and vibrancy of the Center.

If selected, Fellows are expected to attend McGannon events, give a public talk during 2017, and contribute a paper to our Working Paper series.

Please email mcgctr@fordham.edu with any questions.

New Book: Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives

I am delighted to announce the latest publication in the Everett C. Parker Book Series, which I edit.

Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman, Jonathan A. Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney.

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Media reform plays an increasingly important role in the struggle for social justice. As battles are fought over the future of investigative journalism, media ownership, spectrum management, speech rights, broadband access, network neutrality, the surveillance apparatus, and digital literacy, what effective strategies can be used in the pursuit of effective media reform?

Prepared by thirty-three scholars and activists from more than twenty-five countries, Strategies for Media Reform focuses on theorizing media democratization and evaluating specific projects for media reform. This edited collection of articles offers readers the opportunity to reflect on the prospects for and challenges facing campaigns for media reform and gathers significant examples of theory, advocacy, and activism from multinational perspectives.

This book is unusual because of the breadth of scholarship therein. Rather than focusing on US and Western European perspectives, the contributions include work on Mexico, Taiwan, West Africa, Israel, South America, Egypt, and Guatemala, among many others. It includes a forward by Robert McChesney and a fantastic review essay by Des Freeman and Jonathan Obar.

Highlights:

  • Offers a truly multi-national perspective on media theory, advocacy, and activism.
  • Discusses pressing concerns and challenges in media, such as the use of social media to build reform movements, new legislation for the democratization of media, and how best to empower media reformers.
  • Explores the lessons to be taken and the aftereffects of recent battles for media democratization, such as the SOPA blackout.

A must-read for anyone interested in activism and social change around media policy.

Buy it at Fordham University Press or at Amazon.

JOB: DTEM lecturer at Fordham, 2016-2017

1yr Lecturer in Digital Technology and Emerging Media @ Fordham

 

The Department of Communication and Media Studies is searching for a one-year lecturer appointment with a 4-3 course load, to begin Fall 2016 with the possibility of renewal. The lecturer will teach within our Digital Technology and Emerging Media major and will be based primarily at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus–though there may also be some opportunities at the Lincoln Center.
 

For Fall 2016 the lecturer would have the following schedule:
– DTEM 3476 Social Media: MT 11:30-12:45
– DTEM 3476 Social Media MT 4:00-5:15
– Plus two additional courses
 

The course description for DTEM 3476 is as follows: This class critically examines popular computer-mediated communication technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Students will critically analyze, use, and encounter a broad range of social technologies. Students will also learn basic social media skills, “best practices,” and to create and propagate content.
 

 

The lecturer will teach two other courses TBD based on their area of specialization. The Spring semester will be more flexible.
 

Lecturer positions have health benefits.
 
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, and a proposed syllabus for DTEM 3476 to jreich8@fordham.edu (Jacqueline Reich, Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies). Materials must be received by Monday, April 25.
 
Please email me if you have any questions, and please feel free to circulate this call widely.

Are you a Fordham Student? Do you use GroupMe or Kik?

We are recruiting students to participate in a new study for a major software company.

Requirements:

  • Fordham students
  • 18 – 24
  • Uses GroupMe or Kik
  • All majors except Computer Science or Engineering
  • Fluent English speakers
  • For GroupMe, you must have at least one friend willing to be in a GroupMe group with you

The study will run from February 1 – February 15th. All students will receive a $10 gift card for participating.

If you’re interested, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Alice Marwick.

11/30: Samuel Woolley on Political Bots

Another great event (if I do say so myself) in the Technology & Society lecture series, Monday 11/30 at Lincoln Center!

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The Technology & Society Lecture Series Presents:

Political [Bot]any:
Using Code to Manipulate Public Opinion

Samuel Woolley
University of Washington

November 30, 2015

11:30am – 12:45pm
Fordham Lincoln Center, Lowenstein South Hall

Political actors around the world are beginning to use social bots—automated software programs designed to interact with and imitate human users–to manipulate public opinion. Social bots have been used across numerous online platforms to spread various forms of propaganda, flood newsfeeds with political spam, and pad politicians’ social media follower lists. In many regimes, political leaders and government officials have commissioned bots to aggressively attack opponents, whether those opponents are civil society groups or the opposition candidates in rigged elections. The algorithms that run bot software are often proprietary and hidden, and the content that a particular bot produces might be unexpected—even by coders—because bots operate in collaboration with real users. This talk highlights the history and trajectory of political bots via the presentation of a globally comparative event dataset alongside information gathered in the field from the makers and trackers of this technology.

Samuel Woolley conducts research on politics, digital culture and automation at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. Currently, he is investigating the global usage of political bots–software programs used to mimic human social media users in attempts to manipulate public opinion. He works as the project manager of CompProp at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Political Bots Project at UW. He is a graduate fellow at the Tech Policy Lab and the Center for Media, Data, and Society and a researcher on the Digital Activism Research Project, the New Pathways to Data Science Project, and at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. Sam is based in Seattle and tweets from @samuelwoolley.

2016 Visiting Research Fellows

We are now soliciting applications for Visiting Research Fellows who wish to come to Fordham between January – May 2016. This position is not paid, and we do not provide lodging or travel costs. However, we provide office space, computer and internet access, library access, email, and office supplies, and access to Fordham’s lively community of scholars.

Most of our applicants are either located in the NYC area, or are funded by their home institutions to conduct research elsewhere. We are happy to provide letters of institutional support for grants and fellowships.

Details can be found here. Applications are due December 15th for the Spring 2016 semester. Questions? Email mcgctr@fordham.edu.

New Public Media MA program at Fordham CMS!

McGannon’s home department, the Department of Communication and Media Studies, is offering a brand new Masters of Arts in Public Media. The MA program offers several fellowships, one of which is a full-year graduate assistantship with the McGannon Center – meaning you’d get to work directly with the director, Alice Marwick. (She’s also faculty in the program.)

From radio to mobile apps, media increases the public’s awareness of issues and ability to take action.

Public Media is more than just public broadcasting: it is about telling stories about and for the public good in ways that promote dialogue, civic engagement and social change. It’s about committed, responsible storytelling across a variety of existing and emerging platforms.

Combining the academic with the professional, the MA in Public Media allows students to engage with media theory as they build their portfolios. The one-year program is offered in collaboration with Fordham’s own WFUV, and with the cooperation of WNET, New York’s public media pioneer. With these stations as our partners, you’ll get hands-on experience working with some of the top public broadcasting professionals in the country.

More details can be found at http://www.fordham.edu/pmma. Applications are due January 6, 2016!

In Memoriam: Everett Parker

Everett Parker died last Thursday at the age of 102. The New York Times has a lovely obituary.  The Rev. Parker founded the McGannon Center in 1986.

Parker was a media reform activist. In his capacity as communication director of the United Church of Christ during the Civil Rights movement, he was committed to the ideal that media ownership, production, employment, and decision-making be available to all people, including women, people of color and low-income individuals. The Reverend Jesse Jackson said, “Dr. Parkerʼs core idea was so simple: The airwaves belong to the people, so the people should have considerable say about how they’re used and managed.” Parker was a vocal advocate of diversity, fairness, and social responsibility in broadcasting.

“All we’ve ever wanted to do is make it possible for people to express themselves through the system of broadcasting,” he told The New York Times when he retired in 1983. “If broadcasters are to serve the public interest, they need to be reminded that they serve all the publics.”

Today, the McGannon Center is honored to continue Reverend Parker’s work by sponsoring and promoting research on the ethical and social justice implications of communication technologies.  We celebrate his life and his legacy.

 

Seeking Fordham Grad Student for Part-time Graduate Assistantship at McGannon

The McGannon Center is looking for a graduate assistant for the 2015-2016 school year. The McGannon Center conducts research on information policy, the internet, and society. The position is on-campus at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus near Faculty Memorial Hall for 10-15 hours a week (hours are flexible and some work may be done remotely). The ideal candidate is a motivated, organized Fordham graduate student with an interest in technology and society.

Job responsibilities will include administrative tasks (paperwork, telephone calls, office supply ordering, event organization, email, and so forth), working with visiting scholars, sourcing and curating relevant literature and research materials, and social media management. If you are interested, please send CV and cover letter to amarwick@gmail.com.

Alice Marwick is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies and the Director of the McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University. Her work examines the legal, political, and social implications of popular social media technologies.