Media, Communication and Politics Research Seminar Series, 2017/18

Media, Communication and Politics Research Seminar Series


April 20th 2021, 4pm

Media and Global Migration

Professor Daniela Dimitrova, Iowa State University, USA

Summary

There are nearly 30 million refugees around the world who cannot return safely to their countries of origin and possess limited access to information and services. This talk addresses the role of media as well as non-governmental organizations in framing the debate surrounding refugees and migrants. By focusing on the narratives produced by traditional media and leading humanitarian NGOs, it contributes to academic literature on media framing and also informs NGO practices and policy discussions regarding media and migration.

Bio

Daniela Dimitrova (@Prof_Dimitrova) is Professor and Director of Graduate Education at Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University, USA. Her research interests are on new media and political communication. Her work has been published internationally, with more than 55 book chapters and refereed research articles in leading journals such as Communication Research, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Telecommunications Policy, European Journal of Communication, and New Media & Society. Professor Dimitrova is the editor-in-chief of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, the flagship journal of AEJMC. Her latest edited book - Global Journalism: Understanding World Media Systems - has just been published by Rowman & Littlefield.

 

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Past Events

February 18 2021, 4pm

How People Talk About Politics?

Professor Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds

Summary

Stephen Coleman has been exploring how people experience political talk. How do people know political talk when they encounter it? What is it about political talk that so commonly evokes feelings of strangeness, anxiety and confusion? What goes on in people’s minds and bodies when they find themselves performing political talk? Upon which cultural sources do people draw when they come to formulate the words and sounds of political enunciation? How might contemporary democracies nurture skills of confident political expression?

 

Bio

Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds, His most recent books are How People Talk About Politics: Brexit and After (Bloomsbury, 2020), with Jim Brogden: Capturing the Mood of Democracy; the British General Election 2019 (Palgrave, 2020), Can the Internet Strengthen Democracy? (Polity Press, 2017) and How Voters Feel, (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

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November 10 2020, 4pm

Illuminating 2020: Presidential Campaign Advertising on Facebook

Dr. Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Professor in the School of Information Studies

The 2020 U.S. presidential election is running ads heavily on Facebook. My research project, Illuminating 2020, is analyzing those ads to understand who the campaigns are targeting. In this talk, I will briefly talk about the project, why campaigns run ads on social media, and some of our key findings so far.

Bio:

Jennifer Stromer-Galley is Professor in the School of Information Studies, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. She has been studying “social media” since before it was called social media, studying online interaction and strategic communication in a variety of contexts, including political forums and online games. She has published over 50 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. Her award-winning book, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press), provides a history of presidential campaigns as they have adopted and adapted to digital communication technologies. She is the lead researcher on the Illuminating 2020 project. Funded by the John S and James L Knight Foundation, the project aims to increase transparency of political advertising on social media.