Cultural Meanings of Trump News

I have several projects underway that focus on the role of the press and the power of the press in the eyes of the new president. More information coming soon, but I started by presenting “What’s what?: How the press does and doesn’t deal with “alternative facts” at Journalism (Un)conference, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation at Florida International University in April and will present “What’s fake and why?: A theoretical landscape of discourse about ‘fake news'” at the 2017 Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, September 14-15.

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Media Control: Now in Paperback

My book, Media Control: News as an Institution of Power and Social Control (Bloomsbury) has been released in paperback. Take a look at it here.

Through a rearticulation of previous media studies research and empirical inquiry, Media Control argues that the journalistic community aligns itself so closely with the power elite that journalists operate as police agents, conduct surveillance for both governments and business, and, through the news, promote white ideologies – all under the mandates and guise of the Fourth Estate.

Read a review of the book here.

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Innovation: Virtual Reality & Mobile Apps

The Mobile Virtual Reality Lab that I am leading has purchased at least $50,000 worth of equipment and software. See the project site and read about our project on MediaShift. Also take a look at our collaboration with MIT and our role in a theatre production about climate change. In addition to VR videos about rising seas, students in the Lab are also creating content for a new immigrant mobile app, a project funded by a $50,000 grant from the City of Coral Gables.

Lastly, I am excited to have received an Honorable Mention in the Best Practices in Service Learning in Journalism and Mass Communication competition for “Seeing the Unseen: Using Virtual Reality and Expression to Connect Communities” through the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication! All thanks to the students!

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