Sarah Oates and Tetyana Lokot: Twilight of the Gods?: How Internet Users Challenged Russian News Frames in the Winter Protests of 2011-12

Professor Oates and First Year Doctoral Student Tetyana Lokot presented their research paper during the International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference (IAMCR) in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2013:

This paper analyzes how standard Russian television coverage and propaganda was challenged by massive street demonstrations over fraudulent elections in the winter of 2011-12. The paper uses an archive of Russian news broadcasts as well as internet content to compare how various outlets framed and presented the events, finding that state television attempted to avoid criticism of Putin at all costs. However, coverage by both commercial television and the internet suggested that the roots of rage and rebellion are far deeper and wider than the more optimistic ‘spin’ of Russian television, which means that rise of the internet is a serious challenge to authoritarian state television and perhaps even that state itself.

 

Michael Koliska and Kalyani Chadha : Through the Looking Glass: Transparency in U.S. and German Media

Assistant Professor Chadha and Ph.D. Candidate Michael Koliska presented this research paper during the International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference (IAMCR) in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2013:

Are mainstream news organizations becoming more transparent regarding the production of news and how do they conceptualize and implement transparency? While the technological changes heavily influence news media production and use around the globe, cultural, socio-economic and political structures play a major role in the public’s perception of news media outlets’ credibility. Hence this paper investigates mainstream, national news organizations’ websites as well as uses semi-structured interviews with journalists in the U.S. and Germany to explore similarities and differences in the perceived role of and need for transparency within these two national settings.

Kalyani Chadha and Linda Steiner: New Jungle Drums? Using Mobile Phones to Collect, Access and Disseminate News in Central India

Assistant Professor Chadha and Professor Steiner presented this research paper during the International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference (IAMCR) in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2013:

This study explores an initiative that involves training villagers in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh to use cell phones to collect information so that news can be disseminated, also by cell phones, back to tribal communities. Over the past two decades, India’s media landscape has changed profoundly, characterized by expanding news outlets and growing audiences. However, millions of rural tribal people, who have been historically disadvantaged, continue to lack access to news; moreover, they are significantly under-covered. This is particularly true in central India, home to 70% of India’s tribal population, where no news outlet operates in their languages. To respond to these challenges, local activists launched this citizen journalism project. We study the extent to which it is giving voice to marginalized groups, its relationship with mainstream news organizations as well as its overall impact, both actual and potential, on the regional news ecology.

Kalyani Chadha: From Party Outlets to Politically Affiliated Media: Rising Political Ownership of Indian Media

Paper presented at the International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference (IAMCR) in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2013:

This paper focuses on the growing trend towards the ownership and control of news media organizations by political figures, particularly at the regional level. Historically, Indian political parties, both on the left and the right, have owned partisan media outlets which serve as their acknowledged mouthpieces. In recent years however, individual politicians and their families have begun to purchase and operate a variety of print and television outlets all over the country. Such politically affiliated or owned media organizations which often occupy a dominant position in their region’s media landscape, generally operate with little explicit acknowledgment of their political affiliation or ownership. Indeed, whereas party-owned media can be clearly identified as partisan organs, this is not the case for media controlled by individual political figures and their families—a fact that raises significant questions regarding the type of news and information provided by these outlets. This paper traces the growth of the politicization of media ownership in India over the last decade and seeks to analyze the implications of this trend for news and democracy. It also speculates on the larger issue of developing a model to explain ownership related issues which have rarely been explored in the Indian context.

Steiner Co-Edits 'Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies'

Linda Steiner co-edited with Clifford Christians, Sandage Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig, the recent volume Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies

This volume brings together sixteen essays on key and intersecting topics in critical cultural studies from major scholars in the field. Chapters show the evolving understanding of critical concepts such as history, culture, identity, politics, ethics, globalization, and technology, with Steiner writing about community. The essays address the extent to which these concepts have been useful to scholars, policy makers, and citizens, as well as the ways they must be rethought and reconsidered if they are to continue to be viable.

"An unusually full and rich--and sometimes passionate--conversation on communication and culture, this volume offers a selection of illuminating and provocative responses to the life's work of James W. Carey."--Carolyn Kitch, author of Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines

"A creative approach to connecting key elements in a sometimes abstract field. Recommended for students and scholars of critical and cultural studies"--Lee Wilkins, coeditor of The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics