Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere / Edition 3

Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere / Edition 3

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Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere / Edition 3

A synergy between academia and activism has long been a goal of both scholars and advocacy organizations in communications research. The essays in Communications Research in Action demonstrate, for the first time in one volume, how an effective partnership between the two can contribute to a more democratic public sphere by helping to break down the digital divide to allow greater access to critical technologies, democratizing the corporate ownership of the media industry, and offering myriad opportunities for varied articulation of individuals' ideas.Essays spanning topics such as the effect of ownership concentration on children's television programming, the media's impact on community building, and the global consequences of communications research will not only be valuable to scholars, activists, and media policy makers but will also be instrumental in serving as a template for further exploration in collaboration.

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ISBN-13: 9780823233472
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Series: Donald McGannon Research Center's Everett C. Parker Book Series
Edition description: 3
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Becky Lentz ix

Acknowledgments xv

Minna Aslama and Philip M. Napoli 1

PART I: explorations of movement actors: strategies, impacts, and needs

1. Digital Inclusion: Working Both Sides of the Equation
Dorothy Kidd with Eloise Lee 11

2. Engaging in Scholar-Activist Communications in Canada
Leslie Regan Shade 28

3. Toward a Taxonomy for Public Interest Communications Infrastructure
Dharma Dailey and Alison Powell 45

PART II: media ownership: bridging research and regulation

4. Big Media, Little Kids: The Impact of Ownership Concentration on the Availability of Television Programming for Children
Katharine E. Heintz and Christina Romano Glaubke 71

5. Minority Commercial Radio Ownership: Assessing FCC Licensing and Consolidation Policies
Catherine J.K. Sandoval 88

6. Cross-Ownership, Markets, and Content on Local TV News
Danilo Yanich 114

PART III: alternative and community media: discovering needs and opportunities

7. Measuring Community Radio's Impact: Lessons on Collaboration
Graciela León Orozco 139

8. Youth Channel All-City: Mapping the Media Needs and Interests of Urban Youth
Isabel Castellanos, Amy Bach, and Rachel Kulick 157

9. Mobile Voices: Projecting the Voices of Immigrant Workers by Appropriating Mobile Phones for Popular Communication
The VozMob Project 177

10. Community Connect: A Network of Civic Spaces for Public Communication in North Dakota
Lana F. Rakow and Diana Iulia Nastasia 197

PART IV: communications infrastructure: rethinking rights

11. Telecommunications Convergence and Consumer Rights in Brazil
Estela Waksberg Guerrini, Diogo Moyses, and Daniela Batalha Trettel 221

12. Citizen Political Enfranchisement and Information Access: Telecommunications Services in Rural and Remote Areas
Richard S. Wolff 240

13. Open Access in Africa: The Case of Mauritius
Russell Southwood, Abiodun Jagun, and Willie Currie 257

14. Public FM Project: Supporting the Licensing of New Noncommercial FM Radio Stations for Student and
Community Usage
Todd Urick 271

PART V: assessment: creating support for scholar-activist collaboration
15. Cultures of Collaboration in Media Research
Joe Karaganis 287

16. Engendering Scholar-Activist Collaborations: An Evaluator's Perspective
Catherine Borgman-Arboleda 313

Conclusion: Bridging Gaps, Crossing Boundaries
Minna Aslama and Philip M. Napoli 333

List of Contributors 337

Index 347

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