Media Capture Series Pt. 2: Policy to Limit the Power of Media Capture over Independent Journalism

mediacapture2In October, the Institute for International Communication hosted Dr. Marko Milosavljevic who discussed his cutting-edge research on media capture . A group of undergraduate students of International Communication reflected on the theme. 

Preventing media capture, and ensuring that the media can fulfill their societal duties, has been an increasingly difficult issue for the international field of Independent Journalism. Continue reading “Media Capture Series Pt. 2: Policy to Limit the Power of Media Capture over Independent Journalism”

Media Capture Series Pt. 1: The Role of Media Capture in the Digital Age

mediacapture1In October, the Institute for International Communication hosted Dr. Marko Milosavljevic who discussed his cutting-edge research on media capture . A group of undergraduate students of International Communication reflected on the theme. This is a post in the series, by Holly Hutchison. Continue reading “Media Capture Series Pt. 1: The Role of Media Capture in the Digital Age”

Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Photo 07.11.17, 12 15 53Written by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

At the closing ceremony of COY13 (the thirteenth Conference of Youth) held prior to the UN climate change conference COP23 (the twenty-third Conference of Parties) in Bonn, Germany, a young woman representing the Pacific Climate Warriors, moved the audience with her metaphorical speech: Continue reading “Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany”

Epistemological Conditions of Theorizing Communication – Guest Lecture by Dr. Thomas Bauer, University of Vienna

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On November 8th, 2017, the IICM hosted Em. O. Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Bauer, from the Department of Communication at University of Vienna, Austria, for a guest lecture on “Epistemological Conditions of Theorizing Communication”. After the event, Prof. Bauer summarized his lecture for us: Continue reading “Epistemological Conditions of Theorizing Communication – Guest Lecture by Dr. Thomas Bauer, University of Vienna”

IICM engaging with UN EMG at Nexus Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland

geneva-2-e1509024738599.jpgWritten by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

On October 19th, 2017, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) held the third event of its Nexus Dialogues Series, this time taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The IICM supported UN EMG in communication activities around the event.

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Ambassador Kai Sauer Speaking to Students on: “New International Order. The United Nations and the Changing Political Thought.”

dsc_6945.jpgOn Thursday, October 12th, the Institute for International Communication hosted Ambassador Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, for an engaging guest talk and discussion with students about the United Nations and the changing political thought.

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Giving Millennials the Power to Vote for High Quality News

Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 10.12.22 AMWritten by Tiffany Eason, Graduate Student of the Master’s program in International Communication, St. John’s University.

Viktor Lidholt quit his job at Google-Silicon Valley to do something he was more passionate about — challenging mainstream media and changing the way people receive news. On October 4th 2017, Viktor introduced his news site, Newsvoice, to a class of St. John’s University International Communications Master’s students. Continue reading “Giving Millennials the Power to Vote for High Quality News”

When Disasters Strike Digital Communities Take Action: The Impact of Social Media

twitter-292994_640In today’s society, numerous times social media has emerged as the main source of information during and after natural disaster events and human-created emergencies. For example, during recent natural disasters, social media platforms were heavily used to communicate with loved ones, contact authorities, and provide updates on the disaster.

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Dr. Marko Milosavljević: “The danger of media capture is that it consists of subtle practices”

22404007_1022532311223108_1269317833_oDo we know who owns the media we consume and use? What are the algorithms guiding our consumption? Who can curb hate speech? The phenomenon of “media capture” takes place when both governments and commercial interests align against public interest media and transparency in governance of media organizations and platforms.

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Data, Part 2: Data for Global Goals

2017-09-19 12.17.13This is the second of the two-part blog series on current discussions about data and its social, economic, and cultural implications.

The first part was based on the MyData 2017 conference; you can read it here.

This post, by Minna Horowitz, discusses data as a tool in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, sometime called Global Goals), based on a related workshop at the UN Headquarters (19 September 2017). Continue reading “Data, Part 2: Data for Global Goals”

Climate Change: What is so difficult about it? It is a problem of communication!!!

 

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Communicating science to the masses is understandably a daunting task. The descriptive language of climate change is abstract and laden with scientific glossary. Climate change is a subject that implies consequential thinking, often thrice-removed, and making connections, with consequences usually in the not-so-near future. Continue reading “Climate Change: What is so difficult about it? It is a problem of communication!!!”

The vanishing of prudence (cooler heads): is instant messaging the culprit?

media-998990_1280Hot heads among the masses are the norm, and it is not un-expected. Their actions and reactions do not reverberate any significant consequences beyond their familiar circles. History is replete with examples of hot headed rulers in autocratic and dictatorial regimes creating devastating decisions with long lasting deleterious consequences. Continue reading “The vanishing of prudence (cooler heads): is instant messaging the culprit?”

Sustainable Innovative Collaboration

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Written by Alexis Dursunyan, Graduate Student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

A round table allows for equal, free flow of conversation and collaboration between individuals. Research shows that circular seating arrangements lead to people feeling a need to belong. ICSB Academy was a series of round tables; inspiring innovation, creativity and best of all friendship. Continue reading “Sustainable Innovative Collaboration”