20 Years Later: The 1996 Atlanta Olympics & the Evolution of Sports Journalism is an all-day conference brought to the department by the William Armstrong Endowment. The event will celebrate the evolution and changes to sports journalism in the past twenty years. Legendary New York Times Journalist William Rhoden will both give the plenary speech and host all panels of the conference. William Rhoden is an Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves and Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback, William C. Rhoden uses sports as a vehicle to understand an increasingly complex society. From the implications of President Obama’s election (Jackie Robinson), to the notion that the nation has somehow entered into a “post racial” era, Rhoden describes how sports has corollaries and parallels to every crucial aspect of contemporary American society.
For the conference program and schedule here.
Media Industries is a peer-reviewed, multi-media, open-access online journal that supports critical studies of media industries and institutions worldwide. It invites contributions that range across the full spectrum of media industries, including film, television, internet, radio, music, publishing, gaming, advertising, and mobile communications. Authors are encouraged to explore a range of industry-related processes, such as production, distribution, infrastructure, policy, exhibition, and retailing. Contemporary or historical studies may explore industries individually or examine inter-medial relations between industrial sectors employing qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies; of primary importance is that submissions adopt a critical perspective.
The Department of Communication at Georgia State University is a core founding- member of the Editorial Collective that edits and produces the journal. Amelia Arsenault, an Assistant Professor in the department, serves as Co-Managing Editor. GRA positions are available each year for GSU Department of Communication graduate students interested in media industries scholarship and open access publishing.
Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. We use the title "curator" because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator’s work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.
Theme weeks are designed to generate a networked conversation between curators. All the posts for theme weeks thematically overlap and the participating curators each agree to comment on one another’s work.
In Media Res hopes to:
• Give scholars the opportunity to critically engage with the media in a more immediate and timely way.
• Promote discussion within the media studies community through virtual interactions around contemporary media artifacts.
• Enable a lively debate in which the sum total of the conversation will be more valuable than any one particular voice.
• Bridge the divide between academic and non-academic communities, inviting a critically-engaged and/or curious public to join in.
• Lead to the emergence of new scholarly and pedagogical ideas about studying and teaching media.
• Work toward reinvigorating the academic’s role as public intellectual by presenting media scholars not just as informed experts with valuable ideas to impart about critical media literacy, but as fellow citizens in a mediated society.