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April 2021

Hashtag Heroes vs. Disinfo Dystopia: The Left, the Right, and the Truth about Social Media Activism

April 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Department of Communication Studies in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes Dr. Deen Freelon of UNC-Chapel Hill for the latest installment of the CMS Spring Colloquium Series on Truth. This event is co-Sponsored by the Center for Media Engagement.

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March 2021

SXSW Panel: “How Newsrooms Can Help Bridge Divides”

March 16, 2021 - March 20, 2021

Join us for our SXSW panel “How Newsrooms Can Help Bridge Divides.”

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COGSEC Conference

March 4, 2021 - March 5, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement is proud to host COGSEC, an online conference that will bring together a community of practitioners on the front lines of dealing with and actively combatting the efforts of malign actors online.

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Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Political Polarization

March 2, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In this talk, Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University) draws from current findings regarding political polarization to argue that, as important a social good as democracy is, it is nonetheless possible for citizens to overdo it.

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January 2021

New_Public Festival

January 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Join an extraordinary, carefully crafted group of designers, urbanists, technologists, builders, artists, and civic futurists — with Krista Tippett, Cory Doctorow, Danielle Allen, Tristan Harris, Esra’a Al Shafei, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Audrey Tang, Glen Weyl, Katherine Maher, Madebo Fatunde and so many more — to help envision the future of digital public space. Discover the research and framework for measurable qualities of public space that we’ve been working on for the last two years. We’ll be using unique interfaces, experiential elements,…

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December 2020

A Reflection on the Media in 2020

December 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Us: “A Reflection on the Media in 2020” with David Fahrenthold, Arthel Neville, and Dan Rather

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November 2020

Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

November 19, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91924198841

David McCraw will draw on his experiences as a lawyer and as the Deputy General Counsel for The New York Times to explore the ethical challenges awaiting journalists and the American public that arise at the intersection of law, ethics, and technology.

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September 2020

COGSEC Pre-conference Competitions

September 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

COGSEC is hosting two pre-conference competitions over the next few months.

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February 2020

The Next Wave of Disinformation

February 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Samuel Woolley (The University of Texas at Austin) // February 27th, 2020 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Samuel Woolley shows in his new book The Reality Game, it may pale in comparison to what’s to come: humanlike automated voice systems, machine learning, “deepfake” AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality, and more. These technologies have the power not…

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November 2019

Debating Civil Rights: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Battle for the American Soul

November 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Nicholas Buccola (Linfield College) // November 21st, 2019 // 3:30pm-5:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 In February 1965, James Baldwin – the poet of the civil rights revolution – and William F. Buckley Jr. – the Saint Paul of the conservative movement – met for an epic debate in Cambridge, England. Baldwin took the opportunity to deliver a jeremiad against white supremacy and Buckley did his best to warn an international audience of Baldwin’s radical agenda.…

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Schadenfreude

November 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Julia Driver (The University of Texas at Austin) // November 12th, 2019 // 3:30pm-5:00pm // RLP 1.302E One typical definition of "schadenfreude" is “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” The word definitely picks out a distinctive moral emotion. In this paper, I set out to do four things. My first aim in this paper is to provide an account of what schadenfreude is in such a way as to…

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October 2019

MeToo and Journalism Ethics Panel

October 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Gina Masullo (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Meme Drumwright (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Kate West (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Kathleen McElroy (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Scott R. Stroud (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 29th, 2019 // 2:00pm-3:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 How did sexual harassment persist for so long in journalism, and what difference has the #MeToo movement made for those…

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Rebuilding Democracy in Texas: Screening and Discussion

October 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

October 22nd, 2019 // 6:00pm-8:30pm // Texas Union Theatre The machinery of American democracy is broken: Districts are rigged to keep power entrenched. Increasing numbers of citizens are denied access to the vote. And money has deeply corrupted campaigns. But individuals, civic organizations, and governments are working to fix the political system. They’re pursuing electoral reforms that better represent the whole of society; advancing new models for campaign finance reform; and finding new ways to increase voter turnouts and ensuring…

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Why Good People Do Bad Things: The Science of Behavioral Ethics

October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Robert Prentice (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 10th, 2019 // 2:00pm-3:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 When good people do bad things, it is usually not because they have failed to read enough Aristotle or Kant. More commonly, their brains have given them permission to do something that, in retrospect, it is easy for them to see was wrong. Philosophy is integral to the study of morality, but so is behavioral ethics---the study…

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September 2019

Ethics, Technology, and You: Pragmatic Scenarios and Frameworks for Guidance

September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rebecca (Becky) Taylor (The Ethics Project at UT Austin) // September 26th, 2019 // 1:00pm-2:00pm //RLP 1.302C Are we lost as a society when it comes to the technologies we build, those that we depend on, and those that shape our desires and experiences? What are the ethics of new technologies? Join the UT Ethics Project for a discussion of practical stories, pressing issues, and ethical concerns in our efforts to build, sell, and use technology. Rebecca Taylor, an Industry…

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Good Systems: Designing Values-Driven AI Technologies Is Our Grand Challenge

September 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Kenneth R. Fleischmann (The University of Texas at Austin) // September 24th, 2019 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” This is the first law of technology, outlined by historian Melvin Kranzberg in 1985. It means that technology is only good or bad if we perceive it to be that way based on our own value system. At the same time, because the people who design…

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May 2019

Weather Media in the Public Sphere

May 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Dr. John Durham Peters (Yale University) // May 2nd, 2019 // 1:30pm-3:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 On its face, weather sounds like the most banal and mundane thing possible. Ordinary people look down on talking about it and journalists often regard it as the lowest kind of news. This talk aims to show that the accusation that talking about the weather is intellectually empty is hardly the case in the age of climate change, and even…

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April 2019

Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Plenary Roundtable

April 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Zizi Papacharissi (University of Illinois-Chicago), Dr. Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan), Dr. Catherine Knight Steele (University of Maryland), Dr. Gina Masullo (The University of Texas at Austin) // April 25th, 2019 // 9:30am-11:00am // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 Sponsored by: Social Science Research Council, Center for Media Engagement, and Media & Democracy Network The parallel rise of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the so-called alt-right suggests that in 2018, political realities still vary significantly by race and gender. As…

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Devaluing The News: How People Appropriate Journalistic Content

April 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University) // April 11th, 2019 // 12:00pm-1:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about critical issues in journalism, social technology, and other communication media. We feature renowned scholars, experts, and professionals to share their research and perspectives on these topics. How have our technology and media practices evolved to deal with a world in which we spend 7% of our time awake on social…

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The Spectacle of Lynching Redeployed: On the Performance of Democratic Regard

April 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Melvin Rogers (Brown University) // April 9th, 2019 // 3:30pm-5:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 America’s history is marked by a striking image—“black bodies swinging in the southern breeze.” Abel Meeropol—a Jewish American—first articulated this line in his 1937 published poem, “Bitter Fruit,” after viewing Lawrence Beitler’s horrific lynching photograph. Although Meeropol eventually put the words to music, it was jazz singer Billie Holiday’s haunting rendition of the song, now titled “Strange Fruit,” first recorded in…

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Understanding News Avoidance: Perceptions About Audiences

April 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Benjamin Toff (University of Minnesota) // April 5th, 2019 // 12:00pm-1:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.102 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about critical issues in journalism, social technology, and other communication media. We feature renowned scholars, experts, and professionals to share their research and perspectives on these topics. One of the most consistent themes in communication research is the assumption that journalism’s main democratic function is to transmit information so people can…

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March 2019

Challenges to the News-Information-Democracy Narrative

March 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Esther Thorson (Michigan State University) // March 28th, 2019 // 5:00pm-6:15pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 3.206 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about critical issues in journalism, social technology, and other communication media. We feature renowned scholars, experts, and professionals to share their research and perspectives on these topics. There is much research that assumes traditional news use leads to knowledgeable citizens who actively participate in their democracy. Recent work in partnership with…

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Cloak of Invisibility: Perceived Privacy and the Ethical Study of Digital Fan Culture

March 26, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Suzanne Scott (The University of Texas at Austin) // March 26th, 2019 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 What ethical challenges arise when scholars research the passionate fan communities that surround popular films, games, or books? Because many academics studying fan culture self-identify as fans and also participate in the fan communities they study, there has long been an unspoken “fans first” policy governing approaches to ethics in the field. But what happens when we…

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February 2019

Media Freedom and the Middle East: Pursuing a Self-Regulatory Approach in Qatar

February 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Amy Kristin Sanders (The University of Texas at Austin) // February 19th, 2019 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 Laws throughout the Middle East and North Africa dramatically limit freedom of expression by prohibiting journalists from engaging in basic newsgathering functions, including taking video and photos in public. Historically, journalists and the general public alike have faced potential criminal punishment for violation of these laws, which also often prohibit the publication of information deemed offensive, embarrassing…

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CME Presents: The Science of Humor in Science Communication

February 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Sara K. Yeo (University of Utah) // February 18th, 2019 // 10:30am-11:30am // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about critical issues in journalism, social technology, and other communication media. We feature renowned scholars, experts, and professionals to share their research and perspectives on these topics. Sara K. Yeo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Her research…

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January 2019

The Ethical Operating System

January 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Samuel C. Woolley (The University of Texas at Austin) // January 28th, 2019 // 1:30pm-3:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Join the Technology & Information Policy Institute and the Media Ethics Initiative as they host Samuel C. Woolley, Assistant Professor in the Journalism School at the Moody College of Communication. Professor Woolley will present his talk, The Ethical Operating System: How Not to Regret the Things You Build The current wave of computational propaganda has taken…

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November 2018

Journalism Ethics amid Irrational Publics: Disrupt and Redesign

November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Stephen J. A. Ward (University of Wisconsin) // November 5th, 2018 // 3:00pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 How can journalism ethics meet the new challenges to democracy in the era of fake news and real political problems? In this engaging talk, prominent media ethicist Stephen J. A. Ward argues that journalism ethics must be radically rethought to defend democracy against irrational publics, demagogues, and extreme populism. In an age of intolerance and global disinformation, Ward…

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October 2018

Ethics in Public Relations

October 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kathleen Lucente (Founder & President of Red Fan Communications) // October 30th, 2018 // 2:00pm-3:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 What ethical challenges await the public relations professional? Kathleen Lucente, the Founder and President of Red Fan Communications, discusses a range of ethical choices and challenges facing those in the public relations profession, including: ensuring that reporters are fair, just, and honest in their coverage of one’s client, dealing with inappropriate client relations, maintaining honesty and transparency…

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Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

October 16, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Dr. Gina Masullo (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 16th, 2018 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 The current debate over incivility in the public discourse often leaves out an important component – sometimes the most ethical choice is to speak out, even if some people view your speech as uncivil. The need to be civil at all costs can become a tool of the privileged to silence and symbolically annihilate the voices of…

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September 2018

BYOD! Should We Really Ask New College Grads and Employees to Bring their Own Devices to Work?

September 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Keri K. Stephens (The University of Texas at Austin) //September 25th, 2018 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 At first glance, it might sound great to get to choose the cell phone and computer you want to use at work. After all, you might like iPhones and your colleague likes Androids. But what people overlook is that “bring your own” often means you are also paying for these devices and agreeing to rules that few…

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Feeling Rules, Media Ethics, and the Moral Foundation Dictionary

September 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Sven Joeckel (University of Erfurt, Germany) // September 19th, 2018 // 2:00pm-3:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 What does psychology have to tell us about the impact of media on our emotions and moral judgments? Does media make us better moral agents? In this discussion, two visiting researchers from Germany will speak on how media shapes our “feeling rules” and the connection between moral values and political communication. Attention will also be given to how moral…

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April 2018

Media Criticism in Turbulent Times: A Panel Discussion

April 25, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Rod Hart (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Trish Roberts-Miller (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Michael Butterworth (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Barry Brummett (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Trish Roberts-Miller (The University of Texas at Austin) // April 25th, 2018 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 What is the role of media criticism in our turbulent political times? How should we react to the messages and myths our movies, news,…

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The Ethics of Virtual Reality

April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Donald Heider (Loyola University Chicago) // April 10th, 2018 // 3:30pm-5:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Virtual Reality gives participants the chance to enter immersive and interactive media environments. As with many new technologies, the tools might require our consideration of the implications of these tools. What are ethical implications of virtual reality for journalism, film-making and other communication fields? This talk will explore the exciting new possibilities and challenges that virtual reality opens up for…

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How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse

April 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. David J. Gunkel (Northern Illinois University) // April 3rd, 2018 // 2:00pm-3:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 Whether we recognize it or not, we are in the midst of a robot invasion. The machines are now everywhere and doing virtually everything. We chat with them online. We play with them in digital games. We collaborate with them at work. And we rely on their capabilities to help us manage all aspects of our increasingly data-rich, digital…

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March 2018

Making Politics Go Viral (Like Puppies): CME SXSW Panel

March 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

March 10th, 2018 // 5:00pm-6:00pm // JW Marriott Austin Donald Trump and other politicians are using social media to bypass the media and get their message straight to the public. So what can news organizations do to get their political content noticed? In this interactive session, panelists will share their experiences and research on what makes news content – specifically political content – go viral. Attendees will leave with new, creative ideas for how to better reach their social media…

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Hacking Big Data: Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society

March 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. danah boyd (Microsoft Research, Data & Society) // March 6th, 2018 // 5:00pm-6:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 1.202 Data-driven and algorithmic systems increasingly underpin many decision-making systems, shaping where law enforcement are stationed and what news you are shown on social media. The design of these systems is inscribed with organizational and cultural values. Often, these systems depend on the behavior of everyday people, who may not act as expected. Meanwhile, adversarial actors also seek to…

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February 2018

The Real Ethics of Fake News

February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Scott R. Stroud (The University of Texas at Austin) // February 27th, 2018 // 2:00pm-3:15pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 Is fighting fake news as simple as it seems to be? What ethical challenges will our efforts to stomp out fake news create? More and more attention is being directed at the impact of fake news on American democracy. Scholars in a range of fields are attempting to determine who is behind fake news propaganda efforts,…

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Engaging Newsrooms in the Digital Age

February 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Talia Stroud (The University of Texas at Austin) // February 22nd, 2018 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC 5.102) Some think our democracy is in trouble, and that our news media hold the key to fixing our problems. How can our scholarship guide news media in such a role? Does what we do in our colleges and universities matter for improving newsrooms and how they contribute to society? In this talk, Dr. Talia Stroud will show…

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January 2018

The Preference for Idealized Imagery in the Media and Detrimental Self-Perceptions Among Women – When does it Begin?

January 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Dr. Kate Pounders (The University of Texas at Austin) // January 30th, 2018 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 A large body of work has documented exposure to idealized and unattainable imagery in the media in the form of body size has a negative impact on young women. Previous research has primarily used social comparison as the theoretical framework to examine these effects. This talk will highlight a study that examined the impact of idealized imagery…

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November 2017

Ethics and the Appeal to Scientific Consensus in the Climate Change Debates

November 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Jean Goodwin (North Carolina State University) // November 14th, 2017 // 2:00pm-3:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 What are the ethical choices being made when arguers claim that there is a scientific consensus backing their stance on climate change? Is this a simple claim to make, or a complex ethical choice that limits other possibilities in discussing the changing climate? Contemporary argumentation theory has shown that arguers themselves are responsible for creating the local ethical terrain…

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The Dark Side of Social Media: A Panel Discussion

November 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Angeline Close Scheinbaum (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Gary Wilcox (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Scott R. Stroud (The University of Texas at Austin), Jonathan Henson (The University of Texas at Austin), Allye Doorey (The Richards Group) // November 6th, 2017 // 1:00pm-2:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 What is the dark side to social media use? What can be done to improve our social media landscape? What are the ethical values and…

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October 2017

Are New Media Technologies Good for Education and Democracy?

October 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Gregory F. Pappas (Texas A&M University ) // October 26th, 2017 // 12:30pm-2:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 We live in a digital-electronic age and the internet is becoming more the central medium of information and communication. Dr. Gregory Pappas, a philosopher in the pragmatist tradition, explores the following questions and provide some answers in this research talk. Are the new media technologies good for education or the improvement of learning? Do they help us solve…

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Media Psychology’s Explanation for Why You Love Stories: A Morally Ambiguous Resolution

October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Robert Lewis (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 19th, 2017 // 11:30am-12:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Most people spend their leisure time engaged in social interactions and mediated stories. My long-term goal is to examine the intersection of these two behaviors. I believe mediated stories are part of a larger set of nonlinear communication processes able to bind and polarize social groups. Explaining these processes is fundamental for media scholars, and useful for…

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Anthems and Activism: Mediating the Politics of the NFL

October 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Michael L. Butterworth (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 11th, 2017 // 1:00pm-2:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 In recent months, professional football players have used the national anthem ceremony as a stage for political protest. Such moments of activism have sparked significant conversation and controversy, and they have also received substantial media coverage. This talk examines the ethical and historical context for political protest in sports, considers the relationship between the NFL and…

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September 2017

Can We Shop Our Way to a Better Planet? The Promises and Pitfalls of Green Consumption

September 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Dr. Lucy Atkinson (The University of Texas at Austin) // September 21st, 2017 // 11:00am-12:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 From organic bananas and fair-trade coffee to hybrid cars and canvas shopping bags: sustainable consumption is increasingly seen as a solution to the environmental problems brought on by climate change. Dr. Lucy Atkinson will present research that examines the ways green advertising and other persuasive environmental messages encourage consumers to adopt pro-social, civic-minded orientations in the marketplace,…

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May 2017

Rhetorics of the Good Life: Social Ontology, Ethics, and Communication

May 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Omedi Ochieng (Denison University) // May 3rd, 2017 // 3:00pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 How ought we to think of the meaning of “ethics” in light of global climate change, resurgent white supremacy, and the everyday cruelties of neoliberal capitalism? In this presentation, I outline what I describe as a non-ideal social ontology as the background against which a robust understanding of ethics ought to be understood. In contrast to the dominant views of ethical…

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April 2017

Engaging News about Congress: Report from a News Engagement Workshop

April 25, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement with the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon partnered to host a regional news engagement workshop focused on engagement and political coverage.

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Moral Psychology and Media Practice: Keys to Ethical Behavior in News, Public Relations, & Advertising

April 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Patrick Lee Plaisance (Colorado State University) // April 10th, 2017 // 1:30pm-3:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Moral psychology theories and methodologies offer exciting opportunities for work that advances media ethics research in new ways. From brain scans to ‘life story’ interviews to survey data, these opportunities are being explored with diverse populations in multiple disciplines. As empirical researchers increasingly interact with moral theorists, moral psychology research is able to explore the relationships among psychological factors…

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Cosmopolitan Media Ethics and the Global Imaginary

April 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Clifford Christians (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) // April 4th, 2017 // 3:00pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 In this research talk, Clifford Christians explores how media ethics must change to meet the demands of new communication technologies. Today’s information era, with upheavals across the globe, requires a new theory of communication ethics. Our cosmopolitanism cannot be a neoliberal arc or homogenous technological network, but a multicultural transnational imaginary. What is a media ethics of…

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March 2017

Ethical Issues in the Fight Against Revenge Porn

March 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Scott R. Stroud (The University of Texas at Austin) // March 21st, 2017 // 3:00pm-4:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 There has been an increasing legislative and academic dialogue over the growing online plague of revenge porn, or the posting of nude images without a depicted subject’s consent. Most of the dialogue about this awful phenomenon assumes that it is a simple activity with straightforward ethical problems speaking for its total moral and legal condemnation. While…

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February 2017

We’re All Gatekeepers Now: Journalism Ethics for an Unfiltered Age

February 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Mary Bock (The University of Texas at Austin) // February 16th, 2017 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 Journalistic ethics are no longer just for journalists. The digital media environment has flattened the information playing field, giving long-standing news institutions the same access to an audience as extremist propaganda, citizen bloggers and you: yes you. We’re all gatekeepers now, whether or not we want the job. This presentation will propose and explore three rules for…

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January 2017

American Journalism’s Ideology: The Question of Bias in the Media

January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Robert Jensen (The University of Texas at Austin) // January 31st, 2017 // 2:00pm-3:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 The routine assertion that mainstream journalism outlets are disproportionately staffed by liberals, producing a liberal bias in mainstream news, misses the more deeply embedded conservative nature of corporate commercial journalism. In this talk, Professor Robert Jensen will provocatively argue that most journalists reproduce the dominant ideology of the contemporary United States—involving world affairs, economics, and ecology—which can be…

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Who Speaks for Ambedkar? The Debate over Navayana’s Edition of Annihilation of Caste and the Buddhist Teaching of Right Speech

January 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Christopher Queen (Harvard University) // January 24th, 2017 // 1:00pm-2:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208 Following the 2013 release of Navayana’s annotated critical edition of B. R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste with an introductory essay by Arundhati Roy, Dalit (ex-Untouchable) activists angrily charged that Roy and the publisher were unqualified to write on Ambedkar by virtue of their high-caste backgrounds. We examine this war of words in the context of Ambedkar’s career as the leading voice for…

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December 2016

Social Media Summit

December 14, 2016

CME hosted a Social Media Summit to discuss the experiences, benefits, and challenges of using social media.

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November 2016

CME Social Media Summit

November 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

November 11th, 2016 // 11:00am-4:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 2.106 There’s no question that social media has forever changed the way news organizations connect with their audiences. But has that change helped or harmed news organizations? And what’s in it for social media companies to get involved with news organizations, such as through Facebook’s Instant Articles or Snapchat Discover? With their first Social Media Summit, the Engaging News Project and the UT School of Journalism hope to…

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Trump, Clinton, and the Rhetorical Construction of Democracy in Campaign 2016

November 2, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Martin J. Medhurst (Baylor University) // November 2nd, 2016 // 1:00pm-2:00pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 From their announcement speeches to the final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have rhetorically constructed portraits of American democracy in their campaign rhetoric. What do those portraits look like? How are they constructed? What assumptions lay behind them? And what implications for democracy going forward attend their acceptance or rejection? Through a close reading of their presidential nomination acceptance addresses,…

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October 2016

Habitus, Doxa, and Ethics: Insights from Advertising in Emerging Markets in the Middle East and North Africa

October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Minette E. Drumwright (The University of Texas at Austin) // October 13th, 2016 // 3:30pm-4:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.102 How do advertising practitioners in other cultures confront ethical issues? Building on research conducted with Sara Kamal, Professor Drumwright employs Bourdieu’s theory of practice to examine how the perceptions, practices, and discourses of advertising practitioners in Middle East and North Africa influence the advertising field’s habitus and doxa. Through this investigation into culturally inflected media practices,…

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June 2016

News Tools Workshop

June 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Center for Media Engagement workshop -- the first to focus on news tools -- participants shared their experiences with using tools and brainstormed new tools to combat political polarization and get Millennials more involved in the news and politics.

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December 2014

News Engagement Workshop – Princeton

December 15, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In October, the Center for Media Engagement hosted its second News Engagement Workshop, bringing together 11 digital news innovators to discuss current practices and future possibilities.

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April 2014

News Engagement Workshop – Austin

April 16, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ten digital news innovators recently came together to visit about current practices and future possibilities at a workshop hosted by the Center for Media Engagement.

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