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Media Studies acceptances expire on April 3rd at 5:00pm. You should submit your compled declaration to William Little (wgl2h@virginia.edu).  Late declarations will not be accepted, you will need to reapply in the summer after that date. If you turned in an application to the department, but did not turn it in to the Registrar, please email a copy to Julie Gronlund (jlg2r@virginia.edu) by April 3rd and she will process it for you.

The extended deadline for submitting DMP Applications is Friday, April 3rd at 5:00pm.

NEW MEDIA STUDIES MASTER's DEGREE:The Department of Media Studies is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 entering cohort for the MA in Media, Culture, and Technology. This application is open for individuals who have, or will have, completed their undergraduate degree by date of matriculation. Please visit the How To Apply page for more information.  ​

The Media Studies Department welcomes Eli Carter as an affiliated faculty member. As an affiliated member of the faculty, his courses count as Media Studies courses.

In the News....

With broadband deployment a major national issue, Chris Ali has been quoted in the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Journalist's Resource, and in UVA Today.

Discover the links between Coronavirus, Dylan and JFK's assassination in this article by Aniko Bodroghkozy.

Siva Vaidhyanathan publishes an op-ed in The Guardian discussing the fallacy of choosing between people's health and the economy.

Lana Swartz's work on Venmo,Twitter and the COVID-19 crisis is featured on BuiltIn.

Chris Ali talks with The Cavalier Daily about broadband access for students as they transition to online learning.

Siva Vaidhyanathan interviewed by Marketplace.Org: “$200 million is a lot to you, it’s a lot to me, but it’s nothing to AT&T,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. “It’s the kind of fine that will take them days or weeks to make back in profits.”

Lana Swartz discusses the cashless economy and its impact.


Shilpa Dave talks to UVAToday about Disney's cultural depictions.

As a Benton Fellow, Chris Ali is researching and writing on the need for a National Rural Broadband plan.

Shilpa Dave was interviewed by Vox about the changing reception for comedians making fun of Asian cultures.

David Nemer wrote a column for Brazil's El Pais about misinformation during the 2020 elections.

David Nemer wrote a column for Brazil's El País about WhatsApp and Instagram and their roles as platforms for misinformation during the 2020 elections: Instagram, political use and 'fake news' in 2020.

History of Media class, working with Kevin Driscoll, hosts Media Fair.

Chris Ali has some "Thoughts on Rural Broadband Subsidies for the New Decade", which you can read here.

In his latest OpEd piece for the Guardian Siva Vaidhyanathan expounds on Facebook's political involvement. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks with Canada's National Observer on the social media tactics of repressive regimes. 

Bloomberg quotes Chris Ali on the battle between municipalities and big media.

Shilpa Dave speaks with the Washington Post on the racial and cultural depictions warning Disney has added to movies with the launch of their streaming service Disney Plus. 

The Atlantic shares Jack Hamilton's piece on the new Martin Scorses film and the history of American Gangster films. 

David Nemer speaks to the Belfast Telegraph on how mainstream movies and their choices for city landmarks create an opportunity for film tourism. 

The Sun Sentinel speaks with Meredith Clark on #BlackTwitter and the range of issues it encompases, from Black Lives Matter to the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks with Vox on Sen. Josh Hawley's (R-MO) tech legislation and the bias of social media platforms. 

David Nemer speaks with UOL Notícias (Brazil's top oonline news outlet) on how fake news will factor into the 2020 municipal elections.

The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices has recognized David Nemer with an honorable mention for his paper If it Rains, Ask Grandma to Disconnect the Nano

Siva Vaidhyanathan pens a piece for Wired on Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckberg's recent congressional testimony. Prof. Vaidhyanathan also pens an opinion piece for the New York Times on Facebook's reasons for not fact checking political ads. 

In his latest op-ed piece for the GardianSiva Vaidhyanathan expounds on Zuckerberg's recent talk at Georgetown University as what can only be described as 'a manifesto that can only be called incoherent'. 

Chris Ali has been elected Vice Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks with Clarín on the recent Trump video and the ramifications of extreme videos and the political fallout they have. 

UVA Today speaks with Elizabeth Ellcessor on her course Disability and Media, and her research on disability representation, access technologies, and disabled people as media audiences and creators. 

Elizabeth Ellcessor weighs in with the Washington Post in their article covering YouTube creators with disabilities using the site to share their experiences and educate others.  

Slate has published an article by Siva Vaidhyanathan marking the U.S. Attorney General's request for Facebook to scrap the launch of their new encryption for messaging services. 

Jack Hamilton speaks with Studio 360 on the 50th anniversary of the Jackson 5's debut single "I Want You Back". Listen here

CTVNews.ca's article of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's past racist costumes expands on the ideas of blackface, brownface, and brown voice. Brown voice is the central idea behind Shilpa Dave's book Indian Accents

UVA Today speaks with media studies third years Ali Sullivan Norah Mulinda about their internship experience with Charlottesville Tomorrow. 

Routledge has just released Andrea Press' latest book the Handbook of Contemporary Feminism

Congratulations to Andrea Press who won the UVA Public Voices Fellowship to facilitate the public communication of findings from her forthcoming book, US Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism. 

Jack Hamilton pens the third installments of UVA Today's occasional series On Words to dissect what is Rock 'n' Roll. 

The American Society of News Editors’ 41st annual Newsroom Diversity Survey, conducted by Meredith Clark, finds American newsrooms have not increased representation of people of color or female employees. View the Poynter article here.  

Chris Ali brings FCC Acting Chair Michael Copps and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to grounds to discuss the Future of Digital Life, view the Cavalier Daily coverage here. While here UVA Today speaks with UVA alumnus Umair Javid, legal advisor to Commissioner Rosenworcel, on how UVA prepared him for his job. 

Shilpa Dave speaks with The Takeaway podcast about South Asian actors being cast in leading roles. Listen here

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