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UVA's Media Studies Department seeks to hire a tenure-track Associate Professor. Search for posting R0017136 at UVA Jobs (or through Workday for internal applicants).

In the News...

Aynne Kokas on TikTok deal in S&P Global.

Mulan and Aynne Kokas continue to make the news in The Times,  on Plugged In, and on The Negotiation Podcast.

Chris Ali and Benjamin Reeves in Realtor Magazine: Why do realtors and home buyers need to care about broadband during covid?

Siva Vaidhyanathan's podcast is featured in A&S News.

MIT Press publish David Nemer's upcoming book Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the Digital Mundane in Favelas of Brazil.

Aynne Kokas responds to the Mulan controvery in The New York Times and on NPR, BBC World News, and WABC Radio.

Bloomberg interviews Aynne Kokas on Disney's loss with Mulan.

Straits TimesStandard, Omni, and The Washington Post feature Aynne Kokas on the recent release of Mulan.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University names Christopher Ali a Knight News Innovation Fellow.

David Nemer is quoted in The Intercept Brasil on the explosion of cyber crimes during the pandemic.

Nikkei Asian Review publishes Aynne Kokas' op-ed about China, politics, and Disney's new release of Mulan. She's quoted by CNN on the same subject.

Aynne Kokas in Axios Today on China's grip on Hollywood.

Television and News Media features Aniko Bodroghkozy on JFK and the 1960s satire boom.

Christopher Ali publishes a broadband primer with the Illinois Dept of Commerce and the Benton Institute.

UVA Today Q&A with Jack Hamilton on the NBA's activism.

Elizabeth Ellcessor joins the Miller Center as UVA Faculty Senior Fellow.

Aynne Kokas writes on the future of China studies in China File.

In Slate, Jack Hamilton on the NBA strike.

Distance Learning from China..an op-ed by Aynne Kokas in The Library of Congress blog.

Aynne Kokas discusses the impact of politics on the business strategy being TikTok sale talks in S&P Global Marketplace Intelligence.

The Nikkei Asian Review and China Digital Times feature Aynne Kokas on the Hollywood in China.

Shilpa Dave considers Americans attitudes about multiracial identity in The Washington Post.

Wired features an article by Siva Vaidhyanathan about the impact of moving images on our minds.

Lana Swartz is interviewed about her book New Money in the Vergecast interview series.

Christopher Ali writes an op-ed on the digital divide for The Hill.

Bloomberg TV interviews Anne Kokas on the realities of banning TikTok.

Jack Hamilton examines the classic "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" in Slate.

UVA Today asks Aynne Kokas to help us all better understand what's happening with TikTok.

Xenophobia in America is discussed in this issue of Democracy in Danger with co-host Siva Vaidhyanathan. 

In The Washington PostAynne Kokas considers the real (and superficial?) outcomes of targeting TikTok and WeChat.

Nikkei Asian Review interviews Aynne Kokas about PEN America's call for Hollywood to resist censorship pressure from China.

Chris Ali served as an expert witness on broadband for the Reimagine New York State Blue Ribbon Commission. See his comments here.

Aynne Kokas comments in Slate's piece contrasting TikTok's status as a lightning rod for superpower conflict against its former potential to be a Chinese cultural soft power win.

What is a tech expert? Siva Vaidhyanathan considers this question in Wired.

David Nemer was a featured guest on CNN Brasil in their debate on hate speech and misinformation.

The Deliberative Media Lab launched its new podcast Democracy in Danger with co-host Siva Vaidhyanathan and musical score composed by Jack Hamilton.

The new podcast series Public Books interviews Siva Vaidhyanathan  about the past and future of the internet.

Meredith Clark is interviewed in The New Yorker about the Black Lives Matter movement's use of social media.

Aynne Kokas comments about China's unexpected boost for Hollywood in Marketplace.

In The Conversation, Aniko Bodroghkozy looks at Bloody Sunday and the legacy of John Lewis.

KVUE-ABC in Austin interviews Chris Ali about school reopening and the digital divide.

Is America ready to reopen schools? Siva Vaidhyanathan responds to this question in The Guardian.

Variety interviews Aynne Kokas about the problems faced by theater chains operating in the U.S., particularly those owned by foreign media firms.

El Nacion interviews Siva Vaidhyanathan in Encrucijada: Facebook enfrenta su mayor desafío para no perder peso político.

CultureFile in Ireland gives a shout-out to Lori Morimoto's work on K-pop and TikTok.

David Nemer surprises many with his open criticism of the Brazilian government in O Estadão.

Aynne Kokas is interviewed about how Zoom courses could put Chinese students at risk.

UVA Today interviews Shilpa Davé on HBO Max's decision to remove Gone With the Wind from its library. 

Kevin Driscoll looks at the history of Bulletin Board Systems in a WiderScreen issue dedicated to research on pre-internet computer cultures.

The Richmond Times Dispatch covers Chris Ali's visit to Powhatan County where he spoke on the importance of and strategies for providing access to quality broadband service.

Shilpa Dave' is interviewed on Bloomberg TV discussing whether or not Gone With the Wind should be censored or available to watch. Forward video to 13:45 to listen.

Is Facebook to big to fix? Hear what Siva Vaidhyanathan has to say on Bloomberg TV.

Meredith Clark's editorial in Poynter looks at diversity in the world of journalism.

Jack Hamilton review: "Be Water is best when exploring the subject of race, a topic that it approaches with rare sensitivity for an ESPN production."

Meredith Clark gives insight into the responses to, and accountability for those responses to, the death of George Floyd and public protests in ForbesVice, and The Cavalier Daily.

Siva Vaidhyanathan explores what motivates mark Zuckerberg in Wired.

Home School, a podcast by the Center for Investigative Reporting and co-produced with PRX, features a lengthy interview with Chris Ali in their discussion of the digital divide.

Siva Vaidhyanathan congratulates Twitter for their handling of Trump's tweets in The Guardian and is interviewed by CBC on the President's use of social media.

Andrea Press,William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Media Studies & Sociology, has been appointed a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Congratulations!

Life online doesn't necessarily translate into accessibility for disabled Americans. Elizabeth Ellcessor is interviewed about this in Slate.

Anna Katherine Clay's article in The New York Times shares how UVA baseball player Danny Hultzen, now a Chicago Cubs prospect, is handling this season's pause.

The Daily Progress profiles 3rd-year Media Studies major Jake Malesek's successes on twitter.

Little Richard Changed Everything. Pop critic and Media Studies Professor Jack Hamilton pays homage to the great musician in Slate.

Liz Ellcessor discusses disability cultures with Aimi Hamraie on Contra, the podcast about disability, design justice, and the lifeworld.

Rather than finish the syllabus as written for spring 2020, Wyatt Andrews' Basic Multimedia Reporting class wrote and produced a documentary. Spring Broken: College on COVID looks at UVA students' responses, dilemmas, and hopes as they navigate the world in quarantine.

Siva Vaidhyanathan looks at a social media giant's recently formed review board in Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation.

In Medium, David Nemer discusses Brazilian necropolitics and resurrection of the Dancing Coffin Crew meme.

Is covid-19 creating a homework gap? Chris Ali explores this for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.

David Nemer asks, in SalonIs Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing president, the new Jim Jones?

CBS 29 News speaks with Siva Vaidhyanathan about the UVA community's efforts to support furloughed workers.

Why is Carol Baskin the least likeable character inTiger King? Andrea Press reflects on this question in Shondaland.

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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