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Congratulations to Media Studies Alumnus Ben Tobin (2018) and his colleagues at The Louisville Courier Journal who won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for their covereage of the more than 600 pardons and commutations issued by former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin during his final weeks in office. See Ben's story here

UVA Today speaks with David Nemer about WhatsApp's influence of fake news on the Brazilian presidential election. 

Lana Swartz continues to speak about Facebook's digital currency Libra, slated for release in 2020, with BBC News and The Verge. She can be seen on a Today Show segment here

Chris Ali is quoted in this NBC29 piece where Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA 7) hosted a Rural Broadband Summit at Lousia County public schools. UVAToday interviews Prof. Ali after the summit. 

David Nemer, new Assistant Professor in Media Studies will be teaching MDST 3559 Social Media and Global South Societies this Fall. You can read his latest publication, "WhatsApp is Radicalizing the Right in Bolsonaro's Brazil" here.

Lori Morimoto  will be joining us as a Lecturer this fall. She will be teaching MDST 3110 Hollywood Goes to Asia.

The Guardian has named Siva Vaidhyanathan a regular colomnist. See his newest piece here

Siva Vaidhyanathan is quoted in a Mother Jones article on Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. 

Kevin Driscoll is quoted in this New York Times article on Mayor de Blasio's Fox appearance with Sean Hannity. 

"Latin American, Computing, and the Politics of the Past and Present" by David Nemer has been added to Medium.com

Siva Vaidhyanathan pens a piece for the Atlantic

Aynne Kokas has bee named a Miller Center Faculty Senior Fellow. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan is quoted in this New York Times essay on Facebook's announced cryptocurrency Libra. 

Kevin Driscoll contributed an article "Cooperative Mode for Amateur and Academic Game Histories" to the new online journal ROMchip. This journal is focused on the critical histories of games and the first edition has compiled numerous essays on what the future of the games field could be. 

Jack Hamilton and others share their 'Walk-Up' song in this UVAToday piece. 

Christopher Ali speaks with the C’ville about local coverage in newspapers with increasing subscription costs. Prof. Ali also spoke with Digital Content Next about the delights and pitfalls of CBSN Los Angeles’s streaming local news service.

Assistant Professor David Nemer will join the faculty in August. His recently published article "Reproducing hierarchies or resisting domination: exploring the gendering of technology spaces in the favelas" can be found in the Journal of Gender, Technology and Development

Lana Swartz speaks with NPR about Facebook's digital currency Libra, slated for release in 2020. She is also quoted in The Guardian on the same topic. 

Elizabeth Ellcessor has received the International Communication Association’s (ICA) Young Scholar Award! This award is based on the recipients published works, excellent productivity in their career, their robust research and continuing scholarship.

Andre Cavalcante spoke with Time on Snapchat's new gender swapping filter. 

Chris Ali makes his Broadband Bits podcast debut. 

Aynne Kokas is quoted in a New Yorker piece about Chinese censorship in a recent episode of the Good Fight.

The Nikkei Asian Review publishes Aynne Kokas' op-ed "China's filmmakers will never please Beijing enough". 

The Post Reports podcast invites Aynne Kokas to discuss China's first Netflix sci-fi blockbuster. 

Christopher Ali is quoted by the McClatchy DC Bureau's article on 19M rural Americans with little or no internet access. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan spoke with the PBS News Hour on the recent Mens Basketball NCAA Championship. 

Christopher Ali is quoted in this Fredericksburg.com article on the push for extended broadband coverage.

DMP Student Showcase images can be found here


Fourth Year Robby Keough wins Student Emmy Award

Congratulations to fourth year Robby Keough! The Capital Region Television Academy has announced Keough has won a College Production Emmy Award in the category of News: General Assignment – Serious News. This entry, "March For Our Lives Student Walk Out", was a story covering the March 14, 2018 Student Walk Out Day in honor of the Parkland shooting victims. Keough won as the photojournalist and editor. His reporter was Yahya Abou-Ghazala, a Global Studies fourth year. The story can be found here on the WUVA News website. UVAToday published an article on the Emmy win. 


Christopher Ali is quoted in this CNET article on rural broadband mapping. 

Andrea Press spoke at University College London and the London School of Economics on her forthcoming book Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan spoke with the New Zealand Herald on social media regulations dealing with hate speech or fake news. 

Christopher Ali's short commentary on Senate Bill S.454 entitled "An Office Of Rural Broadband: We've Heard This Before" is featured by the Benton Foundation. 

The Guardian has named Siva Vaidhyanathan a regular colomnist. See his piece "Cambridge Analytica was the Chernobyl of privacy".

Christopher Ali's article "We Need A National Rural Broadband Plan" is featured in The New York TImes. 

Elizabeth Ellcessor discusses campus safety in her recently published article, "Blue-light emergency phones on campus: Media infrastructures of feeling."

Media Studies majors know,  "What Do Rita Moreno, ‘Shaft’ and an Eight-Track Player Have in Common?" after taking History of Media with Assistant Professors Kevin Driscoll and Keara Goin.

A conversation with  Sean Duncan about games and storytelling.

UVAToday talks to Meredith Clark about Black Twitter and online communities.

The Benton Foundation has named Christopher Ali a Faculty Fellow for 2018-2021.

Aynne Kokas has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Mandarin Society.

Looking for some reading material for the winter break? Siva Vaidhyanathan's Antisocial Media is listed as one of the best books of 2018 by NPR.

Anna Katherine Clay reels in Heath Miller for a chat with aspiring journalists in her Sports Journalism class.

William Little recognized by student for his outstanding teaching ability. Read about it here.

Andrea Press spoke from her forthcoming book Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexiam at the "#MeToo and Epistemic Injustice” conference held by the CUNY Advanced Research Collaborative. See the panel here.

Congratulations to Andrea Press for her election as Chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division of ICA.

Andre Cavalcante is featured in UVA Today.

The Media Studies Department is pleased to announce Camilla Fojas as the new department Chair, effective August 1, 2018. 

Graze through the Midwest with Professor Ali and Tuna in UVA Today.

The Annals of Emergency Dispatch & Response chat with Liz Ellcessor about her research on media technologies in dispatch. Listen to the podcast.

The Washington Post reviews Siva Vaidhyanathan's new book, Antisocial Media.

Andrea Press' radio interview with 94.7 WPVC: "Apropos Of Something"

Feminism After Trump panel discussion - view here.

Christopher Ali's Q&A on AT&T/Time Warner merger. Read here.

Aniko Bodroghkozy's course featured in UVA Today.

Wyatt Andrews is featured in Virginia Magazine. Read the article here.

Siva Vaidhyanathan has a featured opinion in the New York Times: "Why the Nazis Came to Charlottesville"

Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses privacy and policy in this recently published article for Bloomberg.