Frank van Vree @ Columbia on Oct 21, 12-2

October 20, 2010

Tomorrow (Thurs Oct 21) from 12-2pm at Columbia’s Journalism school, room 107B we will continue the fall Colloquium series with a talk from Frank van Vree.

Entitled “Shock and Penance: An Archaeological Approach to the Early Imagery of Nazi Crimes,” his talk sounds like a gem for anyone interested in the history of photography and the politics of imagery.

Van Vree’s work ranges almost as widely as our field of communications itself: trained as a historian and a philosopher, he has written on public memory, visual culture, the public sphere, and the cultural  dimensions of journalism, among other things; he has also founded a highly successful journalism master’s program at the University of Amsterdam and heads the Department of Media and Culture there, in addition to writing about media and society for a number of weeklies.

See you at noon in room 107B.

CCC Socializer – 9pm Wed Sept, 15 @ The Magician

September 11, 2010

Collective Communications Campus is back in session and we are organizing a socializer for media and communications-interested graduate students and scholars in and around New York on Wednesday Sept 15, 9 p.m. and onwards.

We’re returning to the Magician, 118 Rivington Street, on the Lower East Side.

Come along, forward the invitation, bring a friend, and meet some of the other people trying to make sense of it all.

CCC social event, March 11, at the Magician

March 5, 2010

Collective Communications Campus is hosting its first spring
socializer for media and communications-interested graduate students
and scholars in and around New York on Thursday March 11, 8.30 p.m.
and onwards.

We’ll be back at the Magician, 118 Rivington Street, on the Lower East

Come along, forward the invitation, bring a friend, and meet some of
the other people trying to make sense of it all.

Silvio Waisbord at Columbia, March 8, 12-2

March 5, 2010

Monday, March 8, 12-2 p.m., Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University) is speaking about “Making Civic News: NGOs and Journalism” at the Columbia Communications Colloquium. Room 601B in the graduate school of journalism. All are welcome.

Columbia Communications Colloquium, Spring 2010

January 27, 2010

All events are free and open to the public, a light lunch will be served.
Robert W. McChesney (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Journalism is Dead. Long Live Journalism
February 4, 12-2 p.m. Room 607B, Graduate School of Journalism

Erica Robles (New York University)
Mediating Congregation: The Aesthetics and Technics of an American Megachurch
February 8, 12-2 p.m. Room 607B, Graduate School of Journalism

Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University)
Making Civic News: Advocacy Journalism and Collective Mobilization in Latin America
March 8, 12-2 p.m. Room 607B, Graduate School of Journalism

Laura DeNardis (Yale University)
Technologies of Dissent
April 19, 12-2 p.m. Room 607B, Graduate School of Journalism

Amelia Arsenault (Univesrity of Pennsylvania)
The Convergence of Networks and the Importance of Nodes: Mapping the Global Networks of the Information Industries
February 23, 12-2 p.m. Room 601B, Graduate School of Journalism

Hegde on call center industry, at NYU, Dec 2, 12-2 p.m.

November 30, 2009
Radha Hegde | Spaces of exception? Violence, technology and the transgressive gendered body in the Indian call center industry
Dec 2, 2009 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
IPK, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Main Conference Room

CCC social get-together, Dec 3, 8.30 p.m. onwards

November 23, 2009

Collective Communications Campus is hosting the second and last
get-together of the Fall 2009 semester for media and communications-interested graduate students and scholars in the great New York metropolitan area on Thursday December 3, 8.30 p.m. and onwards.

The event will take place at Bar 1020, on Amsterdam Avenue, between
110th Street/Cathedral Parkway and 111th Street. For those who are
attending Noam Chomsky’s lecture at Columbia that night, we will be
conveniently located pretty much right next door.

Come along, bring a friend, and meet some of the other people trying
to make sense of it all.

Columbia Courses, Spring 2010

November 19, 2009

Three more Columbia courses on Top of Professor John’s Network Course (see below).

Members of the J-school Communications faculty are offering the following courses for spring in addition to the Networks course – Prof. Gitlin’s description tk.

SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS. Prof. Michael Schudson. Monday, 10-12.

This seminar reviews leading works of social science (particularly in sociology, political science, and communication studies) that analyze the character and role of the news media in society — and that do so from different theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary points of view. The focus is primarily on the news media of the United States but the course will situate the American case in cross-national perspective. The first half of the course will center on the most influential works of the past three decades. The second half of the course will focus on developments of the digital age, especially the past five years. Students will be urged to keep tabs on —  and write research papers about —  developments in digital journalism, whether in on-line startups or websites of mainstream media (but other paper topics are also welcome). Syllabus available upon request.


What does “true to life” mean when applied to the stories journalists tell using ingredients in the world instead of, or along with, words? How do ideas about the authenticity of visual images develop and play out in a profession that grounds its identity in its claim to accurately represent reality? In a wide-ranging exploration of those questions, we will consider historical, ethical, social, and aesthetic aspects of the relationship between journalism and visual media from the daguerreotype to cinema verite to citizen-journalism-by-cellphone. We’ll look at the assumptions, conventions, ethical standards, and moral dilemmas that attach to the production and reception of photojournalism and documentary film, and how those have changed over time; how viewers and critics responded to them; and what sort of debates and controversies they have inspired. The focus will be American, though relevant work from other countries will be included. Assignments will include weekly readings, viewings of photographs and films, an in-class presentation, a final paper, and vigorous, informed classroom discussion.

MAKING PUBLICS. Prof. Todd Gitlin. Tuesday, 2-4. Current debates about the internet and democracy echo older questions about the nature of public life in the modern world.  This seminar surveys major theories of the hyperconnected society (Castells, Benkler, et al.) as well as precursors (Dewey, Lippmann, et al.), with an eye to overarching social analysis and anthropological speculation on the arrival of a new way of life, mixed with a tincture of prophecy.


COMMUNICATION RESEARCH PROBLEMS. Prof. Todd Gitlin. Thursday, 2-4. Required of Columbia Communications Ph.D.candidates, this seminar guides students to identify and explore their dissertation topics.

Spring course on Networks at Columbia

November 12, 2009

Richard R. John, a new faculty member in the Communications Program at Columbia, will be offering a course on networks in the spring semester. A first draft of the syllabus is posted below along with contact details for Professor John for those interested. It looks fascinating, and wide-ranging too.

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A Roundtable on Technology and Democracy at Columbia, Nov 24

November 11, 2009


November 24th, 2009, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., room 601A, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University.

Hosted by the Communications Colloquium, organized by the Columbia Communications Program and supported by ISERP.

Moderated by Gabriella Coleman (NYU),

The MoveOn Effect: Disruptive Innovation in the Advocacy Group System

David Karpf (Brown University),

The internet has given rise to a new generation of political associations.  While the interest group system of the past 40 years has been typified by highly centralized, single-issue organizations, “internet-mediated issue-generalists” such as have quickly achieved towering size and influence.  I will present research on how information technology has enabled new membership and fundraising regimes that have allowed these new groups to displace their predecessors. I will also discuss changes in the scope of collective action, and explain why the rise of internet fundraising is hastening the fall of several longstanding political associations.

From Objectivity to Hospitality: Understanding the Democratic Potential of the Internet for Journalism in a Global World

Lokman Tsui (University of Pennsylvania/Harvard University),

How is the internet allowing for transformative changes in journalism and what are its normative implications? Drawing on Global Voices, a global citizen media organization, I suggest the internet allows for a shift in the production logic of news and that this has normative implications: I argue that we can and need to move beyond objectivity towards “hospitality” in thinking about journalistic excellence. Roger Silverstone defines hospitality as the “ethical obligation to listen.” Indeed, in a world where the internet makes it so much easier for everybody to speak, Global Voices asks us on their website: “The world is talking. Are you listening?” In our attempts to understand the emancipatory potential of the internet for journalism, we would do ourselves a disservice by limiting our imagination to the ideal type of journalism from a previous era, to merely understand the new through the old. Without expanding our imagination, we cannot hope to understand how the internet might alter the constraints of the public sphere for the better. This project is an initial attempt to fill this gap.

Giving the People What They Want: Reflections on WikiCandidate, a Crowdsourced Campaign for the President

Josh Braun (Cornell University),

Scholars of politics and media have long sought to delineate how and why some political issues and framings become prominent, while others remain obscure.  Most agree that the political press tacitly employs some set of selection principles in determining its coverage, and that politicians and other figures who want their issues covered become familiar with these filters. What’s less clear is whether these filters that discern what’s interesting, important, or appropriate in political discussion are unique to the mass media and the political machines that play to it, or whether the same process of filtering and claim-adaptation turns up in self-organizing new media spaces, where users ostensibly control the content and terms of discussion.  In short when are the agenda-setting tendencies of mass media, which are often imagined to no longer apply in online contexts, nevertheless reintroduced by the participants themselves. In this talk, I explore these questions in relation to the behavior of participants in a research project called WikiCandidate, which consisted of a publicly available Website for a fictional presidential candidate running in the 2008 election, on which all of the issues, press releases, and other content were openly editable by users.