Media policy research expert to speak on American policy battles and media democracy

Victor Pickard, assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a presentation on the American media system and media in democracy.

The presentation, “America's Battle for Media Democracy: Then and Now,” takes place Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Sanford Hall room 309.

Drawing on extensive archival research, Pickard will speak on the normative and historical foundations of the American media system, focusing on the media policy battles in the 1940s. Pickard will also explore policy directions for remaking media based on democratic values for the digital age.

Prior to his position at the University of Pennsylvania, Pickard taught media studies in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and worked on media policy as a senior research fellow at Free Press, a media reform organization in Washington, D.C., where he now advises the Open Technology and Media Policy Initiatives.

His current research is focused on communications policy, democratic theory, media history, and U.S. and global media activism and politics, and his work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; Culture & Critique; Journal of Communication Inquiry; and Critical Studies in Media Communication.

The program is presented by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications and is free and open to the public.

Date: February 5, 2015
Author:  Morgan Beavers,
Contact:  James F. Hamilton,