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Lolly Bowean Awarded Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award for 2019

Lolly Bowean Awarded Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award for 2019

Lolly Bowean of the Chicago Tribune received the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award for 2019. She was honored at the annual meeting of AEJMC. Lolly Bowean, a 2017 Nieman Fellow and winner of the Studs Terkel Award, is a general assignment reporter focusing on urban affairs, youth culture, housing, minority communities and minority relations. She joins a distinguished group of journalists who have received recognition through the UCF’s Gene Burd Journalism Award. The purpose of this honor is is to reward and thereby improve the practice and study of journalism in the urban environment by recognizing high quality urban media reporting, critical analysis, and research relevant to that content and its communication about city problems, programs, policies, and public priorities in urban life and culture.

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award – A Call For Nominations

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award – A Call For Nominations

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication. It is named in honor of the late social activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. All entries must be published between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019. The book award brings with it a $500 prize.

To nominate a book, please send a short letter of nomination or self-nomination (in the form of an email attachment) to Timothy Gibson, chair of the Jane Jacobs Book Award review committee, at by July 15, 2019. The letter of nomination should describe the book and explain how it addresses issues central to the field of urban communication. For more information on the field of urban communication, and to determine if your nomination fits the award call, please review the Urban Communication Foundation’s mission statement (at

Review process: We will review all letters of nomination after the July 15, 2019 deadline and choose a short-list of finalists. This short-list of finalists (or their publishers) will then be asked to send copies of the book to the award committee.

Timothy Gibson (Department of Communication, George Mason University)
Chair, Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Committee

Email nomination letters to:

Julia Guarneri Awarded 2018 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

Julia Guarneri Awarded 2018 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The UCF is proud to present Julia Guarneri with the 2018 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award for her book, Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans.

Matthew Bui Awarded UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant

Matthew Bui Awarded UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant

2018 Recipient of the UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant

Matthew Bui

The International Association for Media and Communication Research -IAMCR- and the Urban Communication Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2018 UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant will be awarded to Matthew Bui, a doctoral student and Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, for his project (Re)Claiming the Smart City: Los Angeles, Racial Capitalism, and Sociotechnical Representations of Space.

Matthew Bui’s project problematizes the degree to which big data governance tools can, and will, deliver on their promises to foster inclusive and equitable outcomes within urban communities. Namely, it examines the datafication and mediatization of place-based communication through open data portals and commercial geospatial platforms, and argues that, without any deliberate intervention, the integration of these tools within urban governance processes will likely perpetuate and exacerbate the logics of racial capitalism embedded within digital infrastructures.  These issues of race and class are particularly important for the segregated technopolis of Los Angeles.  Moreover, this project calls attention more broadly to the racial and class-based politics of (mis)representation, (in)visibility, and (post)colonialism within sociotechnical productions of space and geospatial databases.

Matthew N. Bui is a doctoral student and Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, and an inaugural Randall Lewis Data Science Fellow at the Southern California Association of Governments.  His scholarship focuses on the racial and cultural politics of big data and data systems, especially in relation to issues of urban planning and policymaking.  In particular, he is interested in advancing “urban data science” as a method of critique and critiquing urban data science as a field.

Honorable Mention: Bob Hanke and Rebecca Finkel

Bob Hanke

Bob Hanke’s project, A Smarter, Smart City? Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Toronto’s Quayside, begins with an October 2017 decision by Waterfront Toronto to partner with Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, in co-producing “Quayside,” a 12-acre site on Toronto’s eastern waterfront. The aim is make Toronto a global hub in urban innovation that takes the lead on the “smart city.” The goal of the project is to examine how Toronto’s implementation of the “smart city” will produce social space and contribute to an emerging platform urbanism.

Bob Hanke teaches media studies in the Departments of Communication Studies and Humanities at York University. Among other courses, he teaches Mediaspace and the Modern City. In 2002, he co-authored a case study of “Signs of a New Park” that examined the planning process and cultural struggle over the meaning of a “park” in the context of new urbanism and a post-modern approach to urban space and nature. He has published in various journals and books, and co-edited “Out of the Ruins: The University to Come” in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. His recent research interests include film-philosophy and the co-existential film trilogy of Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson and U.S. political communication and culture with a focus on Trump’s populist politics and micro-fascism.Rebecca Finkel

Rebecca Finkel will receive an honorary mention for her Examination of Police Communication and Public Interpretations of Safety at Scottish Urban Festivals. Given the current global geopolitical climate and related public safety incidents, security at festivals is now one of the most significant areas of events management, and it is impossible to run successful cultural events or encourage healthy tourism economies if people feel unsafe. However, there is a fine line between creating safe public spaces for celebration and those that are overtly socially controlled. This interdisciplinary research evaluates Police Scotland’s communication, and the public’s interpretation, of safety messages at Scottish festivals.

Dr Rebecca Finkel is an urban cultural geographer and Reader of Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Main focus of research frames critical events studies within conceptualisations of social change. Main research interests centre on equality and diversity, social justice, and cultural identity as it relates to urban festivals and major events. New research investigates post-humanism in events, tourism, and leisure contexts.

Urban Communication Foundation to Sponsor Its Spotlight Session at the 2018 ICA Conference in Prague

Urban Communication Foundation to Sponsor Its Spotlight Session at the 2018 ICA Conference in Prague

Voices in the City, Voices of the City

The 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018
Fri, May 25, 17:00 to 18:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Mozart II

Cities have voices. Cities speak in many ways. The Urban Communication Foundation works to place communication in the foreground of concerns for the city. The communicative city was developed as a construct to measure and recognize urban municipalities that provide or facilitate the creation and maintenance of a healthy communicative environment. Cities not only support human communication but are living organisms that speak themselves. The communicative city initiative espouses the axiom that a community is shaped by communication. A city is a site for communication and an artifact of communication. This panel lends an urban communication perspective to the examination of voices, spotlighting the voices of the host city of Prague. Prague offers lessons in traditional voices of architecture and urban street life while meeting challenges of a changing global media landscape. This panel brings together urban communication scholars and representatives of the Prague community to discuss issues of tourism, its impact on residents and communities, and social enterprises that focus on city tours from a homeless perspective.

Chaired by:

Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation


Susan Drucker, Hofstra University
Petra Jansa, Charles University
Tereza Jureckova, Pragulic
Veronika Marianovská, Charles University
Casey Man Kong Lum, William Paterson University

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