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2018 IAMCR Conference

2018 IAMCR Conference

Andrea Papallas (right), Cyprus University of Technology, presented his UCF supported research, Social

 Media as Tool to Identify Urban Segregation and Aggregation, at the 2018 IAMCR Conference in Eugene, OR. On the left is James Tice , Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon.

Rachel Reis Mourão: 2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

Rachel Reis Mourão: 2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

After extensive review the committee voted to award the prize to Rachel Reis Mourão for her dissertation entitled “From Mass to Elite Protests: How Journalists Covered the 2013 and 2015 Demonstrations in Brazil.” The reviewers found the dissertation to be sophisticated and nuanced in its analysis of the changing journalism landscape. Dr. Mourão’s work was supervised by Stephen D. Reese at the The University of Texas at Austin.

Her dissertation uses a media sociology approach to untangle how multiple influences shaped journalistic coverage of two waves of protests in Brazil. In 2013, small demonstrations against bus fares evolved into a series of large protests expressing generalized dissatisfaction with conditions in the country. Following the reelection of center-leftist Dilma Rousseff, another wave of protests returned in 2015, this time with a clear agenda: the removal of the President. Communication research has long examined the “protest paradigm,” a pattern of news coverage that legitimized social movements. The study departs from an understanding of protest coverage as paradigmatic towards a more complex view of the relationship between protesters and the press. The analysis helps elucidate the conditions under which the protest paradigm fails and how favorable coverage can occur. The experience of Brazil shows that when an elite opposition supports protests, journalistic norms and routines validate demonstrations, regardless of journalists’ own attitudes.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Rodrigo Zamith

The runner up for the prize was Dr. Rodrigo Zamith for his dissertation entitled “Editorial Judgment in an Age of Data: How Audience Analytics and Metrics are Influencing the Placement of News Products,” which was a theoretically sophisticated exploration of the extent to which audience analytics—i.e., digital metrics that track the preferences of users based on click behaviors—appear to affect news content.

Spotlight on San Diego: The New Urban Agenda: Applications and Interventions

Fri, May 26, 18:30 to 19:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 5, Cobalt 500

Session Submission Type: Panel

Habitat III took place in October 2016 culminating in an outcome document entitled “The New Urban Agenda”, adopted to “guide the efforts around urbanization of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programs and civil society — for the next 20 years.”
The Agenda includes a call for compact cities, polycentric growth, mixed-use streetscapes, prevention of sprawl and transit-oriented development.
The New Urban Agenda is a 23-page document that promises that no one will be left behind through inclusive development, economic growth and environmental sustainability. It deals with rights to the city, and unique needs of vulnerable urban populations including women, the LGBT community, the poor, disabled and indigenous peoples. Urban land policies should guarantee housing, for people, for economic profit and for social interaction. The internet, mobility, “smart cities” were acknowledged and incorporated in the discourse of implementation. Social interaction, community and communication technologies were evident but unarticulated in the New Urban Agenda. With the adoption of the New Urban Agenda attention turns to implementation and intervention. Around the world, there are now efforts to judge existing programs, standards, and achievements while develop innovations designed to achieve New Urban Agenda goals. This panel will explore the host city, San Diego through the lens of communication and the New Urban Agenda.

The panel will be chaired by Paula M. Gardner, McMaster University.

The distinguished panelists include:

Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation

Peter Haratonik, The New School

Susan Drucker, Hofstra University

Angela Booker, BINACOM – Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias

Kieth Pezzoli, BINACOM – Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias

 

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/zv472l4 for more information regarding the event.

The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Awarded to Peter Laurence

Urban Communication Foundation sponsored "Jane Jacobs at 100" at the 2016 National Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia. The 2016 Jane Jacobs Book award was also announced. Picture (from left): Casey Lum (William Paterson University), Erik Garrett (Duquesne University), Curry Chandler (Cloud Gehshan Associates), Lewis Freeman (Fordham University), Susan Drucker (Hofstra University), Harvey Jassem (University of Hartford), Gary Gumpert (Urban Communication Foundation), Peter Hecht (University of Pittsburgh), Peter Haratonik (The New School)

Urban Communication Foundation sponsored “Jane Jacobs at 100” at the 2016 National Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia. The 2016 Jane Jacobs Book award was also announced. Picture (from left): Casey Lum (William Paterson University), Erik Garrett (Duquesne University), Curry Chandler (Cloud Gehshan Associates), Lewis Freeman (Fordham University), Susan Drucker (Hofstra University), Harvey Jassem (University of Hartford), Gary Gumpert (Urban Communication Foundation), Peter Hecht (University of Pittsburgh), Peter Haratonik (The New School)

This book offers readers a fascinating intellectual history of Jane Jacobs’ development as a critic and scholar of urban design. Of particular interest is how this deeply researched book delves into the early stages of Jacobs’ career, focusing with particular detail on her formative years as a working journalist in New York. Laurence shows how, as a writer and associate editor at Architectural Forum and other publications during the 1950s, Jacobs drew on her observations of modern architecture and urban renewal planning—as well as her professional connections to leading urbanists of the day—to develop and sharpen her now-legendary critique of top-down modernist planning. In doing so, Laurence convincingly dispels the mythology that has formed around Jacobs as an “amateur” urbanist who burst unexpectedly onto the scene in 1961. Far from it, Jacobs was a working writer and reporter, whose successive professional encounters with the failures of modernist planning and urban renewal compelled her to offer, as Laurence writes, “a wholly new vision of cities” in The Death and Life of Great American Cities—a vision that attempted to nurture, rather than poison, the fragile “ballet” of the street.

This is a book about urban communication in two major senses. First, as noted above, it documents how Jacobs’ early career as a professional journalist formed the crucial foundation for her development as a leading critic of modernist planning and perhaps the most influential urbanist of the late 20th century. Second, Laurence’s book also shows how Jacobs developed a particular understanding of the built environment as a medium of human communication, as a crucial means for shaping and enabling particular forms of social interaction. Not only did she help develop this view of the communicative city in her early writings and intellectual work (e.g., presenting at conferences on “urban design criticism”), but she was instrumental in bringing this view to wider audiences, both before and after the publication of her seminal 1961 book.

In sum, we cannot think of a more worthy selection for the UCF Jane Jacobs Book Award, particularly on the 100th anniversary of Jacobs’ birth in 1916.