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Call for chapter proposals: ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford are currently seeking chapter proposals for an edited volume on ICTs, peacebuilding, and governance in Africa.

Please see the full call here.

Request for Research Proposals: ICTs for Peace-building & State-building in Somalia / Somaliland

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, together with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, announces a call for proposals for a case study research project regarding the use of ICTs (particularly mobile phones and the internet) to promote peace-building and / or state-building in Somalia / Somaliland.  There is a particular interest for proposals that address issues relating to elections or constitution-making but this call is not limited to such proposals.

Specific questions and elements to be addressed by the research project:

  • Identify a particular case study (or a particular technological innovation) that has affected peacebuilding, government provision of services, government accountability, or political engagement in Somalia / Somaliland
  • The case study should center on how end-users / citizens are using the technology (in other words, the technology should be one that is used by the general public).
  • Secondary stakeholders: Did the use of the technology by the end-users/citizens coincide or diverge (or both) from the goals and designs of those that created the project, those who implemented the project, and those who funded it?
  • Conclusions and insights arising from the analysis should include how ICT-enabled projects contribute to peace-building and/or state-building in Somalia / Somaliland, and what these projects suggest about future efforts to use ICTs for these goals.

This project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, is part of a larger research program on the role of ICTs in state-building and peace-building in East Africa.

Applicants must be individuals or institutions based in Somalia/ Somaliland-   

Applications are due September 16, 2013. For the full RFP, please click here.

Request for Research Proposals: ICTs During the 2013 Elections in Kenya

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, together with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, announces a call for proposals for a case study research project regarding the use of ICTs (particularly mobile phones and the internet) during Kenya’s 2013 elections.

After the violence that occurred during the Kenyan elections of 2007-2008, Kenya’s government, its civil society, and its citizens expressed concern about the 2013 elections, and the potential for violence arising from inflammatory speech. The purpose of this project is to explore ICT use during the recent elections as it relates to monitoring, curbing, or even promoting hate speech.

Project specifics:

1) The research should focus on the use of ICT initiatives aimed at engaging citizens in reporting incidents of violence, electoral fraud, or hate speech during the 2013 elections (such as, but not limited to, Uchaguzi)

2) The project should focus on the end-user (citizens) primarily, and other stakeholders secondarily. We want to deepen understanding of how individuals made use of new communications technology during the elections, and whether use of online platforms or mobile devices coincides or diverges (or both) from the goals and designs of those that created the project, those who implemented the project, and those who funded it.

3) Conclusions and insights arising from the analysis should include how ICT-enabled projects contribute to peacebuilding and what these projects suggest about future efforts to use ICTs for peacebuilding.

This project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, is part of a larger research program on the role of ICTs in statebuilding and peacebuilding in East Africa. 

Applicants must be individuals or institutions based in Kenya. 

Applications are due September 9, 2013. For the full RFP, please click here.

Internet Policy Observatory: Call for Proposals

Internet Policy Observatory: Call For Proposals

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, announces a call for proposals under its Internet Policy Observatory (IPO). One of the goals of IPO is helping to develop a broad understanding of the conditions, processes and stakeholders that drive the development of Internet policies in pivotal countries, and of how those conditions influence developments at the regional and international levels.

Proposals should address one or both of the two RFPs described below:

* Internet Policy Observatory Regional Hub Grants
* Internet Policy Observatory Thematic Grants

Internet Policy Observatory - Regional Hub Grant

The objective of this Call is to add to a global network of Regional Hubs supporting Internet policy research with specific regional perspectives. The purpose of these grants is to encourage research from a variety of disciplines to help further understanding on how global Internet policies evolve.

This Call is open to persons and organizations who are particularly interested in Internet policy research, and who are based in countries that are located within (1) Latin America & Caribbean, (2) Middle-East and North Africa[1], (3) South & South-East Asia[2] / Pacific (4) Central Asia[3](5) East Asia[4] (6) Sub-Saharan Africa.

Research groups, universities, and civil society organizations which already have research programs on Internet policy issues in the relevant countries and regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Beneficiaries of related, but different grants awarded under the Internet Policy Observatory may also apply to this call.

Eligible proposals should address four core deliverables (Please view the full RFP for complete descriptions of deliverables):

1. Hub Study: The Internet Policy Observatory welcomes proposals that seek to investigate Internet policy issues within specific countries within a region, or alternatively the region as a whole. Potential topics to consider range across the wider field of Internet policy, including, but are not limited to, issues of Internet governance, Internet filtration and censorship, implications of military and security services activities and concerns on policy development, to name but a few examples.
2. Hub Survey: Proposals should speak to the organization's capacity to carry out qualitative and quantitative research. As part of the Internet Policy Observatory's effort to create a global Delphi (expert) survey on Internet policy formation, organizations will be expected to incorporate a strategy for the creation and implementation of regional surveys.
3. Hub View: A key task of the Regional Hubs is to regularly provide news on Internet-policy-relevant developments within their region to the IPO website.
4. Hub Action: Each Regional Hub should also propose further, regional specific activity - such as local conferences or workshops - that can be financed directly from the Grant or might be financed from other sources.

Grants are expected to be USD 20,000-40,000 per application selected.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm EST on September 15, 2013.

Click here for the full RFP, including information about eligibility, deliverables, submission guidelines, and award criteria.

Internet Policy Observatory Thematic Grants

The objective of this Call is to encourage research by individuals and institutions particularly interested in Internet policy issues.

This Call is open to persons and organizations who are particularly interested in Internet policy research and who are based in key countries/regions or led by a consortium that is located within the key regions.

Research groups and civil society organizations which already have research programs on Internet policy issues in the relevant countries and regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is required both for research and relevant administration tasks.

The thematic focus of the proposals may include, but is not limited to, one of the general areas (for full descriptions, please view the full RFP.

* Technical developments and Internet policy
* Governance and Internet policy
* Internet policy and Internet/cyberspace ownership
* Social media and Internet policy
* The socio-economic impact of Internet policy
* The language of Internet Policy

Applications should be submitted by 5pm EST on September 15, 2013.

Click here for the full RFP, including information about eligibility, deliverables, submission guidelines, and award criteria.

For more information, please direct comments and questions to

USIP Interview Discusses Communication for Peacebuilding Report

In 2011 and 2012, USIP held a Priority Grant Competition entitled “Communication for Peacebuilding” to support research and practitioner projects on the ways that communication flows and communication technologies can contribute to the prevention and resolution of conflict. Internews, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening independent media worldwide, received funding in 2011 for a grant project in the Central African Republic and also agreed to serve as the lead ‘learning organization’ for the group of three 2011 grantees.

At the conclusion of the three projects, Internews convened a learning group meeting in which the three project directors discussed lessons learned from their projects. Lauren Kogen and Nina Sheth prepared a detailed report on this meeting and USIP’s Elizabeth Murray discusses the main findings of the report.

Milton Wolf Seminar Dispatches featured in the World Policy Institute Blog

The World Policy Institute's blog features testimonies from the 2012 Milton Wolf Seminar, “Transitions Transformed:  Ideas of Information and Democracy Post-2011.” Written by the seminar's Emerging Scholars, the five dispatches discuss topics debated during the seminar, such as information space and empowerment in a changing world or competing narratives over internet freedom. Among the Emerging Scholars selected to appear on the World Policy Institute's website are CGCS Visiting Scholar Leshuo Dong and third year Annenberg doctoral student Sandra Ristovska.

Annenberg's Iran Media Program publishes Finding a way - How Iranians reach for news and information

The Iran Media Program publishes its groundbreaking  2011-2012 report on media consumption in Iran:  Finding a Way - How Iranians reach for news and informationThe report was authored by Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith and Mahmood Enayat and encompasses the results of two surveys conducted over the past year: the first is a field-based, systematically recruited sample of Iranians in several major metropolitan areas which mirrored the demographics of the country. The second study is an online questionnaire among young, metropolitan, educated and technologically savvy Iranians, and was aimed at illustrating the extent to which these youth employ new media for political purposes over a year after the contested Iranian elections and during the Tunisia, Egypt and Libya uprisings. The report combines the two studies for a comprehensive look at media consumption in Iran.

Both studies obtained information on what sources Iranians consider most important for news and information, what kinds of new and traditional media are used and for what purposes, and which new media are used to discuss various issues. The prevalence of Internet use, online activities, and speed of access was assessed, as was the use of and engagement with certain platforms such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter. The surveys also examined the use of circumvention tools as well as the extent to which Iranians think citizens can be empowered through the use of new media.


Employment and collaboration opportunities at CGCS

The Center for Global Communication Studies is happy to invite qualified applicants to apply for the folowing positions and programs. 

Deputy Director  

Fall 2012 Policy and Research Intern 

Visiting Scholars Opportunity  

Blog Contributor


Duties: This position will serve as the Deputy Director for Research and Operations of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at The Annenberg School for Communication, working closely with CGCS's Director in the development, implementation, and coordination of research, networking and training initiatives globally.

  • Project management: Manage international research programs, including serving as the point of contact with funding agencies; developing and maintaining relationships with partners; overseeing and managing project progress (identifying and hiring consultants; developing a program workplan and ensuring adherence to timeline and deliverables); working with the CGCS Grants Coordinator and Director to ensure compliance with federal and university regulations, monitor budget and adjust activities as necessary; write and/or edit final programmatic reports.
  • Supervise staff: Serve as Staff Director, including direct supervision of Center administrative staff, Annenberg Research Assistants, student workers, and other temporary staff, and manage all administrative support activities of the Center.
  • Communications, Publications and Outreach: engage in outreach activities with internal Annenberg School/Penn and external constituencies in order to develop partnerships and programs, and to generate knowledge and share resources that advance the missions of the Annenberg School and the University of Pennsylvania. Develop opportunities for graduate students; and encourage and support capacity-building for global communications research and practice among centers and individuals. Outreach activities include assisting with the development of international/comparative media programs and programs related to the offerings of the Annenberg School. Organize, coordinate, and facilitate summer programs, workshops, conferences and other activities related to international or comparative media and communication study, research and scholarship. Coordinate with media programs in London, Budapest and other elements of a CGCS network; write concept papers, proposals for funding sources and program ideas; travel (both domestic and international) and conduct research as necessary.
  • Fundraising: Participate in fundraising including identifying funding opportunities, and preparing grant proposals.
  • Work closely with the Director on all aspects of the Center's operations, including developing a budget and annual strategic plan of action for the Center.

To apply for the job, click here. For questions and other inquiries, please contact Laura S. Henderson at


The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication is offering an internship opportunity to qualified candidates who are looking to gain experience and knowledge in the field of international comparative media law and policy. This internship is open to students, recent grads, and early professionals interested in global communication issues and media development. The internship will be paid at a rate of $11/hour.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the CGCS staff with research, writing and editing reports, copyediting book chapters and other studies.
  •  Compiling the Center's weekly newsletter and other correspondence, as well as editing news analysis for the Iran Media Program.
  • Creating and editing announcements for the Center's other activities.
  • Creating blog posts, editing and updating the CGCS blog. Assisting with website and social network maintenance.
  • Conference planning and support, helping book hotels and airfare, creating information packets, tracking conference participants, etc.
  • Creating and maintaining excel files for expenses and finances. Executing minor administrative tasks as needed.


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a Bachelors degree.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with research tools, such as Lexis-Nexis, JSTOR, etc.
  • Strong writing and editing abilities.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail. CGCS cannot sponsor visas for this internship.
  • Applicants need to have authorization to work in the U.S..

For questions and inquiries, please contact Laura S. Henderson at lsh@asc.upenn.eduAPPLY HERE by August 1st.



CGCS's visiting scholars program provides opportunities for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and young faculty members to further their academic careers and participate in the intellectual life of the Annenberg School. If you are interested in contacting one of our current visiting scholars, or are interested in visiting CGCS, please contact us.

Visiting scholar applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, however, we recommend these general deadlines for applying for the following academic year:
For a stay beginning in the Fall semester: January 1 
For a stay beginning in the Spring semester: April 1
Applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a case by case basis.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to: Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or by phone at (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD). 



Hoping to encourage discussion about and spread awareness of international communication issues, the Center for Global Communication Studies is developing a blog. We would like to invite media policy experts, media professionals, CGCS affiliates and friends to contribute pieces discussing various issues regarding international media law and policy, such as access to information, censorship issues, policies concerning information and communication technology, as well as policies that encourage media development and transparent governance. 

For more information about the blog and to express interest in becoming a contributor, please e-mail Florentina Dragulescu at 

CGCS and Internews publish report on Syria

The Center for Global Communication Studies, in collaboration with Internews’ Center for Innovation & Learning publish Deciphering User-Generated Content in Transitional Societies: A Syria Coverage Case Study.

The study was authored by Juliette Harkin, Kevin Anderson, Libby Morgan, Briar Smith, Helena Nassif, and Dalia Othman.

This pilot study looks at how two prominent Arab-language news organizations, BBC Arabic and Al Jazeera Arabic, have used social media and user-generated content (UGC) – photos and videos taken by members of the public – to provide coverage of the uprising in Syria. 

Coverage of the uprising in Syria has posed unique challenges for journalists, with the Syrian governmenttightly controlling access by foreign journalists. Internally, the Syrian media is characterized by a state-controlled media sector and by nominally private media outlets that have mostly fallen in line with the regime during the uprising. However, the regime’s narrative has been countered by an explosion of social media that focus on getting information out of Syria and sharing information within Syria. Social networking sites are also being used as a site of intellectual contestation and opposition to the government.

To read the full report, click here

Annenberg’s Iran Media Program publishes National Web Studies: Mapping Iran Online

Annenberg’s Iran Media Program publishes National Web Studies: Mapping Iran Online

Research conducted by Richard Rogers, Esther Weltevrede, Sabine Niederer and Erik Borra of the University of Amsterdam

This work offers an approach to conceptualizing, demarcating and analyzing a national web. Instead of defining a priori the types of websites to be included in a national web, the approach put forward here makes use of web devices (platforms and engines) that purport to provide (ranked) lists of URLs relevant to a particu­lar country. Once gathered in such a manner, the websites are studied for their properties, following certain of the common measures (such as responsive­ness and page age), and repurposing them to speak in terms of the health of a national web: Are sites lively, or neglected? The case study in question is Iran, which is special for the degree of Internet censorship under­taken by the state. Despite the widespread censorship, we have found a highly responsive Iranian web. We also report on the relationship between blockage, responsiveness and freshness, i.e., whether blocked sites are still up, and also whether they have been re­cently updated. Blocked yet blogging portions of the Iranian web show strong indications of an active Inter­net censorship circumvention culture. In seeking to answer, additionally, whether censorship has killed content, a textual analysis shows continued use of language considered critical by the regime, thereby in­dicating a dearth of self-censorship, at least for websites that are recommended by the leading Iranian platform, Balatarin. The study concludes with the implications of the approach put forward for national web studies, including a description of the benefits of a national web health index.

To read the full report, click here

Evaluation of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries: USIP PeaceWorks Publication

October 2011

Evaluating Media Interventions in Conflict Countries: Toward Developing Common Principles and a Community of Practice (a USIP PeaceWorks report) is the result of an ongoing discussion among media development practitioners, donors and academics about the importance of monitoring and evaluation of media programs, particularly in conflict countries. 

The report emerged from discussions held in December 2010 in Caux, Switzerland, convened by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, CGCS, Fondation Hirondelle, Internews Network, and USIP. The goal was to develop a shared set of approaches and best practices--the "Caux Principles"--for identifying the role that media and information programs can and do play in conflict and post conflict countries. 

The partners hope that the Caux Principles represent just afirst step in establishing an open and inclusive community of practice dedicated to improving evaluation in order to better inform future programs and ultimately better serve the vulnerable populations which these programs seek to aid.  


Deflecting the CNN Effect: Journal article published by Annenberg PhD student and CGCS Director

August 2011

CGCS Director Monroe Price and Annenberg PhD student Lauren Kogen co-authored an article in the August 2011 issue of Media, War and Conflict, an international, peer-reviewed journal that maps the shifting arena of war, conflict and terrorism and its intersections with the media. 

In the article, "Deflecting the CNN Effect: Public Opinion Polling and Livingstonian Outcomes," the authors draw upon polling experience in Darfur to examine whether the analysis and dissemination of public opinion polling can help shift public debate and reframe an issue that has been strongly influenced by CNN-like mediated activities. 

“Radio In a Box”: Psyops, Afghanistan and the Aesthetics of the Low-Tech

June 23, 2011

In a post on the USC Center on Public Diplomacy's blog, Monroe Price and Lieutenant Sam Jacobson discuss the 'psyops', or 'psychological operations', and RIAB, the "Radio in a Box" technique used by the U.S. military to improve communications between the Afghan National Army and the public. Lieutenant Jacobson describes his on-the-ground experience distributing low-tech portable radios to locals and producing content to allow the Afghan army to communicate with the people, providing news, music, and important information.

Click here for the discussion.

CIMA Report by Annenberg Fellow Ellen Hume

January 24, 2011

Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at Central European University, has released a new report with CIMA, Caught in the Middle: Central and Eastern European Journalism at a Crossroads. Journalists in Central and Eastern Europe are struggling to hold on to the gains they made in the first two decades after communism. Ethical journalists in this region face a triple threat: a backsliding against the 1990s democratic reforms, a global Internet-driven erosion of the media business model, and the continuing world economic crisis that is exposing the fragility of democratic institutions. This report examines the state of independent news media in Central and Eastern Europe 20 years after the fall of communism. The report is available for download from the CIMA website.

CGCS Director Monroe Price Interview with Modern Communication

January 13, 2011

CGCS Director Monroe Price was interviewed by former CGCS Visiting Scholar Professor Long Yun for the December 2010 edition of Modern Communication, the journal of the Communication University of China.  In the interview they discuss the development of global communication, differences in communication research between China and the US, and Professor Price's networking abilities.  The interview is available in Chinese and English.

CGCS Director Monroe Price discusses WikiLeaks

January 3, 2011

CCGS Director Monroe Price recorded a brief talk about WikiLeaks for the ICCD/Internews Internet, Media and Law conference taking place in Bangkok, Thailand January 6-7, 2011.  The video is available from the Annenberg YouTube channel.

Professor Price also blogged about WikiLeaks on the Huffington Post in a post titled "Battening Down the Hatches, Circling the Wagons: The WikiLeak Effect on the Public Diplomacy of Internet Advocacy".

PCMLP and Stanhope publish report on China's growing influence in Africa

December 15, 2010

China in Africa: A new approach to media development? (November 2010)

CGCS partners PCMLP and the Stanhope Centre have published a new report addressing China’s growing influence in Africa’s communications sector and its implications on the prevailing approaches to media assistance and media development in Africa and beyond. The report is the result of a conversation among scholars from Africa, China, and Europe who gathered for a workshop in Oxford in June 2010 to build a common research agenda and to develop an innovative and multi-actor approach to studying the transformations experienced by media systems in an increasingly multi-polar world.  For more information please visit the PCMLP and Stanhope websites.


Former Visiting Scholar Rob McMahon Publishes Research Project

December 14, 2010

Rob McMahon, CGCS Spring 2010 Visiting Scholar and graduate student at Simon Fraser University, has published a research project on First Nations and Inuit broadband development with Richard Smith (Simon Fraser University) and Susan O'Donnell (University of New Brunswick), along with some First Nations research partners, inspired in part by the research on indigenous broadband development in Canada/U.S. that he did while visiting CGCS.  Putting the 'Last-Mile' First: Re-framing Broadband Development in First Nations and Inuit Communities is available online.

His research group has also started a 'First Mile' website and the 'First Mile Connectivity Consortium' as an outcome of the report.

Annenberg student Chris Ali on Center for Social Media blog

October 20, 2010

Annenberg PhD student Christopher Ali has a new guest post at the Center for Social Media blog, part of American University's School of Communication.  He discusses his research on the public participation efforts of three government agencies through the lense of public media and examines the Obama administration's 2009 Open Government Initiative.  For the full post click here.

Interview with Monroe Price in the Chinese Journal of Communication

September 21, 2010

Monroe Price responded to questions from Professor Jack Linchuan Qiu and colleagues at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong in the September 2010 issue of the Chinese Journal of Communication.  The full interview is available here.

Internet at Liberty 2010 Conference

September 2, 2010

CGCS's partner the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) will hold a conference to explore creative ways to address the boundaries of online free expression; the complex relationship among technology, economic growth and human rights; ways in which dissidents and governments are using the internet; the role of internet intermediaries; and pressing policy and legal issues such as privacy and cybersecurity.  Co-sponsored by Google and Central European University, the conference will take place September 20-22 in Budapest and will bring together grassroots global activists alongside representatives of NGOs, academic centers, governments and corporations.

Due to limited venue capacity, Internet at Liberty 2010 is by invitation only and spaces are limited. If you know of someone who might be interested in attending, please ask them to request an invitation by emailing with some information about what they do and why they would like to attend.

For more information please visit the CMCS website.

Workshop of Media Ethics and Law

August 27, 2010

The Workshop of Media Ethics and Law opened in Tsinghua University the morning of August 22, 2010. The workshop was organized by the Chinese Association of Global Communication in collaboration with UNESCO, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Social Policy of Oxford University and the US-China Education Trust. More than 70 participants came from over 40 universities and media organizations, including international scholars from Spain, France, Estonia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Prof. Chen Changfeng, Vice President of Chinese Association of Global Communication and keynote speeches were given by Mr. Mogens Schmidt, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO and Prof. Clifford Christians, Professor of Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A full list of speakers and more details can be found here.

CIMA and CGCS publish Evaluating the Evaluators report

August 3, 2010

CGCS and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) are pleased to release a new report, Evaluating the Evaluators: Media Freedom Indexes and What They Measure. All over the world, studies that rank countries by media freedom figure prominently in civil liberties debates, aid programming, foreign policy decisions, and academic research. Evaluating the Evaluators: Media Freedom Indexes and What They Measure examines the strengths and shortcomings of existing media freedom indexes and offers recommendations to improve them. In view of the breadth and depth of these studies, the report recommends that organizations that evaluate press freedom continue to refine their methodology by increasing technical sophistication, cultural neutrality, and transparency and that they incorporate digital media into their evaluations. The report, by John Burgess, a former Washington Post reporter and editor who specializes in international affairs and technology, is based on a collection of academic papers on this subject submitted to the Annenberg School for Communication.

To request a hard copy of the report please contact CGCS at or 215-898-9727.

New Post by Monroe Price at USC Center on Public Diplomacy blog

August 3, 2010

"The Battle over Internet Regulatory Paradigms: An Intensifying Area for Public Diplomacy", Monroe Price's most recent post for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, can be found here.

Interview with Monroe Price in IE University alumni magazine

July 20, 2010

Monroe Price was interviewed in the Summer 2010 issue of the IE University alumni magazine by Dean Samuel Martin-Barbero of the IE School of Communication.  Read the full interview on global political communication here.

Annenberg Faculty to Help Launch Health Communication Program at Chinese University

June 7, 2010

Renmin University in Beijing will begin a health communication program with help from faculty and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

A Summer Institute for Health Communication Studies will take place at Renmin University June 28 – July 14. During that time faculty from Annenberg will lead classroom sessions on a variety of health communication subjects. The participants will include junior faculty members and advanced graduate students from selected Chinese universities.

More information and the full press release is available from the Annenberg website.

Mediatized India: Publics, Policy, and Politics of Media Visibility

May 11, 2010

Spring 2010 CGCS Visiting Scholar Sahana Udupa's article, "Mediatized India: Publics, Policy, and Politics of Media Visibility", part of the India in Transition series hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies of India, is now available online.

2010 Milton Wolf Seminar Report

May 5, 2010

The 2010 Milton Wolf Seminar Report, by Annenberg PhD student Felicity Duncan is now available.

More information about the Milton Wolf Seminar is available here.

CGCS Director Monroe E. Price publishes memoir

Objects of Remembrance is a reflection on the power of American assimilation and opportunity in the face of persisting refugee realities. Like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Monroe Price recounts the continuing impact of European identities as families, cast from their homes by the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, struggle to find their way in a new and challenging environment.

“An intimate and provocative meditation on Jewish life between the old and the new world.” Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader

The book is available for purchase on


CGCS and the Nieman Lab launch website on NGOs and the News

The Center for Global Communication Studies is pleased to announce the launch of an online essay series on NGOs and the News: Exploring a Changing Communications Landscape.

The series, produced in collaboration with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, seeks to explore the increasing activity of civil society actors such as NGOs and advocacy networks and in the news media sphere,

Each week, for the next three months, we will feature a new essay on the subject.  

We invite you to join in the discussion and encourage others to do so as well. Please visit the essay site to read the essays and post comments. If you are interested in contributing an essay, please contact CGCS.

Report on Media and Election Violence in Kenya and Somaliland

September 10, 2009

This report explores media policy during periods of post-election violence through the cases of Kenya and Somaliland.

It is part of a larger project on information flows in the internationally unrecognized Republic of Somaliland.  Somaliland's presidential elections have been postponed a number of times, most recently from September 2009. In the contentious political environment, the media will have an important role in either exacerbating or alleviating political violence. Through an examination of the case of Kenya, where 1,133 people were killed after the 2007 elections, the report seeks to distill lessons for media policy in Somaliland in advance of the elections.

Read the report.

Ellen Hume named Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media

June 19, 2009

Ellen Hume is the new Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media in the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS).

In this role, Ms. Hume will be based at the Central European University’s Center for Media and Communications Studies (CMCS) in Budapest, Hungary, where she will continue her civic media work and participate in research projects the two institutions undertake.

Read more.

Video: Chinese Internet Research Conference

CIRC participants discuss their perspectives on free speech and Internet in China

The Annenberg School for Communication in Philadelphia recently hosted the 7th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference. Discussing free speech and access on the web, several scholars attending the conference sat down before a camera and shared their perspectives.

Primer on News Media Law and Policy Published

April 2009

In April, 2009, the Jordan Media Strengthening Program published a comprehensive overview of the laws, policies, institutions and practices governing news media in Jordan. The report, available in English and Arabic, represents the culmination of the JMSP's work in Jordan over the past three years. Read the May 1, 2009 story from the Jordan Times.

Jordan Media Strengthening Program signs MoU with Yarmouk University

October 2008

With the assistance of the Center for Global Communication Studies, USAID’s Jordan Media Strengthening Programme (IREX) will provide technical assistance to Yarmouk University for the development of a media law course to be offered to students starting in the next academic year. Read the October 27, 2008 story from the Jordan Times.

CGCS Director Monroe E. Price featured in the Pennsylvania Gazette

May 2007

CGCS Director Monroe E. Price featured in the May/June 2007 issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette.