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Communication Studies Awards and Achievements

Communication professor and Center for Social Media co-director heads the Fair Use and Free Speech research project at the Center, in conjunction with Prof. Peter Jaszi in American University's Washington College of Law.

Fair Use Expert

Communication professor and Center for Social Media co-director heads the Fair Use and Free Speech research project at the Center, in conjunction with Prof. Peter Jaszi in American University's Washington College of Law.

Professor Nisbet's Shorenstein Paper Gets Attention

Professor Matthew Nisbet spent fall 2012 in Cambridge, Mass., for a research fellowship at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. The result is his Shorenstein paper, which discusses the influence of journalists as public intellectuals on today's most pressing social issues and trends. It sparked discussion in The New York Times and Forbes.

SOC Jan Lauren Boyles PhD student

PhD Student Boyles Named one of First Google Journalism Fellows

SOC PhD student Jan Lauren Boyles was selected as one of first Google Journalism Fellows. She will be hosted at Pew Research Center's Excellence in Journalism Project. Read more

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Latin Pulse

Professor Rick Rockwell is partnering with students and staff in MPC to produce a podcast, Latin Pulse, in partnership with LinkTV. Listen now

Patricia Aufderheide, director, Center for Social Media

The Chronicle Writes About Prof's Fair Use Work

The Chronicle recently wrote an article about SOC's own Professor Aufderheide's work with the Center for Social Media in developing the Association of Research Libraries, a code of best practices of fair use for academic and research libraries. Read more

Kathryn Montgomery, professor of communication

Quoted in NY Times

Professor Kathryn Montgomery tells The New York Times Business Day that food marketing now woven into fabric of kids' lives. Read more

AUTV's Tech tAUk SOC Faculty, Students

A special episode of AUTV's "Tech tAUk" focused on the AU Social Media Club's Social Learning Summit.  The show featured interviews and appearances with several SOC students and faculty members including Alex Priest, Scott Talan, and Caty Borum Chatoo.

SOC Collaboration Film Featured on The Franklin Institute Home Page

The SOC collaborative film Hawk Nest is featured on The Franklin Institute’s home page. Several FMA students were involved with professor Maggie Stogner in the effort of the film, including Aditi Desai as producer, alum Mike Hyde as editor and Irene Mafagan as narrator. Watch video

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Prof. Brannon's work at Chicago International Music and Movies Festival

The Chicago International Music and Movies Festival  will be screening two pieces produced and directed by Prof Kylos Brannon on April 16. "So Damn High (Will Eastman Remix)" was commissioned by Kindercore Records and was crewed entirely by SOC students. The song was remixed by popular DC DJ Will Eastman  and shot at DC's famed 930 Club. The second piece is "An Impression: Dischord Records" a short format documentary that was co-produced and co-directed along with Prof Leena Jayaswal in 2004. The film briefly tells the history of DC staple underground record label, Dischord Records.

Professor Quoted in Washington Post

Professor Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, recently told the Washington Post that according to the center's study on documentary filmmaking and ethics, filmmakers believe they have an obligation to protect their subjects from themselves.  The obligation"is something that the filmmaker really needs to think about, whether it's a parent or a professional," Aufderheide said, in reference to the debate swirling around films for which parents are the filmmakers and children are the subjects.  Read more

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Students, Project featured in New York Times article

American University students involved in the project “Growing up in the Shadow of 9/11" were featured in a New York Times article as well as the their project.
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Alumni Connect on Local Talk Show

Professor Steve Piacente was interviewed by fellow AU alumna Natasha Barrett about his novel Bella on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live. Watch clip