As part of the Center for Media and Communication Studies - CMCS's informal Media and Change Discussion Series at CEU, this upcoming Wednesday Senior CMCS Fellow Markos Kounalakis will lead a discussion on the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections. We will look at the increasingly important role of social media, its impact on traditional journalism, and what the world can expect to see on November 6th. Join us on Wednesday October 31 at 12:45pm in room N11 004!
Markos Kounalakis is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Markos is a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. He has written three books, “Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton” (1993), “Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism” (co-author, 1999), and “Hope is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era” (2008). He is President and Publisher Emeritus of the Washington Monthly. He served as Chairman of Internews Network (2002-2004), and amongst other positions serves on the Board of Visitors at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and the Board of Advisors at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.
The aim of CMCS's Media and Change Discussion Series is to create a regular space within CEU for reflection and informal discussion about media policies, perils, potentials, and practices, as well as to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and researchers interested in the media and communication issues to meet. As history shows, the right to free expression is hard to gain, easy to lose, and a struggle to keep. Today we have reached a critical moment in time when governments that wish to control the spread of information and individuals using a variety of old and new technologies to promote change are becoming increasingly sophisticated and strategic as they confront each other around the world. These challenges, alongside the future of journalism; the role of media on our daily lives, in social change and public culture; and how media policy, civil society and technology intermediaries shape these experiences, are what we look to discuss through this series.