Stanhope Centre For Communications Policy Research Paper

The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy has cultivated a global network of partners through joint research and initiatives.

PCMLP is partner and coordinator of the Media Laws blog.

The Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is our close partner. PCMLP regularly hosts Annenberg PhD students, organizes an annual An-Ox summer school in media policy and is developing other research projects such as an An-Ox working paper series.

Another partner that we work closely with is the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) which is based at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.  CMCS has emerged as a centre of excellence for promoting media and communication studies throughout central and eastern Europe.

PCMLP collaborates with the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research on research projects and events. Ongoing and recent projects include research on information flows in Somaliland and public opinion research in Darfur.

PCMLP is very grateful for the support of several other organisations, including:

Please visit the links to the right for more information about two key international initiatives run by PCMLP: the Price Media Law Moot Court Porgramme and the An-Ox Media Policy Summer Institute.

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) is a research center located within the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. CGCS serves as a research hub for students and scholars worldwide studying comparative communication studies, media law, and media policy. The center also provides consulting and advisory assistance to academic centers, non-governmental organizations, regulators, lawyers, and governments throughout the world.[1]

CGCS works to improve research on media and communication by creating an extensive network of communication scholars, media lawyers, policymakers, and civil society actors who are committed to improving media systems through academic collaboration.[2] CGCS experiments with ways to improve media and communications law and policy using this network of communication actors; by creating research opportunities for graduate and Ph.D. students; by offering opportunities for international collaboration for Annenberg faculty; by producing and supporting research publications, books, and working papers on media issues; by providing international media assistance through contracts with federal agencies, international counterparts, and foundations.[3]

CGCS draws on various disciplines including media studies, law, political science, and international relations to explore public policy issues in diverse regions across the globe. The scholarship at CGCS particularly deals with the way media and globalization intersect with the changing nature of states.[4]

CGCS's visiting scholars program provides opportunities for Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and young faculty members to further their academic careers, share their insights and expertise with Penn students and faculty, and participate in the intellectual life of the Annenberg School.[5] Among other subjects, CGCS Visiting Scholars have studied contemporary experiences of mass media in the Middle East, the growth of information and state power in southern Africa, media ethics in the context of civil war, and the economic integration of technology – particularly mobile communications in economically developing countries.[6] Since its inception, CGCS has hosted more than 60 visiting scholars from countries including China, England, France, Germany, Jordan, India, Senegal, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Cote d’Ivore, South Africa, and Turkey.[7]

CGCS is directed by Monroe Price, who also serves as the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law. He has been referred to as “the most networked man in the world” by his colleagues.[8]

The CGCS Network[edit]

Oxford University, Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP)

Since its inception, CGCS has been working with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.[9] The Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute, an intensive two-week summer program on media law and policy, arose out of this partnership in 2004.[10] Since that time it has been held each year to bring together talented young researchers and regulators from different parts of the world to discuss innovations in information and communication technologies, changing geopolitical environments, and how these political, technological, and social revolutions are transforming media policy.[11] Past Institutes have dealt with issues such as “Internet regulation, Net Neutrality, and Mobile technologies”, “Global Media Policy and New Themes in Media Regulation”, and "Media Governance and Strategic Communication in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments".[12]

Since 2008, CGCS has also partnered with PCMLP for the Annual Monroe Price International Moot Court Competition.[13] The competition brings together young law students and media scholars to learn how to argue a case in front of a panel of international judges who come from diverse legal systems and policy environments.[14] The competition aims to expand and stimulate an interest in comparative media law and policy among young international scholars. The moot court is held in Oxford, but has since evolved to include regional moot court competitions, the first of which took place in Delhi, India in 2010.[15]

Center for Media,Data and Society at Central European University.

CGCS partners with CMDS at the Central European University to organize workshops, webinars, conferences, and workshops, as well as an annual summer school program.[16]

In July 2010, CGCS held an international summer school titled “Media, Democratization and International Development: Understanding and Implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Programs.” The course had a greater focus than in past years on developing practical, hands-on skills in monitoring and evaluation, with particular attention to the role of radio as a medium for development goals.[17]

In 2011 the course was held again under the title “Communication Policy Advocacy, Technology, and Online Freedom of Expression: a Toolkit for Media Development.”[18]

CGCS and CMCS also offer a two-year Annenberg Post-Doctoral Fellowship In Global Communication Studies.[19]

Other Partners

Media Development and Capacity-Building Projects[edit]

Part of the mission of CGCS is to work in a development capacity and also to undertake important research related to comparative or international communication scholarship. To meet this goal, CGCS regularly responds to calls for proposals from funders to institute capacity-building and research projects on global media law and policy.[20]

Current Projects:

  • Afghanistan: USAID proposal for Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project. (with Internews Network, Nai Supporting Open Media, etc.).[21] This program works to build legal capacity in Afghanistan through trainings with Afghan lawyers, media professionals, students, and professors.[22]
  • Bosnia: USAID proposal for Bosnia-Herzegovina Strengthening Independent Media (with Internews).[23]
  • The Iran Media Program is a collaborative research network that works to explore Iran’s “media ecology”.[24]

Other current and past projects Include:

  • Jordan Media Strengthening Program (2006–2011)[25]
  • "Researching Attitudes Towards Peace and Conflict in Darfur": Survey Research in Darfur to help understand the conflict in the region, its causes, and its effects. (2009–2011)[26]
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, “A Review Of The New Law On Transparency In Mexico And The Federal Agency Encharged With Reviewing Decisions Made Under The Law By The Public Federal Administration.”[27]
  • World Bank Institute grant for consulting work on “Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability: A public interest approach to policy, law, and regulation” published by UMichigan Press in Spring 2008.[28]
  • Executive Course in Communication and Governance Reform (World Bank and USC Annenberg)[29]
  • The Annual Milton Wolf Seminar Series – aims to deal with developing issues in diplomacy and journalism (The American Austrian Foundation)[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^"About CGCS". CGCS Website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^"MONROE PRICE, SUSAN ABBOTT, LIBBY MORGAN, LAUREN KOGEN, AND IGINIO GAGLIARDONE". Media Research Hub. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^"About CGCS". CGCS Website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^"News from the Center for Global Communication Studies"(PDF). CGCS. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^"CGCS visiting Scholars". CGCS website. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  6. ^"Q&A with CGCS Visiting Scholar Carla Ganito"(PDF). CGCS website. 
  7. ^"Visiting Scholars from China on Annenberg". Youtube. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  8. ^"Across the Borderline". The Penn Gazette. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  9. ^"About Us". PCMLP. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^"2011 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute". Communicationsspace. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  11. ^"The 2011 Annenberg/Oxford Summer Institute". PCMLP. 
  12. ^"Call for Applications for 2011 Media Policy Fellowships". Internews. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  13. ^"Annenberg/Oxford Summer Institute". Stanhope Centre. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  14. ^"The Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition of March 2009". Youtube. 
  15. ^"The Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition". Price Moot Court Website. 
  16. ^"CGCS Network". CGCS Website. Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. 
  17. ^"Summer School 2009: Media, Democratization and International Development". ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School. 
  18. ^"Communication Policy Advocacy, Technology, and Online Freedom of Expression: a Toolkit for Media Development". Internews. Archived from the original on 2011-03-17. 
  19. ^"Research Fellowships at the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CEU". CGCS Website. 
  20. ^"CGCS Projects". CGCS Website. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  21. ^"Annenberg visits the Middle East". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  22. ^"Annenberg helping Afghanistan to develop a more effective media". Penn and Wharton Club of Michigan. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  23. ^"Strengthening Independent Media in Bosnia". CGCS Projects. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  24. ^"Iran Media Program". Iran Media Program. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  25. ^"Jordan Media Strengthening Program". CGCS Website. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  26. ^"Sudan: Public Opinion Research in Darfur". CGCS Projects. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  27. ^"A Report for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation"(PDF). CGCS. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  28. ^"Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability". World Bank Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  29. ^"World Bank-Annenberg Executive Course in Communication and Governance Reform". World Bank, Communication for Governance and Accountability Program. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  30. ^"Milton Wolf Seminar 2011 Essay Contest". American Austrian Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. 

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