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Welcome to your Journalism, Technology and Democracy Institute in Arizona, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. We at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are delighted to host you on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University. You are about to embark on a remarkable American adventure that will serve as an opportunity for professional and personal growth.

This website contains information about the program, the campus and the Phoenix metro area, as well as useful tips and details about travel, health, and safety. It will also host your own content after you arrive and begin documenting your experiences here in Arizona.

Please check back frequently, as we will be updating the site with academic materials, opportunities for recreational and cultural enrichment ideas to pursue during your free time, and any changes to the schedule that might arise along the way.

This year’s visiting scholars are blogging about their studies and their adventures. You can follow along at journalismtechnologydemocracy.org.

There will be a full on-site orientation on the first day of the Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism, Technology and Democracy (Monday, June 3, 2019), but here is some basic information to get you started.


You will receive a draft schedule in mid-May, approximately two weeks before your arrival in the United States.

Please plan to arrive in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, June 2. Aside from a few planned excursions, you will remain in the Valley of the Sun until the study tour begins on Saturday, June 29. The tour will include travel to Los Angeles, California, and Birmingham, Alabama, and will end in Washington, D.C. You will depart for home on Sunday, July 14.


Your cohort for the 2019 SUSI on Journalism, Technology and Democracy features 18 scholars from around the world. The program includes:

  • Sessions with Cronkite School faculty and distinguished guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Cultural activities
  • Individual research projects
  • Travel to American cities and regions significant in the history of the U.S. press and democracy

The Cronkite School’s SUSI Team has worked hard to plan this program and make all necessary arrangements. During your time here, they will serve as your cultural ambassadors while you learn about the intersection of journalism, technology and democracy in the United States. Your comfort, health and safety are their top priority.

The Cronkite School is located on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, in the heart of the U.S’s fifth largest city. You will be staying in Taylor Place, located directly across the street from the Cronkite School building.

Goals and Objectives

The Institute is designed to provide scholars with a deeper understanding of the evolving role of journalism in providing the news and information citizens need to support democracy. The Institute explores ways technology is changing journalism, with a special focus on how social media enables both dialogue and the proliferation of misinformation. The Institute also will provide insight into the ethical practice of journalism in the digital age and emerging practices that support news literacy among citizens.

The program examines journalism’s role in American democracy, both historically and today. This includes exploring journalism as a means of civic conversation that fuels public decision-making. Sessions will reflect on current and emerging technology and how it impacts newsgathering, ethics and information presentation. Special attention will be paid to the emergence of misinformation and disinformation through social platforms, and ways that journalism organizations elevate awareness of trusted sources of information. Through the study tour, the program examines journalism in American social movements (particularly the Civil Rights Movement) and connects that history to current events.

Program Goals and Objectives

This program has been designed to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Introduce you to the fundamental principles of journalism in the United States, particularly the role of journalism as the “fourth estate” in American democracy.
  • Offer opportunities to visit functioning newsrooms in a variety of media (print, television, news, online) and market contexts, including meeting the journalists and editors who produce the news.
  • Examine current issues related to media literacy and challenges posed by communication technology.
  • Explore new and emerging technologies that are changing the shape of today’s information environment, and reflect on the implications of these technologies for journalism, education and democratic processes.
  • Offer opportunities for you to practice using some of these technologies to deepen your understanding.
  • Introduce you to U.S. democratic institutions and the people who work in them, including members of the political press.
  • Provide you with an understanding of journalism and media education in the United States, curricular concerns, instructional strategies and assessment techniques.


Your immersion in the topic of Journalism, Technology and Democracy will take place through a variety of speakers, workshops and field trips. Throughout your program, Academic Director Dawn Gilpin, program staff, Cronkite faculty, and local and national experts will meet with you to help contextualize information gained from the readings and speakers. This is a nonpartisan and interdisciplinary program aimed at deepening your understanding of the principles of journalism and how these intersect with contemporary technologies and democratic institutions.

Your learning will be enhanced by field trips and excursions. Within Arizona, these will consist of site visits to working newsrooms, visits to the Arizona State Capitol and Phoenix City Hall, as well as cultural excursions to the Heard Museum of American Indian Art, an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, and day trips to the Grand Canyon and the southern U.S.-Mexico border region near the city of Nogales.

In Los Angeles, you will experience a very different news context, including sports reporting. In Alabama, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the American Civil Rights movement, including the key role played by specialized and local media outlets in advancing the movement’s cause. Finally, in Washington, D.C., you will visit major national news organizations and take in some of the cultural offerings of the nation’s Capital.


Each weekly session of the Institute is organized around a particular theme or topic area. Readings will be assigned to enhance your understanding of the subject matter and provide you with valuable background. A detailed syllabus will be posted soon; please check back frequently.

Individual research project

During your time in the U.S., you will be expected to prepare a focused research project relating to the theme of the Institute and your own interests and needs.

On the final day of the program in Phoenix, you will submit a five-page (double-spaced) literature review on a topic of your choosing. This may represent the first stage of an academic study, groundwork for a course to be taught at your home institution, or another project to be completed after your return. You will present your work during the research period in Phoenix on Friday, June 28.

During the Institute, you will have full access to Arizona State University’s extensive library holdings, and a limited amount of time each week to pursue your research and catch up on assigned readings. Academic Director Dawn Gilpin will be available to work with you to fine-tune your topic idea, identify appropriate reference materials and direct you to resources or faculty members who can assist you. We will go into more detail about your projects during your orientation on the first day of the program in Phoenix.

Educational study tour

During your time in Phoenix, you will participate in a number of field trips both locally and throughout the state. These will offer cultural context and the opportunity to talk with experts throughout Phoenix, the Grand Canyon and at the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales.

The nationwide Educational Study Tour will build on the Arizona program by taking you to Los Angeles, Calif. and Birmingham, Ala., before concluding in Washington, D.C.

Scholars will spend four nights in Los Angeles to experience news in the largest West Coast market, including sports and entertainment media. There also will be a focus on the role of the press in American Westward expansion.

Next, the group will spend six nights — including Independence Day celebrations — in Alabama studying the rich history of the American Civil Rights movement and the role of the press in the battle for social justice.

Finally, the program will conclude with five nights in Washington, D.C., for a national perspective on journalism and democracy. Visits will include:

  • U.S. Capitol
  • National Public Radio
  • The Washington Post
  • Smithsonian Museums of American cultural history

You will also have some free time and thus the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic sights and monuments in the United States.

Unless otherwise noted, all program sessions will take place at the Cronkite School

Sunday, June 2: Move-in day! (Taylor Place, downtown Phoenix)

Monday, June 3: Orientation (Cronkite School & ASU Downtown Campus)
Evening: Welcome dinner

Session 1: June 4-7
Trusted News and Media Literacy
Dr. Kristy Roschke, Session Leader

Monday, June 3: Orientation (Cronkite School & ASU Downtown Campus)
Evening: Welcome dinner

Tuesday, June 4: The threat of “fake news”

Wednesday, June 5: Building media literacy

Thursday, June 6: Healthy information communities

Friday, June 7: The future of news (tour of Phoenix newsrooms)

Saturday, June 8: Group trip to Grand Canyon

Sunday, June 9: Free Day

Session 2: June 10-14
Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Technology
Retha Hill, Session Leader

Monday, June 10: Evaluating the past and hacking the future

Tuesday, June 11: XR (Extended Reality): A newer way to tell stories

Wednesday, June 12: More new tools: From AR to news games

Thursday, June 13: Journopreneurs: Thinking outside the box to create a news or media startup

Friday, June 14: Practicing entrepreneurial journalism

Saturday, June 15 (afternoon): Volunteering with Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)

Sunday, June 16: Free Day (Recommended optional excursion to Heard Museum)

Session 3: June 17-21
Government and the Press
Dan Barr, Session Leader

Monday, June 17: Power, authority, and the press in the United States

Tuesday, June 18: The press and the legal system (Cronkite School + external lunch)

Wednesday, June 19: State government and the press (Arizona State Capitol + Cronkite School)

Thursday, June 20: Privacy and social media

Friday, June 21: A visit to Phoenix City Hall

Saturday, June 22: Group trip to the U.S./Mexico border at Nogales

Sunday, June 23 (afternoon): Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants baseball game at Chase Field

Session 4: June 24-28
The Power of Pedagogy
Dr. Marianne Barrett, Session Leader

Monday, June 24: Principles of pedagogy and higher education (ASU Tempe campus)

Tuesday, June 25: How students learn

Wednesday, June 26: The teaching hospital

Thursday, June 27: Online and distance learning
Evening: Group potluck at the home of Dr. Amish Shah

Friday, June 28: Wrapping it all up

Study Tour: June 29-July 13

Saturday, June 29: Depart for Los Angeles

Sunday, June 30: Guided tour of Autry Museum. (Recommended optional hike to Griffith Observatory)

Monday, July 1: Free day to explore the Los Angeles area

Tuesday, July 2: Electoral polling and reporting on polls (University of Southern California)

Wednesday, July 3: Travel day to Birmingham, Alabama

Thursday, July 4: Independence Day in the Birmingham Civil Rights District
Evening: Fireworks at Vulcan Park and Museum

Friday, July 5: African-American Media and Democracy

Saturday, July 6: Group trip to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery

Sunday, July 7: Free day, or optional excursion to Cheaha State Park

Monday, July 8: Free day

Tuesday, July 9: Travel to Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, July 10: National news organizations

Thursday, July 11: Newseum and program wrap-up

Friday, July 12: State Department briefing and free time to explore

Saturday, July 13: Smithsonian Institute museums

Sunday, July 14: Scholars depart for home

Session 1: June 4-9
Trusted News and Media Literacy
Dr. Kristy Roschke, Session Leader

The Science of Fake News, Science

The Fight Against Disinformation in the U.S.: A Landscape Analysis, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy

Allcott, H., & Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social media and fake news in the 2016 election. Journal of economic perspectives31(2), 211-36. (PDF)

Pennycook, G., & Rand, D. G. (2018). Lazy, not biased: Susceptibility to partisan fake news is better explained by lack of reasoning than by motivated reasoning. Cognition. (PDF)

Nyhan, B., Porter, E., Reifler, J., & Wood, T. J. (2019). Taking Fact-checks Literally But Not Seriously? The Effects of Journalistic Fact-checking on Factual Beliefs and Candidate Favorability. Political Behavior, 1-22. (PDF)

I’ve reported on misinformation for over a year. Here’s what I’ve learned. International Fact-Checking Network, Poynter.

How the public, news sources and journalists think about the news in three communities, Cronkite School’s News Co/Lab and Moody College of Communication’s Center for Media Engagement

A first look at our community surveys, Cronkite School’s News Co/Lab and Moody College of Communication’s Center for Media Engagement

Indicators of News Media Trust, Knight Foundation

Mihailidis, P. (2009). Beyond cynicism: Media education and civic learning outcomes in the university. International Journal of Media and Learning1(3), 1-13. (PDF)

Journalists can change the way they build stories to create organic news fluency, American Press Institute

The Oxygen of Amplification, Data & Society

5 Lessons for Reporting in an Age of Disinformation, First Draft

Session 2: June 10-14
Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Technology
Retha Hill, Session Leader

How to Make J-School Matter (Again), by Amy Webb

Five Facts About the State of the News Media in 2017, by Michael Barthel, Pew Research Center

Hispanic and African American News Media Fact Sheet

The Modern News Consumer: News Attitudes and Practices in the Digital Era

Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First-Person Experience of News, by Nonny de la Pena

Game Design: 8 Forms of Fun

Amway Journalism, By Corey Pein

The Flare and Focus of Successful Futurists by Amy Webb

The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Are Tomorrow’s Mainstream, by Amy Webb

Session 3: June 17-21
Government and the Press
Dan Barr, Session Leader

Assigned portions of the U.S. and Arizona constitutions

Make No Law, by Anthony Lewis

Seminal First Amendment cases, including: New York Times v. Sullivan (1964); New York Times v. U.S. (1971; Pentagon Papers case); Texas v. Johnson (1989; flag burning case); and Whitney v. California (1927; Brandeis dissent).

Excerpts from Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life by Helen Nissenbaum (2009), Stanford University Press.

Session 4: June 24-28
The Power of Pedagogy
Dr. Marianne Barrett, Session Leader

“Rethinking the Future of Higher Education: Interview with ASU President Michael Crow” (July 11, 2018)

Innovating Pedagogy 2019

Reed, S. (in press). Practice makes perfect? A longitudinal study of experiential learning in sports journalism. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication.

Innovating Pedagogy 2019

“7 Unique Characteristics of Generation Z,” 2018, Oxford Royale Academy

Chen, P.-L., Chung, D. S., Crane, A., Hlavach, L., Pierce, J., & Viall, E. K. (2001). Pedagogy under Construction: Learning to Teach Collaboratively. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 56(2), 25–42. (PDF)

Peirce, K. L., & Martinez, G. D. (2012). How We Learn to Teach: Trial by Fire, by the Seat of our Pants, and Other (More Scientific) Methods. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 67(2), 134–144. (PDF)

Callahan, C. and Downie, L. (2018) “Why Universities Like ASU Are Producing Investigative Journalism, Not Just Teaching It” azcentral, Aug. 26.

Downie, L. and Schudson, M. (2009) The Reconstruction of American Journalism, Columbia Journalism Review, November/December

Newton, E. “The ‘Teaching Hospital’—A Goal for Journalism Education, The New America Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Anderson, C.W., Smith, J., Rothfeld, M., Glaisyer, T. (2011). Shaping 21st Century Journalism: Leveraging a "Teaching Hospital Model" in Journalism Education. Issuelab.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Walck, P. E., Cruikshank, S. A., & Kalyango, Y. (2015). Mobile Learning: Rethinking the Future of Journalism Practice and Pedagogy. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 70(3), 235–250. (PDF)

Study Tour: June 29-July 13

“The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” by Frederick Jackson Turner (1893).

“Frederick Jackson Turner Overlooked the Ladies,” by Glenda Riley (1993). (PDF)

Excerpts from Rhizomatic West: Representing the American West in a Transnational, Global, Media Age (2008), University of Nebraska Press. (PDF)

Friedman, B. & Richardson, J. (2008). “A national disgrace”: Newspaper coverage of the 1963 Birmingham campaign in the South and beyond. Journalism History, 33(4), pp. 224-232. (PDF)

Ross, S.D. (1998). “Their rising voices”: A study of civil rights, social movements, and advertising in The New York Times. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 75(3), pp. 518-34 (PDF).

Here are some questions we anticipate you might have as you prepare for your trip to the United States.

Can I have packages shipped to me during the program, such as from an online retailer?
Yes, but make sure those packages will arrive between June 3 and June 28. Any packages that arrive after your departure will be returned to sender.

Do not have anything sent to you before you are assigned a room number at Taylor Place. Once you have been assigned a room, you may have mail delivered to you directly at the following address:

Your name
120 E.Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Can I see my friends or family in the U.S. during my visit?
Of course we want you to take advantage of your time here and see any friends or family who might be living in the United States. However, participants are not permitted to leave the group, and must participate in all program activities. We therefore have included a couple of free days in the schedule to accommodate possible visits. These dates are June 9, in Phoenix, and July 7, in Birmingham.

Unfortunately, friends and family are not allowed to stay with you at Taylor Place. If you do receive visitors during your stay, you are required to stay in Phoenix. If you have friends or family who live in or near Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., they are welcome to visit you during the free time there, but you are obligated to stay in the group hotel and may not host overnight guests in your room. Thank you for understanding and observing the program requirements.

Do I need to bring formal dress for any occasions?
For sessions at the Cronkite School, business casual attire is fine. You should bring more formal business attire for select meetings in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Washington. You do not need to bring your national dress unless you wish to. The only real opportunities to wear such dress are the welcome dinner and the State Department debriefing session. Any color attire is acceptable.

What is the weather like? What kind of clothes should I pack?
Please see the section “Downtown Phoenix and Beyond.” The weather will be very hot during most of your stay, although you may find it cool indoors. It is unlikely to rain in Phoenix, but the weather is more variable in other parts of the country. You should bring plenty of sunscreen.

Do I need to bring a credit card to the U.S.? What happens if I don’t have one?
You do not need to have a credit card. Sometimes people want to make purchases online, change their airline ticket, or buy Skype credit for family members, and these transactions will require a credit card. If you do not need to do any of these things, you will be fine without one. Please be aware that ASU has a strict policy that prohibits faculty and staff from lending you their cards.

Where can I keep valuable belongings such as my money, passport, laptop, etc.?
There are no safes in rooms at Taylor Place, but the rooms are very secure. There is no problem with leaving your laptop on your desk or bed in your room. We do recommend that you keep your money and passport in your suitcase while it is in your room, also for your own peace of mind.

Do I need to bring money to pay for meals in the U.S.?
Arrangements have been made for a meal plan at Taylor Place, and there are some group meals planned. We will also provide you with some cash to spend on incidentals such as casual meals out or groceries during your stay. You will have access to a small kitchen at Taylor Place if you wish to occasionally prepare some of your own food. Extra money will only be needed if you decide you want to frequently dine at more expensive restaurants.

The Cronkite School is located on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Phoenix is America’s fifth largest city with over 1.7 million people (only New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston are larger). The greater metropolitan area, known as the Valley of the Sun, stretches over 500 square miles. The city has a lively arts and culture scene and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

However, it is important that you take precautions when spending time outdoors in the summer months, since daily high temperatures average around 105°F/40°C, and can be much higher. (The record high of 122°F/50°C was set on June 26, 1990—but you’re unlikely to experience anything quite that extreme during your visit!)

Our facility is just 12 years old and is considered the most digitally sophisticated in the nation, with two TV studios, a large radio studio, 14 digital newsrooms and computer labs, 280 digital student work stations, the Cronkite Theater, the First Amendment Forum and a gallery that displays artifacts tracing the history of journalism. We are within walking distance of The Arizona Republic (one of the nation’s largest metro dailies), azcentral.com (one of the largest news websites), and the local network TV affiliates of NBC and FOX. Arizona PBS (Channel Eight), a public broadcasting service station for Arizona, is also housed in the Cronkite School building and reaches nearly two million households each week.

Downtown Phoenix has a few distinct neighborhoods, each with a very different character and even architectural style. Just south of the Cronkite School is the business district, with tall office buildings, international business hotels, and restaurants that cater to nearby office employees. A few blocks north is the Roosevelt Arts district, populated with cafes and restaurants, galleries and craft shops, and the location of First Friday celebrations. On the first Friday of every month, the streets are closed to traffic and filled with vendor booths for locally produced art, handcrafted items and performers.

International and air travel have become increasingly difficult in recent years. Though we hope you will have a smooth experience, please be prepared for extensive security procedures. U.S. government entry procedures require that your photograph and fingerprints be taken upon entry into the U.S. If you have specific questions about this aspect of your trip, please be sure to speak with your contact at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Here are some important websites that may prepare you:

This page covers important health and safety information for your stay in the United States. Program staff will go over this information in more detail during your orientation in Phoenix, but we recommend that you review it before your departure.

What to do in an emergency

On your arrival in Phoenix, you will be given a very basic phone that will allow calls within the United States and an Emergency Contact card that will have the cell phone numbers for your program team, other participants, and emergency numbers. We recommend that you keep this card with you at all times during your stay.

If you need urgent attention from the Police, Fire Department, or an Ambulance: Dial 9-1-1

Call 9-1-1 for emergency services if you find yourself in trouble, see a crime in progress, or witness a fire or accident. This is a free call from any phone, including pay phones. Try to stay calm and explain to the operator what happened. If you are the victim of a crime, no matter how minor, it is best to report it to the police.

There may be operators available who speak your native language, so let them know if you would be more comfortable that way.

ASU Campus Police: Dial (480) 965-3456

Each campus at Arizona State University has a dedicated police force that can help you if you need assistance. Only dial this number if you are on the Downtown Phoenix campus, and if you do not need an ambulance or fire truck.

Health Information

Please let a member of your program team know immediately if you do not feel well for any reason. It’s important to us that you stay healthy so you can enjoy your program and make the most of your stay.

Common Health Problems

Jet lag and adjusting to a new climate can lead to fatigue, as well as headaches or other physical symptoms.

The program is intensive and makes a lot of demands on you, but please try to take care of your health during this time. In particular, make sure you get enough sleep and drink lots of water: the heat and sun of a Phoenix summer can be a difficult adjustment.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is provided through the U.S. State Department for all illnesses that start during the program. It is important that you have health insurance, since the U.S. does not have a nationalized health care system.

In the event of a non-emergency medical situation, please call Alma. She will arrange your care at a local clinic. You will pay a $25 “co-pay” for each medical appointment. There are a number of clinics and health services on or near campus. Please speak with Alma if you feel you need to make an appointment with a doctor.

In the event of a life-threatening emergency or severe accident, ask someone to call 9-1-1, state your location and what is causing the emergency, then call Alma. When calling 911, expect an ambulance to be dispatched to assist you. Please note that the emergency room is to be used only in the case of a true emergency. There are a number of hospitals available in central Phoenix. There is a $75 co-pay for any emergency room visit.

Personal Safety

Your safety is our top concern. Please read this section carefully.

Cash and Valuables

The dorms and hotels where you will be staying during your program and study tour are generally very safe, but it’s always best to take precautions. It’s fine to leave your laptop on your bed or desk, but always lock the door to your room. We also recommend that you store your passport and any cash in your locked suitcase at all times.

The program cannot replace your per diem if it is lost, stolen, or spent in advance. We recommend that you carry only as much cash with you as you will need each day, keeping the rest locked in your suitcase in your dorm or hotel room.

Do not leave your personal items (purse, backpack, laptop, phone, etc.) unattended in public spaces such as the library or classroom.

Personal safety

ASU is dedicated to the safety and well-being of everyone on campus, and offers a variety of resources. Please familiarize yourself with these options before your arrival.

Officers cannot be everywhere, however, so the following are some helpful guidelines:

  • >Always be alert and walk with confidence. Know where you are going and how to get there. Whenever possible plan your route ahead of time or get directions from someone you trust.
  • Be aware of who and what is around you. Trust your instincts and leave uncomfortable situations.
  • At night, walk on well-lit, busy streets and try to be with another person. Avoid isolated areas such as parks, allies, etc.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers or hitchhike. This may be normal in other countries but not the practice in Phoenix and most places in the United States.
  • Please do not share cell phone numbers or any other private information with strangers.
  • Phoenix is a major urban center, with all the advantages and risks that entails. Please use common sense.
  • Be aware of changes in altitude and heat: Protect your body, drink water, eat healthy food, get enough sleep and always have extra clothing layers.
  • Do not put metal into the microwave in your dorm or in hotels.

Additional information

Tobacco Products: You must be 18 years or older to purchase or use tobacco products in the U.S. Smoking is not allowed in Arizona State University dorms or anywhere on the campus. It is also not allowed in most restaurants, hotels, and stores in the United States.

Alcohol: It is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to possess, purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. It is against university policy to have alcohol in your dorm room if anyone in the room is under 21.

While you are not forbidden from drinking alcohol during your free time if you are over 21 years of age, please drink responsibly.


Joanna Azar

Joanna Azar


Joanna Azar, Ph.D., is a Lebanese journalist, university instructor and media consultant.

Azar’s experience as a news reporter includes covering events from all over Lebanon. Through her experience as a journalist and media consultant, she has gained valuable knowledge of the different media outlets in her country.

She was awarded her Ph.D. in media sociology by the social sciences department at the Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences at USEK University in 2014. Azar has eight years of teaching experience in several Lebanese universities — namely, the Lebanese German University, Notre Dame University, Antonine University, Fouad Shehab Command and Staff College (Lebanese Army) and the Lebanese Canadian University. She designed curriculum and delivered a wide array of specialized courses.

Azar is also a contributor for several local and international non-governmental organizations. She works in Lebanon as an evaluation and research consultant, conducting qualitative and quantitative research on different programs.

Research topic:

Journalism, media, digital literacy and diversity education. This research can pave the way to rethink media in Lebanon. She intends to design her own course that promotes inclusive media literacy education. The course is inspired by the core principles of media literacy education in the United States, taking into consideration the specificity of the Lebanese media model with Lebanese examples and case studies.

Dinesh Balliah

Dinesh Balliah

South Africa

Dinesh Baliah is a historian by training, but has found herself teaching at the intersection of the humanities and technology since she started her professional career at Wits University in 2001. She is currently the head of the career-entry program at Wits Journalism where she shapes young journalists of the future. The students’ work can be found at www.witsvuvuzela.com.

Baliah is an editorial board member of the recently-launched Newzroom Afrika news channel, a public advocate on the South African Press Council and a board member of the Health-e News Agency.

She is working on a doctorate in journalism and media studies with a project that probes the shifts in journalism practice through technology.

In her spare time, Baliah hikes as many trails as she can find.

Research topic:

Approaches in teaching journalism, as the profession itself continues to decline. This potential topic aligns with her doctoral research on the shifts of journalism as a practice.

Alibek Begalinov

Alibek Begalinov


Alibek Begalinov holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. In 2012, he gained a master’s degree in culturology. In 2013, he entered the graduate school of the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University and defended a dissertation on the topic: "Social and philosophical analysis of media education." In 2015, Begalinov became a candidate of Philosophical Sciences of the Russian Federation. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in Kazakhstan.

Begalinov has 13 years of professional experience working for a television channel. From 2006 to 2013, he worked at Khabar TV agency as a journalist and editor of various TV programs and news production. He was a journalist and editor of special programs and the author of several documentaries on Khabar TV channel. He worked as the executive producer and creator of Turan-TV (2013-2015) and editor and producer of Almaty (2015-2017). Since 2018, he has worked as a content producer of the Voxball project.

In 2016, he opened the Almaty Nomad Travel Club Public Association where he is currently a head producer. As a part of the NGO, he implemented a number of major projects: “Glory to the winners!” (2016, Mir, Almaty and El- Arna TV channels), “On the Great Silk Road. Pearls of Uzbekistan” (2017, Turan-TV, the Steppe news portal), “Tugan Zher: Great heritage of Kazakhstan” (2018, Turan-TV, the portals Tengri Mix, Tenrgi Travel, Tengri News) and the project "Through the Road" (2018-2019, the TV channel "Present Time” “Radio Liberty”).

In addition, he works as a senior lecturer at the International IT University and the International University of Business.

Research topic:

The goal for the future is to develop journalistic and pedagogical skills, to prepare a number of highly qualified and competitive young journalists for Kazakhstani media and know how to work in a legal society.

Sumon Francis Gomes

Sumon Francis Gomes


Sumon Francis Gomes built his career in community radio broadcasting. His professional specialization as a development journalist grew from thorough training and more than 12 years in both international and national development organizations.

Gomes started his career in the Bangla Service of Radio Veritas Asia as a producer. This Philippines-based broadcasting organization was the pioneer of community radio programs in Asia. In 2009, Rupantar, a national development organization and expert organization in the community radio sector, appointed him as an expert to coordinate community learning programs (as a joint initiative with Commonwealth of Learning) in seven community radio stations in Bangladesh. He also served as the media consultant for JICA under PEDP 3 to develop an educational program through radio for 15 months. Gomes worked in developing the USAID-funded project of Plan International, where he facilitated community radio stations to develop a series on protecting human rights.

Currently, Gomes works at Orbis International, developing radio programming on eye health care to educate primarily women and girls. He oversees an exchange program between Bangladesh and Nepal to increase the capacity of community radio programs between these two nations.

Gomes is a master’s degree student in development studies at BRAC University. He pursued post-graduation from Press Institute of Bangladesh from National University in journalism. Gomes was awarded a fellowship for E-facilitation Skills and E-learning Moodle Development course from the Commonwealth of Learning. He will participate for six weeks online with a weeklong training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on New Media from International Centre for Journalists.

Gomes dedicated his career to improving the role of community radio stations with the intention of utilizing these for the socio-economic development of the community and involvement in mainstream development.

Research topic:

The impact of radio programming and how effective it is at involving the community with mainstream development.

Yurii Havrylets

Yurii Havrylets


Yurii Havrylets, Ph.D., is an assistant professor with the Institute of Journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (TSNUK).

His journalistic experience includes working as a presenter at Radio Era-FM for over three years (2005-2008) and a news journalist at TV channel 24 for two years (2008-2009).

In 2013, Havrylets completed his Ph.D. in the media effects of TV news. Since then, he has worked as a researcher and (since 2018) an assistant professor at the Institute of Journalism, TSNUK. His research focuses on international, conflict-sensitive journalism and the ways to overcome potential biases in broadcasting conflicting issues.

Havrylets’ professional interests lie in the field of data-related and scientific journalism. He has created university courses for master’s degree students on international journalism, statistics and media metrics and strategic communication.

Research topic:

Data journalism and new ways of teaching journalism in the digital era.

Meta Kong

Meta Kong


Meta Kong is a graduate student in media management from Royal University of Phnom Penh. She served as the Cambodian communication assistant on a project conducted by Australian Broadcasting Corporation International Development.

Kong worked as a journalist for the Phnom Penh Post in 2016, where she covered women, children and social issues and governance. During her work with The Post, Kong won regional awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia on her coverage related to women’s rights, human rights and culture. Kong works as a freelance journalist, pursuing her passion and holding authority representatives accountable.

Together, with a group of Cambodian journalists, Kong collects information and conducts research for a possible project: to establish an independent online news startup.

Research Topic:

Quality and independent journalism. In Cambodia, independent journalism does not exist, as much of local media is biased to the ruling party or government. In such context, research would include how the public could get quality information and utilize it to better participate and hold those in power accountable.

Väino Koorberg

Väino Koorberg


Väino Koorberg works as freelance media expert and guest lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies in the University of Tartu, Estonia, where he received his master’s degree in journalism.

After graduation, Koorberg launched his career in Tartu as a news reporter and quickly worked his way to the top. After successfully starting two weekly newspapers, he was asked to join the team of Õhtuleht, a daily paper in Tallinn, as deputy editor-in-chief. Only a year later, he became editor-in-chief. After a merger with Sõnumileht, Õhtuleht grew from the fourth-biggest daily paper into the biggest and most successful. The company now publishes two newspapers, Õhtuleht and Linnaleht, which both have news portals in Estonian and Russian, plus a number of magazines.

After serving nearly 17 years as editor-in-chief and a member of the management board, Koorberg left the company at the end of 2016 and now concentrates on media consulting and training. As a practitioner, he teaches a graduate level course on editing and creative writing. Having a background with Pressinõukogu (the Estonian media ethics board), the Estonian Newspaper Association and Estonian Academic Society of Journalism, he also makes use of his experience and competence by hosting a weekly talk show, "Regarding the state of the media," for Estonia’s biggest private radio station, Kuku Raadio.

Research topic:

Course development and teaching skills; potentially gathering material for a book on editing in Estonian.

Cristiane Lindemann

Cristiane Lindemann


Cristane Lindemann is a professor and subhead of the Department of Social Communication at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (UNISC). Her field of expertise is journalism.

Her main research interests are digital journalism, media convergence, digital literacy and media, based on North American, Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian references. She is also a researcher at both UNISC and the Editing, Culture, and Design Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, registered at the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

Research topic:

Journalism and innovation

Andreea Mogoș

Andreea Mogoș


Andreea Mogoș, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the Journalism and Digital Media Department at the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since 1998. She has a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in sociology.

She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Babes-Bolyai University and a Ph.D. in information and communication sciences at Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis with a thesis on the media representations of Romanians in the French daily newspapers. She obtained her habilitation degree in 2016, with the thesis, “Traditional and new media representations. From a socially constructed reality to a filtered and quantified reality.”

Her research interests include media representations and the social construction of reality, image and visualization analysis, media genres and their transformation.

She is currently serving her second term as the associate dean for student affairs, international relations and promotion strategies.

Research topic:

Visual and textual representations of major events and social media analysis, such as engagement rates for particular post types, visual discourse on social media.

Ganchimeg Namsrai

Ganchimeg Namsrai


Ganchimeg Namsrai is a sociologist and media researcher. She began her career in the media sector as a researcher at the Press Institute of Mongolia, later becoming a senior research specialist and head of the research and information department.

She worked as a team member and team leader in more than 30 media research projects, including the series of monitoring studies on the Mongolian media landscape, the media ownership monitor and several nationwide opinion poll studies on media audience preferences and behaviors. Additionally, she teaches several courses, such as Methodology of Media Studies and Using Social Media.

Namsrai is currently working as a researcher for “Monitoring on the Freedom of Expressions, Precisely Safety of Journalists in Mongolia.” The monitoring is included under the project, “Promoting Human and Labor Rights through the Generalized Scheme on Preferences of Plus.” It is implemented by Democracy Reporting International, funded by the European Union.

She wants to specialize in social media and disinformation, digital literacy, fact-checking and data journalism.

Research topic:

The study of social media users’ behavior, as well as the current and future impacts of social media. Additionally, research will include how to comprehend disinformation and misinformation on social media — these are in its early stages of development in Mongolia.

Basil Hamusokwe

Basil Hamusokwe


Basil Hamusokwe, Ph.D., is a lecturer and head of media and communication studies at the University of Zambia, where his expertise is political economy within media. Hamusokwe is also a media consultant for government as well as private local and international organizations. His main research interests include the political economy, media policy and media histories.

Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Nga

Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Nga


Nga Nguyen is currently a lecturer of journalism in the Social Sciences and Humanities School at Vinh University. She also manages the Young Reporters Club at her university, where journalism students meet each other once a month, exchange knowledge and practice skills in communication field.

Her research interests include digital journalism, journalism culture of Vietnam and other countries, communication about gender, development trends of journalism and media, press law and ethics.

She strongly believes that knowledge is used for further knowledge and skills, and that is how she encourages her students to achieve their career goals.

Research topic:

Journalism commercialization in Vietnam as a history and trend. Research includes sex education on digital newspapers in Vietnam, particularly gender prejudice and cultural exchange in the era of globalization.

Shree Ram Paudel

Shree Ram Paudel


Shree Ram Paudel is a lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Nepal's oldest and largest university. He's taught broadcast journalism, new media and convergent journalism to graduate and undergraduate students since 2003. In addition to teaching, Paudel is a freelance journalist for the past two decades. He also served as the digital media editor of My Republica and news editor at Radio Nagarik for two years, and worked as joint editor for British Forces Broadcasting Radio Service for six years. He completed a Master of Philosophy in Public Administration and is now pursuing his PhD.

Grisel Salazar

Grisel Salazar


Grisel Salazar is an associate professor in the journalism program at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) (National Center for Research and Teaching in Economics) in Mexico City, where she is in charge of the Research Seminar on Press and Politics.

Her work examines the relationship between media and politics. Her research analyzes how governmental strategies of control (i.e. advertisement expenditures, libel laws or open repression) affects the contents of the press. Salazar finds that particular configurations of both societal and institutional constraints can mediate the effects of governmental attempts to silence criticism. Her work has been published by The International Journal of Press/Politics, Foro Internacional, Política y Gobierno, Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales and Colombia Internacional, among others.

She is a member of the System of National Researchers, sponsored by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology, and a part of Mexico’s work team for Worlds of Journalism Study.

Research topic:

The relationship between executives and the media, focusing on disinformation and smear campaigns.

Luís António Santos

Luís António Santos


Luis Antonio Santos, Ph.D., has been a journalist for more than a decade with experiences in Portuguese national newspapers, radio, TV and the BBC World Service.

Santos holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Universidade do Minho and an M.S. in International Politics of Asia and Africa from SOAS, University of London.

He is currently an assistant professor in journalism at Universidade do Minho and member of the Communication and Society Research Centre, with interests in both journalism production — from newsroom adaptation to digital contexts to innovative sound formats — and the broader framing of media production— media regulation, press subsidies and media conglomerates.

Santos is a regular commentator on Portuguese media-related topics in multiple media outlets and holds a permanent commentator position with Renascença, Portugal's biggest radio group.

Research topic:

The purpose of the institute, along with potentially studying voice-activated devices, journalism or newsroom roles and production routines.

Shailendra Bahadur Singh

Shailendra Bahadur Singh


Shailendra Singh, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer and head of journalism at the University of the South Pacific.

He has written about Pacific media, politics and development, both as a journalist and academic. Singh was the editor of the award-winning Fiji news and business magazine, The Review; Pacific Business magazine; content editor of Fijilive.com; associate editor of Daily Post; and Inter Press Service correspondent.

Singh graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in 2016. His thesis on conflict reporting investigated allegations that traditional journalism frameworks fuel conflicts by focusing on the manifestations of conflict while eschewing complex socio-economic explanations.

Research topic:

The spheres of social media legislation and the impact on journalism, media freedom and conflict reporting in the Melanesian context.

Bess Wang

Bess Wang

Hong Kong

Dr. Wang Yue (Bess) is a senior lecturer at the School of Communication for Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching courses including globalization, youth and media, and data journalism. She worked for three years as a reporter and editor in China before she left to earn her Ph.D. with a focus on journalists’ cultural authority from the School of Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also earned a Master of Philosophy in Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the City University of Hong Kong.

Program staff

Daniel Barr

Daniel Barr

Media Attorney at Perkins Coie

Dan Barr is a partner in the law firm Perkins Cole specializing in Litigation practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in the area of civil litigation involving constitutional, employment, media and political law issues. He represents several news media organizations, including the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, and is the chair of the Phoenix office's Pro Bono Committee.

Marianne Barrett

Marianne Barrett, Ph.D.

Louise Solheim Professor

Marianne Barrett brought her experiences as an ESPN programming executive to the Cronkite School when she joined the faculty in 1994. Barrett, whose research focuses on audience loyalty, media management, economics and policy, was awarded NATPE Faculty Development Grants in 1999 and 2017 and was named a Frank Stanton Fellow by the International Radio and Television Society in 2002 for her “outstanding contributions to electronic media education.” She was named the Louise Solheim Professor of Journalism in 2006 and was an associate dean and later senior associate dean from 2005-2017. She teaches graduate and undergraduate media research classes and the school’s Principles and History of Journalism course.

Janet Coats

Janet Coats

Senior Project Manager/Research and Grants

Janet Coats will be program leader for Institute tours in Alabama and Washington, D.C. She is the Senior Project Manager/Research and Grants at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In this role, she identifies grant opportunities and works with Cronkite faculty to prepare successful funding proposals. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Coats ran her own consulting firm focused on journalism leadership and editorial strategy. Her firm worked largely with U.S. public media in individual newsrooms and through journalism collaborations. She was a reporter and editor for 25 years, and served as executive editor of multimedia newsrooms in Tampa and Sarasota, Fla., from 1997 to 2010. Coats also was dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute. She served as a Pulitzer Prize juror five times, including as chair of the Public Service and Investigative Reporting juries.

Dawn Gilpin

Dawn R. Gilpin, Ph.D.

Academic Director

The Academic Director for this Institute is the Cronkite School’s Dr. Dawn Gilpin. As an associate professor, Dr. Gilpin’s work focuses on media systems and their role in constructing collective identity and power dynamics in a variety of cultural and subcultural contexts. Her current research direction explores mediated networks, with particular emphasis on intersections of media, political and social institutions, and public policy. In 2014, Dr. Gilpin co-directed a summer study abroad program with Dr. Silcock (see below) in Europe. She played an active role in the State Department-funded grant involving the Cronkite School, ASU’s Center for Religion and Conflict and Punjab University, and frequently speaks to and delivers workshops for journalists and practitioners from all over the world on topics such as social media for media professionals and news organizations, data security and privacy, diversity and inclusion practices, and others.

Retha Hill

Retha Hill

New Media Innovation Lab Director

Retha Hill helps students push the limits in digital storytelling. After a semester in the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, her students can create video games, mobile applications and 3D scenes for virtual reality – all to help newsrooms tell stories in new ways. Hill, the award-winning executive director of the Lab, is a leader in both innovation and entrepreneurship. Hill joined the ASU faculty in 2007 after eight years at BET, where she was vice president for content for BET Interactive. Before joining BET, Hill was executive producer for special projects at washingtonpost.com.

Kristy Roschke

Kristy Roschke, Ph.D.

News Co/Lab Managing Director

Kristy Roschke is managing director of the News Co/Lab, an initiative aimed at helping people better understand how news works, at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has a Ph.D. in journalism with a focus on media literacy from ASU. Roschke has taught journalism, digital media production and media literacy courses at the high school and university level for more than 15 years. She previously served as executive director of KJZZ’s SPOT 127 Youth Media Center, a community initiative of the Phoenix NPR member station that mentors and empowers the next-generation of digital storytellers.

Alma Telibecirevic

Alma Telibecirevic

Administrative Director

Alma is an alumna of the U.S. State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, which brought her to the Cronkite School in 2013. She is an expert in communication, public relations, marketing, event planning, program management, internal and external operational liaisons, database management and reporting. Previously, Alma worked as the Events Officer/Manager at the European Union Informational Center (EUIC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Her years of experience in project management, organizing high level events, and public relations management make her a key asset to the Institute.

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