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March 9, 2015 - Fundamental press freedoms are on decline all over the world, but the need for in-depth reporting on issues remains high.

Special Edition with Professor Steven Livingston on ICTs

February 19, 2015 - Professor Steven Livingston explains information communication technology and his research into how they are applied in areas of

Why President Obama is Taking Interviews with YouTube Stars

Media Minute discusses the relevance and necessity of the various media platforms President Obama has appeared on to reach the American public.

Charlie Hebdo and Journalism Ethics

January 23, 2015 - In the wake of the terrorist attack on journalists at Charlie Hebdo, news outlets each had to determine whether or not to publish the images of the Prophet Mohammed that the terrorists cited as the cause of the attack--a decision that brought into question journalism ethics and free speech.

SMPA faculty offered their voices to the conversation:

Facebook and News

December 3, 2014 - With Facebook changing its algorithm to bring custom news to its users, how do we bring news to people so that they are a truly informed public?

Millenials and News Consumption

November 20, 2014 - Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) make up the next generation of news consumers and they majority view their news on a phone or a tablet. How will this effect how news is produced?

Native Advertising

November 13, 2014 - What's a real story and what's an ad? This Media Minute digs into native advertising's increasing presence in media.

Want more on this topic? Read "The New York Times" article, "Journalism, independent and not."

Trust in Media

November 7, 2014 - Gallup Politics released a report on "trust in the media." This Media Minute digs into the stats for a discussion on media bias and why news organizations should be more transparent.Tell us your thoughts at #mediaminute on Twitter.

Ebola and Crisis Communication

Clearly this is a case of proportionality.
November 1, 2014Has the media coverage of the Ebola crisis been irresponsible? What constitutes proportional coverage given the global, medical, institutional implications of the Ebola virus? Tell us your thoughts at #mediaminute on Twitter.


More information, more quickly than ever before.

October 29, 2014 - News organizations from CNN to USA TODAY are using the new tool Dataminr to scan the twittersphere for news ledes. Will this change how stories and what stories are reported? Tell us your thoughts at #mediaminute on Twitter.


They've been fearless, they've been everywhere.

October 20, 2014 - Ratings in television news have been down across the board, but VICE News is breaking new ground with new format and content delivery. Is it the future of news?

Russian Media

Bad times become worse times for Russian media.

October 10, 2014 - Freedom House says the Russian press is "Not Free." A new bill in the Russian parliament may limit foreign ownership in a news organization to 20%. What are the possible implications to the Russian media if that bill passes?

Reporting in Conflict Zones

"Syria has been the most dangerous country in the world for journalists for more than two years."

October 2, 2014 - Frank Sesno talks about the dangers of reporting in conflict zones and also why this type of reporting is necessary.

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The School of Media and Public Affairs teaches and studies journalism, mass communication and political communication.  Frank Sesno is Director of the School and a former CNN anchor and DC Bureau Chief.  Read his full bio.

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