Civic Media

Institution(s): Emerson College

Discipline(s): Media Studies

Faculty Member(s): Russell Newman

Keyword(s): Citizenship, Civic Media, Digital Media, Participatory Politics

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This class will not only explore the various goals campaigns are using digital tools to meet, but will also focus on what type of citizen these tools are enabling and encouraging people to become. We will look at academic research surrounding citizenship and engagement in a digital era and cover research into many genres of civic media, from citizen journalism to hackathons. Additionally, it will focus on questions of design: how best can we, as media creators, encourage certain behaviors? What type of citizens are we building when we make design choices?