International Center for Media & the Public Agenda

Knight Hall: Home to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism & ICMPA

College Park, Maryland: The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA), established in 2006, is a Washington, D.C.-area research center based at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and affiliated with the School of Public Policy, both at the University of Maryland, College Park.

ICMPA takes as its focus the study of global media and public policy; its projects investigate media’s roles and responsibilities in public consideration of political issues.

Recent ICMPA research projects have included: 

  • 24 Hours: Unplugged, a parallel study to this one, about how U.S. college students use media. 
  • PrezPix, an election study of US media’s photographic coverage of the 2012 US presidential election and primaries.
  • (RE)framing Islam: Who’s Winning?, a study of how news outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom covered five years of presidential and parliamentary elections:  in 2010 and 2005 in Iraq, in 2009 in Afghanistan and Iran, and in 2008 in Pakistan.
  • Global Coverage of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’, conducted in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a study of how major news outlets across the globe covered the Park51 news story over a six-month period, from May-October 2010.

ICMPA Staff:

    • Jad Melki: Research Director, ICMPA; assistant professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the American University of Beirut (AUB); and faculty member of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Salzburg, Austria, 2007.
    • Paul Mihailidis: Director of Media Education Initiatives, ICMPA; assistant professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at the School of Communication at Hofstra University; and Director, Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Salzburg, Austria.
    • Susan Moeller: Director, ICMPA; Professor of Media and International Affairs in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland; an affiliated faculty member at the School of Public Policy; and co-founder and former faculty chair of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Salzburg, Austria.
    • Deborah Nelson: Director of Journalism Initiatives, ICMPA; and Director, Carnegie Seminar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.

  • EunRyung Chung: Research Assistant, ICMPA, and PhD candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.
  • Mihee Kim: Research Assistant, ICMPA, and PhD candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.