Project Director: Lead Author/Editor
- Dr. Susan Moeller supervised ‘the world Unplugged‘ research study. Prof. Moeller is Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and Professor of Media and International Affairs at the Merrill College and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Moeller co-founded the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Austria. She has taught at Brandeis and Princeton, was a Fulbright professor in Pakistan and Thailand, and has been a fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Moeller’s latest book is Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit. Other books include Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death and Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat. Moeller received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and her B.A. from Yale. In 2008, she was named a Carnegie Scholar, as well as a Teacher of the Year by the State of Maryland Board of Regents.
- Stine Eckert is a Ph.D. student in journalism studies at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She earned her M.S. in journalism from Ohio University after studying journalism and American Studies at Leipzig University, Germany. She has worked as a reporter and producer for Leipzig-based radio station Mephisto 97.6 and as a.m. editor for Message, a national German journal on media criticism. She also worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for WOUB radio and television and producer for Al Jazeera English. Her research interests include online journalism, international news and media systems.
- Sergei Golitsinski is a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has a degree in Journalism from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and two master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa: M.A. in communication and M.S. in computer science. His research is focused on applying computational approaches to problems in communication, journalism and media studies.
- Michael Koliska is a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He worked as a radio reporter for the last 10 years in Germany, the United States and China. He has a M.A. degree in Sociology and English from Magdeburg’s Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany, where he worked for a private radio station, a local newspaper and then Germany’s largest broadcast network. He then joined an NPR affiliate in Illinois as news anchor/reporter while pursuing a M.S. in Journalism at the University of Illinois. His latest assignment was as editor for China Radio International in Beijing, China.
- Soo-Kwang (Klive) Oh is a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with an M.A. in Journalism and earned his B.A. in English Language and Literature at Korea University. He worked as an overseas marketer at Samsung Electronics. At Missouri, he worked at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, creating online content and utilizing social media tools for communication. His research interest includes online journalism, audience studies and media roles.
- Elia Powers is a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He is a journalist who has covered everything from higher education to the arts to sports. His primary research interest is media pedagogy — particularly the ways in which schools can effectively teach media/news literacy courses to students across disciplines.
- Jessica Roberts is a Ph.D. candidate in Journalism Studies at the Philip Merrill College at the University of Maryland. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a reporter at the Santiago Times in Chile, the Santa Monica Daily Press in California, and the Cape Times in South Africa. Her research interests include citizen journalism and ethics.
International Faculty Research Directors
- ARGENTINA: Mag. Jorge Liotti is Director of the School of Journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). Please see here for more information.
- CHILE: Prof. Julia Eugenia Martinez is Profesora de Multimedia of the Faculty of Communications at the School of Journalism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Please see here for more information.
- CHINA – CHONGQING UNIVERSITY: Prof. Ma Shengrong is Dean of the College of Literature and Journalism at Chongqing University. Dean Ma was assisted by Dong Menghang, a graduate student in the College of Literature and Journalism. Please see here for more information.
- CHINA – CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG: Prof. Clement Y. K. So is Director, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Please see here for more information.
- CHINA – HONG KONG SHUE YAN UNIVERSITY: Prof. Leung Tin-Wai is Head of Department of Journalism and Communication of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Please see here for more information.
- LEBANON: Prof. Jad Melki is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the American University of Beirut (AUB). Please see here for more information.
- MEXICO: Prof. Manuel Alejandro Guerrero Martínez is Head of the Graduate Program in Communication, director of Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación, and chair of advanced studies on television audiences and media consumption at Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA). Please see here for more information.
- SLOVAKIA: Mgr. Denisa Kraľovičová is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Mass Media Communication at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius. Please see here for more information.
- UGANDA: Prof. George Lugalambi is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Mass Communication at Makerere University. Please see here for more information.
- UK: Dr. Roman Gerodimos is a Senior Lecturer in Global Current Affairs at the Media School at Bournemouth University. Dr. Gerodimos was assisted by Shelley Thompson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Media School. Please see here for more information.
- USA – HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY: Prof. Paul Mihailidis is Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations and the director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Salzburg, Austria. Please see here for more information.
- USA – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK: Prof. Susan Moeller (as noted above). Also, Arielle Emment, a PhD candidate who lectures in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please see here for more information.
Ph.D. Student Researchers
- EunRyung Chong
- Mihee Kim
- Kayla Bawroski
- Matthew Brody
- Brandon Busick
- Dana Cetrone
- Rebecca Goldberg
- Brandon Green
- Patrick Guthrie
- Keyonna Jones
- Gabriella LaVerghetta
- Michael Lemaire
- Matthew Livi
- Kirby Mills
- Emilie Openchowski
- Allison Prout
- Fenan Solomon
- Madison Sutton
- Christopher Vass
- Eric Villard
Student Graphic Designers
- Rebecca Goldberg
- Eric Villard
- and special thanks to Walden Davis