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Mission

The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda was established by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in summer of 2006. ICMPA aims to create on campus a central place for media and public policy teaching and research. 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. ICMPA research and other projects extend the College of Journalism’s teaching and research mission. ICMPA is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy.

 

Staff


Susan D. Moeller
Director
Susan D. Moeller is the director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Moeller is also professor of media and international affairs at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and an affiliated faculty member of the School of Public Policy at Maryland. She is co-founder and a faculty member of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Austria, an initiative of ICMPA and the Salzburg Global Seminar. Moeller is the author of a number of books, including Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit; Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death; and Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat. Moeller was formerly the director of the journalism program at Brandeis University, a senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, both at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was twice a Fulbright professor in international relations in Pakistan and in Thailand. Moeller received her M.A. in history and her Ph.D. in the history of American Civilization, both from Harvard. Her B.A. is from Yale University. Prior to her graduate work, Moeller was a journalist in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she was named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on Islam and she was also named a Teacher of the Year by the State of Maryland Board of Regents.


Susan Moeller
Director

Jad Melki
Research Director

Jad Melki, Ph.D. is a journalism and media studies professor, trainer, researcher and consultant and a freelance multimedia and broadcast journalist. Melki is asistant professor of journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is also the research director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, College Park, a visiting faculty at Johns Hopkins University, USA, and at the Salzburg Academy for Media and Global Change, Austria. Melki is also a media education, media development, and digital journalism training consultant working with various institutions, including the Jordan Media Institute, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the International College. Previously, he was a visiting faculty at Towson University, teaching research methods, media and society, media literacy, multimedia and broadcast journalism, and media, war and terrorism. Melki has been a broadcast and online journalist for over 12 years working with American and Arabic media. He was part of the Webby award and Press Club award-winning Hot Zone team (Yahoo! News), covering the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. He received his Ph.D. in journalism and media studies from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.


Jad Melki
Research Director

Paul Mihailidis
Director of Media Education Initiatives
Dr. Paul Mihailidis is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches interactive communication, media literacy, and social media. Mihailidis's research concerns the connections between media, education, and citizenship in the 21st Century. He has published widely on media literacy, global media, and digital citizenship. He is the editor of the News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and Classroom (Peter Lang), author of the forthcoming Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen (Peter Lang, 2013), co-author of Media Literacy Learning Commons (ABC-CLIO, 2013), and co-editor of Media Literacy in Action (Routledge, 2013). Mihailidis sits on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and is reviews editor for the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Mihailidis is also the Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change (www.salzburg.umd.edu), a program that gathers over 60 students and a dozen faculty from five continents for three weeks every summer to explore global media and notions of global citizenship.


Paul Mihailidis
Director of Media Education

Leslie Walker
Director of Social Media

A newspaper journalist and pioneer in Internet news, Leslie Walker served as vice president for news and editor of washingtonpost.com at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, the digital media subsidiary of the Washington Post Co. She spent 16 years writing and editing for The Washington Post and earlier covered state politics for the Baltimore Evening Sun. Her “.com” column appeared weekly in The Post for eight years, chronicling how the Internet transformed media economics and empowered readers to take a more participatory role in media. She wrote many stories detailing the evolution of e-commerce and Internet news. Walker also wrote a nonfiction book which became a television movie, Sudden Fury. Leslie Walker spent a decade working in and/or studying Internet media. She's visited scores of technology firms and interviewed thousands of industry executives. She has expertise in digital media economics; business strategies for Internet news; and how digital technologies are transforming media and impacting society.


Leslie Walker
Director of Social Media

Megan Fromm
Content and Curriculum Developer
Megan Fromm, Ph.D., is a resource specialist and incoming faculty member for the 2013 Salzburg Academy summer program. As a researcher and content/curriculum manager for ICMPA, Fromm helps to design and implement a global media literacy curriculum for the Academy. In 2012, Fromm was the lead researcher for the Academy's research study, which examined how global online news sites covered the London Olympics in images. She is currently leading the Academy's 2012-2013 collaborative research project, a study of emerging problems in today's urban cities. In her own research and teaching, Fromm specializes in media literacy, scholastic journalism, media law, and student press rights. Fromm is a former journalist and copy editor, and has won the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award and the Colorado Friend of the First Award for her work advocating open records.

Megan Fromm
Megan Fromm
Curriculum Developer

Employment

Independent Study
» For credit (for UMD students only): If you are interested in working on ICMPA projects for course credit, email ICMPA.

ICMPA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

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Mail
ICMPA
1117 Journalism Building
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD 20742
U.S.A.

Phone
301-405-2419
301-314-9166 (fax)

 
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