Economics, Media and communication studies, Political science, Public policy, Sociology

Organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European University (CEU)

Course date

29 June - 15 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Susan Abbott

Cross-Pollinate Consulting Solutions, Denver, USA

Kate Coyer

Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Monroe Price

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, US /Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Lee Becker

University of Georgia, Athens, USA

James Deane

Policy Development of the BBC World Service Trust, London, UK

Marius Dragomir

Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Anna Godfrey

BBC World Service Trust, UK

Arne Hintz

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Thomas L Jacobson

Department of Media Studies and Production, School of Media and Communication, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Linje Manyuzo

Department of Media and Communication, London School of Economics, UK

Persephone Miel

Berkman Center, Harvard University, USA

Peter Molnar

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Sandor Orban

South East Europe Network for Professionalization of the Media, Budapest, Hungary

Gerry Power

Research & Learning Group, BBC World Service Trust, London, UK

Maureen Taylor

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA

Tudor Vlad

James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research / Department of Journalism, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

This intensive summer school on media development is designed to help early-stage researchers gain an understanding of the history, theory, practice, and current trends in the media development sector. In the program, students will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and applied/practitioner perspectives from academics and professionals in the media development arena. As part of the course, participants will help develop a comparative research project, undertake field research, and assess and evaluate findings in a written report, fully supervised by a mentor.

The goals of the course are:

  1. To stimulate and advance research, scholarship and academic discourse on media development;
  2. To identify a select group of scholars working in this area and nurture their research interests and capabilities;
  3. To give participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in research related to media development of benefit to the academic and practitioner communities.

As a result of the course, we plan to develop an edited reader on media development, which will feature contributions from the summer course faculty as well as other leading thinkers in the field. SUN participants will have the opportunity to contribute individual field research case studies and comparative analysis developed during the program.

The course will be run as a "master class". Through lectures and discussion, students will have access to varied perspectives that speak to historical and current trends of theory, research and practice and provide a foundational understanding of the dynamics of the media development field. To maximize the opportunities for interaction with instructors and mentors, the course will be small in size, with a maximum of 20 students.

The course is being developed in collaboration with The James M. Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research and the Novi Sad School of Journalism, Novi Sad, Serbia. Student scholarships provided by a grant from the Open Society Institute (OSI) Network Media Program.