Robert McChesney will be giving several presentations in Seattle next week. On Tuesday 19 January at 3.30, he will be speaking in Communications 120: “Communication Research, The Crisis in Journalism, and our Critical Juncture.”
In the United States, journalism as we know it is in precipitous decline, and the entire communication system is in the midst of a stunning transformation. Regrettably, too much of the research produced in the field of communication tends to be mired in the past and/or increasingly irrelevant to the immense social problems before us. This talk will outline the problem and suggest a few tentative steps forward.
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2008 the Utne Reader listed McChesney among its “50 visionaries who are changing the world.” In 2002 he was the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization and hosts the “Media Matters” weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on NPR-affiliate WILL-AM radio.
McChesney has written or edited seventeen books. McChesney’s most recent book, written with John Nichols, is The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (Nation Books, 2010).
That evening, McChesney and John Nicols are at Townhall at 7.30 pm.