Media Research Center Launched

Posted: March 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The College of Arts and Sciences is now home to the new Center for Media Research and Telecommunications. Housed in the Communication Department, the center was created to study the effect of telecommunications and media on today’s society. A primary goal of the center will be to examine the way we send and receive messages–by telephone, Internet, radio, and print and broadcast media–as well as the content of those messages.

In February, the faculty members involved with the center sponsored the release of a report on telecommunications in Africa by Federal Communication Commission chairman William Kennard.

Presently, the center has six core members: Raymond Akwule, Communication; Cynthia Lont, Communication Department chair; Michael Kelley, telecommunications director; Junior Bridge, Communication; Star Muir, Communication; and David Weinstein, Communication.

The center’s next event will be the release of part of a 10-year longitudinal study analyzing how women are portrayed in newspapers. The center hopes to involve at least 50 students a year through internships and independent studies, and by linking them with outside organizations, including the World Bank and the Federal Communication Commission.

“The center will provide a location for funding opportunities for faculty, research opportunities for students, and a way to connect with those outside George Mason about issues related to media research and telecommunications,” Lont says.

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