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U.S. Universities and Media Development: A report to the Center for International Media Assistance

September 13, 2010

A new report to the Center for International Media Assistance is worth taking a look at.  The following are a few clips from the executive summary…

“Over the past decade, the field of communications has exploded onto unimagined new platforms and applications. U.S. universities have long been partners in international media development, but now those who wish to remain active in the field must adapt to a challenging new environment.”

“The new media ecosystem demands unprecedented agility from the American university system. Institutions must grapple with the fact that developments on the ground are evolving far faster than university departments or syllabuses. Some of the most notable projects are “bottom-up” developments that don’t conform to academic structures.”

“While much of the current innovation involves new platforms, that doesn’t mean that traditional concerns have gone away. Donors, academics, and practitioners all reinforce the need for independent, quality content that adheres to ethical standards.”  More…

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