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Demystifying: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities

Thursday, April 25 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Columbia Hall, Room 150
1215 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403

Sue Robinson Sue Robinson joined the faculty at UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2007 and now holds the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism research chair. As a scholar, she explores how journalists and news organizations adopt new information communication technologies to report on public affairs in new forms and formats as well as how audiences and individuals can use the technologies for civic engagement. Central to her work is the consideration of information flow as it moves through specific media ecologies and networks at the local community level.

Her 2018 multi-phased, multi-method book (Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Progressive Communities) researches how digital platforms enable and constrain citizens – especially those in marginalized communities – who produce and share information in the public sphere about racial achievement disparities in the K-12 education system. Using Bourdieu’s field theory as its theoretical framework, the book is meant to be a guide for journalists, politicians, activists and others on how to navigate information networks to improve public deliberation. Her talk will summarize some of the key lessons from this publication. She is currently at work on two additional book projects — one on Trump and the media with Matt Carlson and Seth Lewis, and one on media trust projects.