Pablo Boczkowski to deliver 2015 Scheidel Lecture in April

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The Department of Communication welcomes Professor Pablo Boczkowski of Northwestern University as the 2015 Thomas Scheidel Lecturer. The talk will be held Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in CMU 120. A reception will follow in CMU 126 at 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Synopsis: The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge

The sites of major media organizations—CNN, USA Today, the Guardian, and others—provide the public with much of the online news they consume. But although a large proportion of the top stories these sites disseminate cover politics, international relations, and economics, users of these sites show a preference (as evidenced by the most viewed stories) for news about sports, crime, entertainment, and weather. In this talk, I will draw on joint work with Eugenia Mitchelstein that examines this gap and consider the implications for the media industry and democratic life in the digital age.

Pablo BoczkowskiBio: Pablo J. Boczkowski is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His research program looks at the transition from print to digital media, with a focus on the organizational and occupational dynamics of contemporary journalism and increasingly examined by adopting a comparative lens. He is the author of Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (MIT Press, 2004); News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (University of Chicago Press, 2010); The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge (MIT Press, November 2013; co-authored with Eugenia Mitchelstein); Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality and Society (MIT Press, 2014; co-edited with Tarleton Gillespie and Kirsten Foot); and over twenty journal articles and fifty conference presentations. His ongoing scholarly work includes an ethnographic study(jointly with Eugenia Mitchelstein and Ignacio Siles) on the demise of print newspapers in Chicago, Paris, and Buenos Aires, as a window into larger dynamics of institutional decay; and a conference and edited volume (jointly with Chris Anderson) tentatively entitled Remaking (Digital) News: Rethinking Theories, Institutions, Frames, and Tropes in the Study of Journalism. His current institutional initiatives include launching the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program at Northwestern University; and, together with Eugenia Mitchelstein, the creation of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina, a joint endeavor between Northwestern University and Universidad de San Andrés to be inaugurated in fall 2015.

About the Scheidel Lecture: The Thomas Scheidel Lecture has been a long-standing tradition since 1998 after the Thomas M. Scheidel Faculty Lecture Fund was created in 1997. It honors Scheidel’s lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and academic leadership by bringing distinguished scholars to the UW Department of Communication to meet with and lecture to faculty and students who are pursuing advanced study in communication. During Scheidel’s more than twenty-year career at the UW, he held the positions of Associate Dean and Departmental Chair twice, and was awarded for his Distinguished Service, Research, and as a Scholar. Scheidel was inducted into the Department Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.