Events

On May 28, the 2019 COMPASS Cohort will meet to kick off the summer session, taught by Professor Christopher Ali of the University of Virginia. Read about the 2019 Fellows here.

Research

Read our report summarizing the Platform Economy and the Future of the City Convening, which brought together innovative thinkers from around the US and Europe and local organizers, academics,
policymakers and workers in the Platform Economy. The 2-day event yielded intense, productive conversations and identified key challenges and opportunities. Read the recap and our recommendations here.

On-demand service platforms (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Caviar) recruit workers by promising on-the-job flexibility. Flexibility, however, is equally important to the firm: it justifies their classification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This designation has obvious financial benefits for companies, but it also introduces new challenges when workers’ decisions run counter to the firm’s needs. On-demand firms thus develop covert strategies to influence workers’ decision-making such that their choices conform to company interests.

READ THE FULL REPORT

News

Last year’s Media, Movements, and the City: A Gathering of Media Activism in Philadelphia was a success! Held at Temple University’s Mitten Hall on September 28, 2018, this one-day convening fulfilled its mission, which was to activate a local hub of media makers, activists, artists, and researchers working towards social justice in Philadelphia. This event was the first step toward achieving a larger goal, which is to develop stronger networks of interaction and collaboration in Philly. We have published our report of this event and you can read it here.

The MIC Center publishes a Philly Media Activism Guide

This living document is meant to be a resource for academics, educators, funders, artists, and community organizers who aspire to forge partnerships and leverage communal assets.  Ultimately, we hope this guide will inspire continued growth in Philadelphia’s thriving public-interest media ecosystem. Download the guide here.

MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard pens new essay in Journalism History: “Reclaiming a Progressive First Amendment to Save Journalism.” Read it here.

MIC has received a Philadelphia News Ecosystem Collaboration Grant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Read more here.

MIC Co-Directors Victor Pickard and Todd Wolfson pen new essay in Media Theory discussing Edward S. Herman’s antifascist intellectual roots, his media criticism and his activism in Philadelphia.

Radical Interventions: Ed Herman’s Intellectual Roots and Activism within the Political Economic Tradition

MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard and Annenberg PhD Candidate Pawel Popiel author a new report for the Benton Foundation on FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and his ‘Media Democracy Agenda.’ Read the piece here, with foreword by former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

The Media Democracy Agenda: The Strategy and Legacy of FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps

New Article out! Read: The Strange Life and Death of the Fairness Doctrine: Tracing the Decline of Positive Freedoms in American Policy Discourse, a new article by MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard in the International Journal of Communication.

Dr. Victor Pickard pens article in The Nation, calling for a new social contract with Internet giants like Facebook and a broader, bolder vision for what Facebook owes society in return for the incredible power it’s been allowed to accumulate. Read it here.