[WSIS CS-Plenary] Need interns? Research? Get the "Necessary Knowledge" you need
rikp at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 30 23:20:58 BST 2006
This is the "pre-announcement" of the new project on media reform
that I am now coordinating. Apologies for cross-posting and dupes.
- Rik Panganiban, Program Coordinator, Social Science Research Council
‘Necessary Knowledge’ Opportunities for Advocacy Groups Working on
We are pleased to announce the first "Necessary Knowledge for a
Democratic Public Sphere” projects. NKDPS is designed to build
connections between advocates and academics working on public
interest media policy issues. The first round of projects will
provide a number of different opportunities for you to connect with
interns and researchers who can help you in your current campaigns
We need to know what you need. This email is a request for specific
information about your potential need for student interns -- which we
will then publicize to media and communications schools -- and to
alert you about our upcoming Research Bounty program, which will
enable advocacy groups to seek researchers and funding for critical
1) Do You Need Interns?
If you are interested in hosting and working with graduate student
interns, please email us at MediaHub at ssrc.org with the following
· Name of organization, location, website, contact person
· Duration of available internship: start & end dates,
hours/week needed, flexibility of hours, etc.
· Brief description of intern duties/projects: what will
they be doing? what will they be working on?
· Any requirements as far as experience, skills,
educational level? (specific computer skills? policy/research/
· Please specify if you can provide:
o office space (or is this for a virtual/telecommute intern?)
o a computer (or do they need their own?)
o any sort of stipend (i.e. wages/compensation,
transportation, meals, work-study arrangement, or any other benefits
o arrangements to receive school/class credit
Please respond to these questions as completely and briefly as you
can. We will publicize all submitted intern opportunities to a wide
network of media/communications departments, professors, schools and
academic associations. In future rounds, this capacity will also be
integrated into the online Media Research Hub launching in early Spring.
(Of course the more interesting/exciting the work is and the
availability of any stipends will increase the likelihood of getting
Send your Call for Interns to MediaHub at ssrc.org by April 10 to be
including in our outreach for summer interns.
2) Do You Need Research?
The Research Bounties program will enable advocacy groups to post
online research requests related to current campaigns and organizing/
activist initiatives. These requests will be vetted by a peer-review
panel of activists and academics who will assign "bounties" or prizes
of up to $8000 for the completion of selected projects. Projects and
bounties will be published as open calls to the research community,
producing both new knowledge and new researcher/advocacy collaborations.
In 2006, the Bounties will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on
research related to the rewrite of the Telecommunications Act. We
are interested in (1) projects with clear strategic applications to
contemporary media and communications policy debates; (2)
participatory research that builds capacity within advocacy groups
and communities; and (3) projects that examine at under-researched
issues, such as the racial and economic disparities associated with
media policy andinfrastructure.
We will notify you in the coming months when the online application
process is open. We will also provide more detail on the process and
criteria. In the meantime, we are hoping to prime the pump by
encouraging you to think about research projects relevant to your
campaigns and projects—specifically those that would benefit from
collaboration with academics and scholars. A clear sense of the time
frame, data/analysis needed, potential costs and organizational
contribution to the research (data, staff/volunteers, resources,
etc.) will be important. With this information in hand it should be
relatively easy for you to post a project for the bounty competition,
as well as make your work visible to other possible academic
If you have any questions about the Research Bounties, or any part of
this program, please feel free to contact us (see below). We look
forward to supporting your work for media policies that serve the
public interest, community needs and social justice.
3) More About ‘Necessary Knowledge’
The full range of “Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public
Sphere” projects will include:
· An ‘Internship Network’: to match graduate students with
· The ‘Research Bounty’ project: which will place cash
prizes on advocate-defined research needs.
· A ‘Resource Database’: an online, community-editable
database that will map the media and communications field: people,
institutions, networks, research materials, and topics.
· The ‘Data Consortium’: which will work to improve access
for non-profit and educational actors to commercially-produced
datasets used in media policy.
All of these projects and resources will be hosted on the soon-to-
be-launched ‘Media Research Hub’—http://www.mediaresearchhub.org —
our online clearinghouse and community site for media,
communications, and information policy.
We’ll keep you apprised of news and developments, and hope for your
participation and feedback as the process gets underway. Please
forward this email to anyone else in your network who might be
In the meantime, all best wishes,
The NKDPS team
Joe Karaganis (Social Science Research Council)
Aliza Dichter (CIMA)
Catherine Borgman-Arboleda (CIMA)
Philip Napoli (Fordham University)
"Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere," is a project of
the not-for-profit Social Science Research Council in partnership
with CIMA: Center for International Media Action and the Donald
McGannon Communication Research Center atFordham University. It has
been developed in collaboration with local, national and
international advocates and academics and is supported by the
Knowledge, Culture and Creativity program of the Ford Foundation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: http://www.mediaresearchhub.org or
EMAIL: MediaHub at ssrc.org
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR FUTURE UPDATES, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND
MORE! Email your contact info to: MediaHub at ssrc.org. Please write
“mailing list” in the subject line.
Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York NY 10019
email: mediahub at ssrc.org
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