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Welcome to the web home of the Media and Communication (M&C) doctoral program at Temple University, an interdisciplinary program based in the School of Media and Communication.

Our faculty and students conduct communication research on a wide range of topics, especially in the areas of globalization, new media, cultural studies, and media effects. Our award-winning faculty members, drawn from all four academic departments in the School, are active scholars with international reputations. Our students regularly present their research at communication and other conferences, publish their work in respected journals, and win national awards for graduate-student teaching.

For more than 30 years, our program-based in Philadelphia, a multicultural city that is the nation’s #4 media market-has prepared students for academic careers in teaching and research. Today, more than 150 of our alumni hold positions as faculty, administrators, and communication policy researchers across the world. We invite you to find out more about their experiences and about our program’s possibilities.

NAME CHANGE: Until December 11, 2012, our program was named “Mass Media & Communication (MM&C).” On that date the Temple University Board of Trustees approved our request to change our name to Media & Communication (M&C). Why the change? In addition to avoiding confusion with the recently changed name of the School, since the program was established in the early 1990s the focus of its curriculum and the scholarship conducted by its faculty and students has broadened far beyond “mass” media to include interpersonal media including the internet, social media, video games, virtual and augmented reality, etc. (and of course doesn’t always involve technology-mediated communication at all). So the new name, Media & Communication, reflects this change and more accurately reflects what we do. In the days and weeks ahead the name change will be reflected throughout the university’s online communications.

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PhD student earns large grant for dissertation work

Melissa Meade, a PhD candidate in the Media and Communication Program at Temple University, has received a $20,000 grant for fieldwork from The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City. The grant marks one of the largest external awards to a School of Media and Communication graduate student.

Meade is conducting research for her dissertation entitled “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal:’ Violence, Migration and Mediation in the Anthracite Region,” which explores the restructuring of this northeastern Pennsylvania community as it moves away from a reliance on the coal industry and how that story is told in the … Read more »

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Prof. Donnalyn Pompper Publishes Article

Congratulations to Professor Donnalyn Pompper, whose article, “Female Tunisian Revolutionaries, Leadership, and Social (dis)order in Global News Production,” has been published in Mass Communication & Society (volume 17, number 4). It’s available online here.

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M&C Alum Sue Robinson Publishes Article

Congratulations to M&C alum Sue Robinson, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose column, “Course Remix: 10 Tips for Creating a Social Media Class Out of Nothing” appeared in MediaShift this February. You can read it here.

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