SJ+M 2020:


In our abundant media environment, where our technologies ask for more and more of our fleeting attention, it seems challenging to stay committed to an idea, an issue, a moment. Connective technologies have succeeded in disconnecting us. They have splintered our communities, polarized our politics, and normalized spectacle in our information feeds. The same online networks that once touted their collaborative potential now provide sensational content to like-minded groups, and seed distrust in the very institutions we rely on for functioning civic societies. The core functions of information systems are now under attack, and the weaponization of fake news by political and public leaders has further eroded such trust. Journalists, meanwhile, are losing the trust of communities who find refuge and solace in the validation of information by peers online. 


It is within this context that the 2020 symposium convened activists, scholars, students, and storytellers to explore how media pedagogy and practice can persist in the face of our increasingly transactional, shallow and fractured media infrastructure. The symposium provided time for dialog, engagement, deliberation and reflection on how we can best prepare young storytellers to advocate for the media and civic systems that best reflect equitable and vibrant societies.



9:30 am
Coffee Served
10:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Rosie Shumow, Paul Mihailidis

10:30 am

Keynote on Data Feminism

11:30 am
11:45 am
Panel: Engaged Scholarship & Persistent Pedagogy

Panelists: Sallie Hughes (Moderator), Chris Harris, Jessica Retis, Juliet Pinto, Paola Prado,

Paul Mihailidis, Robert "Ted" Gutsche

12:45 pm
Lunch & Community Building

Lunch provided

1:45 pm
Screenings: Liberty Square Rising
by Moses Shumow

Moderated by Sanjeev Chatterjee

3:00 pm
3:15 pm
Roundtables: Identifying Needs & Sharing Resources
3:45 pm
Announcement of the Transformative Media Literacy Scholar Award
4:00 pm
End of Event 


Nominations for the award are still being accepted; however, dates for the award are currently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Transformative Media Literacy Fellowship aims to provide dynamic opportunities for emerging teachers, scholar activists, and organic intellectuals to engage in transformative teaching and research practices, and learn leadership skills for impactful work in our current digital culture. Awardees should be active in the practice and pedagogy for social justice-oriented media work, within communities and classrooms.


The Awardee will be granted travel and room/board at the Salzburg Academy on Media Global Change, and a stipend to complete a project in the year that they received the award.


Nominations are open, and should include a description of why this candidate should receive the award, and a project (community or pedagogy) that could use funding.


All Inquiries should be sent to: Paul Mihailidis at 

This award is inaugurated to celebrate the life and work of Moses Augustín Shumow, an award-winning educator, activist, and scholar. Moses worked tirelessly to tell the stories of transnational and underserved communities. He manifested in his work the values of radical pedagogy, a commitment to underserved communities, and a persistent mindset, anchored by the idea that narratives had the potential to reframe the plight of those in need.



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