Symposium Day Agenda

Follow along with our schedule and workshop objectives throughout the duration of the event. 

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Full Schedule

11am - Welcome & Opening Remarks (Rosie Shumow & Paul Mihailidis) 

11:15am - Keynote (speaker TBD)


12:30 - 12:40pm - Break


12:40pm - 1:45pm: Media Impact Workshops

(For workshop details see below)

  • Workshop #1: What Impact Can I Have?: A Step to Self-Understanding

  • Workshop #2: How do we articulate, design, and document impact in our pedagogy and practice? 

  • Workshop #3: Impactful Media Literacy Practices towards Equity & Social Justice: Research From the Field

  • Workshop #4: Community-Driven: Solutions for journalism in marginalized communities

  • Workshop #5: Impact Documentary: Global Community & Local Engagement?

1:45pm - Defining Impact in Media Work

2:00pm - Announcement of the Transformative Media Scholar Award & Adjourn



Workshop #1: What Impact Can I Have?: A Step to Self-Understanding

  • Facilitators - Chris Harris and Ted Gutsche

Rarely do generations have an opportunity to create major shifts in social change as we do now given the challenges surrounding COVID-19 and social inequalities. In this session, we will work together through approaching and expanding what impact means to us, individually, and how we can become engaged – or more engaged – through self-reflection. We will leave the workshop with a short action plan, or at least some ideas for one, that increases our confidence and clarity on what impact means to us.


Workshop #2: How do we articulate, design, and document impact in our pedagogy and practice? ​

  • Facilitators - Maria Elena Villar, Jessica Rodriguez, and FIU students

Students and alumni affiliated with the Steven Cru Institute for Media, Science and Technology will discuss the importance of engaging stakeholders in planning and evaluation of communication for social change. Using examples of projects in immigrant communities in South Florida as well as urban communities in Colombia.   Participatory Action Research (PAR) coupled with non-traditional health communication methods such as fotonovelas, radionovelas, serious board games, and community theater provide an extraordinary framework and opportunity to co-create and deliver targeted, authentic, and effective health content for the empowerment of historically underserved communities.

  • Participants will understand the benefits and challenges of authentic participatory methods for content co-creation with minoritized communities.

  • Participants will learn about the power of non-traditional communication tools such as games, graphic stories, and community theater to engage communities in social change.

Workshop #3: Impactful Media Literacy Practices towards Equity & Social Justice: Research From the Field

  • Facilitators - Srivi Ramasubramanian, Melissa Tully, Paul Mihailidis, Bobbie Foster, Patrick Johnson, Emily Riewenstahl, Sydney Angove

There is great urgency to advance media literacy in a time of deepening political polarization and weaponized disinformation. We argue that while there are some things media literacy has done well, such as teaching technical skills and increasing awareness of media messaging, the practice needs to adapt to center social justice and equity at its core. In this session, we will engage in a discussion that frames democracy as at a critical point as civic infrastructures erode and fracture. Our graduate students will lead a workshop where participants will be able to explore our research and discover what media literacy processes and practices that dismantle social inequalities and foreground democratic principles of equity, voice, care, and social justice.

  • Workshop participants will learn about and discuss what Media Literacy practice and research actually says about equity and social justice.

  • Workshop participants will brainstorm Media Literacy interventions that are guided by equity and justice. 

Workshop #4: Community-Driven: Solutions for journalism in marginalized communities

  • Facilitators - Bernardo Motta & RWU students

This workshop will teach participants a powerful combination of new approaches to community journalism that not only empower local marginalized groups but also address many of the current problems of credibility and financial viability and sustainability of journalism. We will start with a quick overview of the approach, using Communities of Hope and other examples of new journalism outlets doing better, more humane, more just and, more useful journalism. Then, we will work together on specific steps and practices to develop a journalism organization that truly serves the populations that have been erased, forgotten and marginalized by mainstream media companies.

  • A better understanding of how regular journalism practices can harm specific vulnerable groups and communities and the knowledge to start addressing and improving on these practices.

  • Very clear and specific practical steps to develop (or transform) a local community news organization that will serve its community better through a combination of empowering approaches and techniques, while maintaining financial independence and sustainability.

Workshop #5: Impact Documentary: Global Community & Local Engagement?

  • Facilitators - Sanjeev Chatterjee & students, University of Miami, School of Communication.

This workshop shares takeaways from a global classroom on impact documentary production at the School of Communication, University of Miami. Students from 4 continents, spread across 11 countries conceived, planned and completed 7 short documentaries with companion impact documents. The process was designed to help students engage with social impact strategy.

  • Students share their learnings about the meaning of impact in the context of documentary production.

  • Gather feedback from workshop participants that can enhance ongoing projects as well as course design for the future.