The Donald McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit.
“This grant will help the McGannon Center to become a much more active source of research that can aid in communications policy decision making,” said center director Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., associate professor of communications and media management in the Schools of Business. “We are honored that the Ford Foundation thinks so highly of the center's work and of the University as a whole to support our endeavors with such a generous grant.”
The activities to be supported by the grant include the establishment of a new research fellow program and the continuation of the center’s Television Oral History Project. The first McGannon Center Research Fellow will be Mark Cooper, Ph.D., director of research for the Consumer Federation of America and fellow with the Center for the Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.
The center’s Television Oral History Project is dedicated to producing a digital archive of the life stories and professional remembrances of the people who were instrumental in building, shaping and guiding American television.
The grant also will be used to support a number of the center’s ongoing research projects that address media ownership policy in the United States, political campaign communication policies and the role of the First Amendment in communications policy.
The McGannon Center was founded in 1986 and studies communications policy and ethics. It conducts research to aid policymakers in business, government and nonprofit organizations in their decision making.
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