Ben Miller recently learned that a proposal he and colleagues made to the National Endowment for the Humanities Office for the Digital Humanities, to run a fall digital humanities workshop here on the GSU campus, has been agreed to by NEH.  The ODH regional workshop will take place October 29-30.  The agenda will include roughly a half-day of some mix of presentations, lightning talks, or roundtables on DH in the Southeast, followed by a half-day grant writing workshop.  On the second day, half the day is reserved for individual (or group) meetings with the rep(s) from the ODH.  The timing is good in part because the workshop will run in close proximity to the Digital Libraries Federation Forum happening in Atlanta at Georgia Tech on 10/27-29.

Last Friday (6/13/14), the Atlanta Film Festival and XFINITY announced the creation of the Film Festival Collective, a program to showcase the best film festival programming in the Southeast and to foster the discovery of new filmmaking talent from around the world. The XFINITY On Demand program will feature short films and other quality content from a variety of film festivals across the Southeastern United States.

An essay by Shawn Powers appears in the new issue of Media, War & Conflict (June 2014), “Conceptualizing radicalization in a market for loyalties.”  From the abstract: “Borrowing from Price’s (1994) model of the market for loyalties, the author proposes that radicalization is best understood as within the context of the nation-state system, shaped by the existence of unsanctioned, typically foreign information flows. Governments are increasingly intervening into this space, both to shore up loyalty among their domestic citizenry and to engage foreign citizens in ways that weaken their allegiances to their own governments. Emerging media technologies provide new structures for ideological transfer, enabling states and non-state actors to compete for influence in a more balanced, transnational, ideational playing field. The stakes are significant, of course, with citizens clamoring for more transparent, fair and efficacious governance and increasingly threatening the legitimacy of states around the world.”

A couple weeks ago I called attention to research done by Nic Subtirelu, a 2CI New and Emerging Media fellow and doctoral student in Applied Linguistics, related to his work to analyze how the media frame gender.  That work has now received wider attention, including in this essay published in Atlantic magazine.

Later this month (June 29, 2014, to be exact), at the national conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE, David Armstrongis slated to participate on a panel discussion relating to teaching investigative reporting.  In addition to David, the panel includes a range of other distinguished faculty (e.g., Deborah Nelson, the Pulitzer-Prize winner now on the U Maryland faculty, and Brant Houston, the former IRE director and now Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at U Illinois).  OnSeptember 6, David will present at the Journalism Next symposium co-sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and Mercer University.  There, David will convene a panel discussion on Investigative Reporting 2.0.