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Conference 2018: Exploring Media Ecosystems

Exploring Media Ecosystems Conference


The Center for Civic Media at MIT and the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard invite you to join us for our first conference on Media Ecosystems Studies, to take place March 5th and 6th at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


About this Conference

This convening will bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, journalists, and funders interested in understanding the current media landscape. We are now able to do broad and rigorous quantitative analysis using sophisticated tools to understand news and social media. Yet at the same time we know that no single point of view, no single platform, tool or method, can account for the complexity of mediated communication in the 21st century. And we think that considering the networked public sphere in terms of ecosystems, with different elements dynamically affecting others, is a useful approach to tackling its complexity.

We will spend two days discussing the current media environment, presenting research, examining a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, and reviewing tools. 

Confirmed Speakers

Preliminary Agenda

Monday, March 5th

  • 9:30am - Keynote: Digital Media and Media Ecosystems
  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 1pm - Research Presentations 1 & 2
    • details coming soon
  • 2:45pm - Break
  • 3:15pm - Research Presentations 3 & 4
    • details coming soon
  • 5:30pm - Reception and Networking

Tuesday, March 6th

  • 9am: Keynote: Methods and Data
  • 10:30am: Examples and Data Repositories
  • 11:45am: Concluding Remarks
  • 12:30pm: Brown-Bag Lunch and Networking