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Community

Meredith Vieira

NBC

Special Correspondent and Contributor

Talk show host

John Kirby

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Department Spokesperson, US Department of State

Content, context, counsel

 

source site What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

I think our greatest challenge is leveraging communication technology without losing the perspective and context required to properly inform audiences about difficult and complex issues.

David Cicilline

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Congressman

United States Congressman

Jack Reed

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Senator

United States Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator

United States Senator

Adam David Roth

Harrington School of Communication and Media

Director and Associate Professor

Teaching, Research, Higher Education Administration

How are YOU shaping the future of communication and media; what is the “next big thing” in communication and media?

I am preparing students for jobs in the future, some of which may not even yet exist! I do that by imbuing them with the knowledge and skills they will need to have in order to adapt to the changing nature of communication and media now and in the future.

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

Our greatest challenge is to use communication and media technologies to produce greater understanding, awareness, and community in a global world fraught with misunderstanding and immeasurable difference.

What are your hopes for the global future of communication and media?

I hope the global future of communication and media will allow us to solve many of the obstacles we currently face, from healthcare delivery to international politics.

What is the social media/communication technology tool of the future?

I’ll be amazed when we can tweet with our intergalactic friends.

What journalist or communication personality do you most admire, and why? 

Chrisitane Amanpour. She’s a graduate of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, a lovely person, and a role model for aspiring journalists interested in a career that involves international reporting.

Alyssa Smith

Worldways Social Marketing

Senior Account Manager

Project manager, Writer, Reader

What are your hopes for the global future of communication and media?

I hope we will continue to preserve hard-hitting, investigative journalism. I believe journalism is tantamount to maintaining a transparent society. If journalists are not allowed to continue to poke and prod at the truth, our future will be canned and prescribed.

Michael Moore

Senior Vice President, Communications, Thomson Reuters New York, NY

Content, Channels, Change

What is society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

Finding the signal in the noise

Adam Wiener

CBS Local Digital

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Community and Operations

Local Digital Media

 How are YOU shaping the future of communication and media; what is the “next big thing” in communication and media?

I work closely with local TV and radio broadcast leaders in dozens of markets, helping them create and monetize digital programming in all forms across news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle topics. In this role I help define best practices, which are constantly evolving as the digital and broadcast landscapes change. There are two “next big things” on the horizon. First, virtual reality will become less expensive to create, disseminate and consume, giving media creators new ways to tell stories. Second, the rise of messenger “bots” will enable real-time interaction with media brands. Both “big things” will provide new and exciting opportunities for content creators and marketers to reach consumers.

Mark Coleman

Alex and Ani

Vice President of University Relations

 Connect, relate, develop. 

What are your hopes for the global future of communication and media?

My hope for the future of global communication and media is finding a way to include all the people who currently lack access due to poverty, language or culture.

Steve Malkiewicz

IBM Global Business Services

Director of Communications

Build belief & advocacy.

What do you think is society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

Sherry Turkle of MIT writes of how our increasing reliance on social media and electronic communication that keeps us constantly connected creates at the same time a new isolation, affecting our emotional well-being by inhibiting our ability to engage in person. Finding the right balance is an important societal challenge, though it may need to be addressed individually in our roles as teachers, parents, mentors and employers.

What is the social media/communication technology tool of the future?

Virtual reality has the potential to create new immersive experiences that transform how students learn, how professionals in all fields are trained and how companies and institutions present themselves to the world. As costs come down over time and technical hurdles are overcome, innovative applications in research, the arts, education, healthcare and more could enhance cognition and change the way we communicate.

Mark Marosits

Worldways Social Marketing

Co-Founder, Worldways Social Marketing

Accelerating Social Change

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

I think our greatest challenge is digital literacy and the cultivation of a digitally skilled work force. My colleagues and I help social purpose organizations to master, manage and measure the digital future of such sectors as public health, labor and training and the environment. Much of this focuses on re-inventing how they communicate and the media that they use.

 

Regina A. Bell, MA

Public Relations Program

Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Public Relations Program at the University of Rhode Island

Engaged, Honest, Community Leader

 

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

In general, we, as a society, are fortunate to have to access to the best technology. In seconds, we are connected to the world. We can access information allowing us to synthesize data to form the most conclusive decision. Yet, I cannot help but notice that life seems to be managed with an isolated approach. As a society, are we forgetting the importance of our treasured communication skills? I cannot help but wonder if the power and the intrigue of conversation are something we once did. I hope that we, as a society, will find the balance so that the art of conversation can be part of our daily exchange.

Kira Bergman

URI

Harrington Ranger

Creative, Friendly, Happy

What are your hopes for the global future of communication and media?

I hope that the future of global communication and media can continue to bridge gaps among cultures and increase the amount information available to everyone.

Keith Brown

Lecturer in the Film/Media Program, University of Rhode Island

Creative, Driven, Thoughtful

How are YOU shaping the future of communication and media; what is the “next big thing” in communication and media?

In my film production courses, we may be using the latest camera and sound recording equipment, but it’s important for the students to learn that the message and the story are also important. I am shaping the future of communication and media by teaching students skills that can be applied to all forms of storytelling – no matter what the “next big thing” is.

Hollie Smith

Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island - Harrington School of Communication and Media

Scholar, Adventurer, Idealist

What are your hopes for the global future of communication and media? 

My hopes for the the global future of communication and media is that it will serve as a facilitator of civil dialogue, social expression, and collaborative innovation. The proliferation of new media technologies allows us now, more than any other time in history, to have a global conversation about human rights, environmental conditions, and social injustice. Media and communication are key to fostering a conversation that will lead to global change.

Martha Waitkun

Senior Lecturer, URI Harrington School of Communication and Media

Supportive, Optimistic, Pragmatic

Richard J. Harrington

Chairman and General Partner, Cue Ball

Perpetual intellectual curiosity

 

Christopher Morris

URI

Harrington Ranger

Unique, Explorer,Rational

Ann Salzarulo

Harrington School of Communication and Media

Coordinator

curious, open-minded, friendly

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

The greatest global challenge for communication and media is to span the growing gaps emerging in our ever-polarized and volatile world. Communication and Media are critical for the social and environmental changes that will bring us strategically to a wholesome, peaceable world.

Robert Riglietti

Introspective, Visionary, Friendly

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

Societies greatest communication and media challenge as I see it is our ability to holistically adapt to the new technologies that continuously revolutionize and redefine the way we communicate and use media.

Frank Romanelli

Writing & Rhetoric Lecturer/Early Credit High School Program (ECHSP) Coordinator for Writing, URI College of Education and Professional Studies

Sincere, creative, inquisitive

What is the social media/communication technology tool of the future?

I believe that we catapulted into a world of digital literacy and digital media at unprecedented velocity and are now tasked with finding our way through to a place that joins the best of classic culture with the best of new culture to better our world. Whatever the future tools and trends are, we must embrace them with a spirit of digital literacy and be open to the progress they can bring.

As an educator, I feel it is a moral imperative to teach students to communicate in a 21st century mode for a diverse multi-generational 21st century audience. I believe we must remain on the cutting edge of research and practice to be able to best serve their needs.

As media have become more interactive and electronic, I have come to appreciate the convenience of information sources. The challenge has been gleaning through to find information that is reliable and true. In journalism, I am most impressed with Ezra Klein, the former Washington Post journalist who started Vox.com (http://vox.com). I think Vox is an excellent and reliable source of news and editorial opinion that presents information in both a classic journalistic objectivity and a modern quick pickup editorial style that is a trademark of new media journalism.

Niko Poulakos

Lecturer and Visiting Professor, University of Rhode Island and UIBE Beijing

Aesthetic, Impassioned, Provocative

What do you think is your society’s greatest communication and media challenge?

One of the biggest challenges facing the continuously integrated fields of communication and media concerns brokering, managing, and stylizing the “art” of interacting effectively and responsibly across media platforms that outpace communication protocols and behaviors therein. Media technology today could be said to move faster than civil discourse and critical dialogue attempting to develop it. The questions of what a platform such as Twitter can become, should become, and will become, are already incredibly difficult ones. Applying logics generally to answer these questions for any and all upcoming revolutions in communication focused media technologies appears impossible. Adapting critical sensibilities to a fast paced realm of innovation while preserving a core notion of communication traditions promises to be a prominent and pressing task of the next few decades…

Jessica Pace

URI

Harrington Ranger

Driven Enthusiastic Creative