Media Coverage

The Faculty and the Fourth Estate

If faculty want to be heard on the major issues facing higher education, they might start by improving their relationship with the press.

A Practical Guide to Television and Radio Interviews

Many faculty members who read Academe have no doubt conducted interviews with the media, sharing their expertise on a variety of topics. Early in my academic career, I appeared occasionally on local TV and radio programs and was interviewed in a few dozen newspapers on a variety of topics.

During the past four years my visibility has increased: I have conducted numerous radio interviews nationwide and throughout Canada, appeared on television a little more frequently, and now have book signings.

One Story That Grew a Life of its Own

On July 22, 2010, AAUP president Cary Nelson discussed BP, academic freedom, and the perils of corporate funding in "BP and Academic Freedom" with Inside Higher Ed. The story went viral and to Congress.

A Brief History of Anti-Intellectualism in American Media

Standard media coverage of higher education hasn’t changed that much since the 1940s, and it doesn’t serve the core functions of higher education well.

Bridging the Great Divide

 As newsrooms contract and already inadequate higher education coverage decreases, faculty members should be working closely with those who remain—and the “new journalists” who are taking over.

Media, Think Tanks, and Educational Research

Advocacy-oriented think-tank studies get a disproportionate amount of media attention.

The Professors, The Press, The Think Tanks—And Their Problems

The slow collapse of the newspaper industry has opened up public discourse to additional infusions of ideologically motivated misinformation. Walter Lippmann wouldn’t be pleased.

How To Paint A Better Portrait Of HBCUs

The mainstream media’s often-negative portrayals of historically black colleges and universities mislead the public and can even exacerbate problems some HBCUs already face. Those portrayals can—and should—be challenged and changed.

Earned Media

Media coverage does matter. It can have an impact on policy makers, university administration, students and staff, the public—and the faculty itself.

From the Editor: Surviving Hurricanes 101

As we batten down the hatches, hunker down, and rethink all our priorities in public higher education, I’m reminded of the similarities of preparing for a hurricane in North Carolina: Water, check. Batteries, check. Bottles of decent wine, check.

And don’t forget the good media coverage. Sure, it sounds more superstructure than base. Less central to survival. And obviously, harder to come by, as I’m not counting the small army of reporters on wind-whipped beaches, wearing designer anoraks, shouting into their mikes, sea foam blowing into their faces.

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