Faculty member's book presents justice-based approach for media policy

December 21, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State faculty member has co-authored a book that proposes a more inclusive model for media policy that could be driven by a social mission to improve the position of those most disadvantaged in society.

In the 133-page book, “A Justice-Based Approach for New Media Policy,” co-authors Amit Schejter, a visiting professor at Penn State and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy on the University Park campus, and Noam Tirosh, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, use three case studies to propose an approach to media policy that differs greatly from the current system.

They believe an opportunity exists for contemporary media to improve the position of those most disadvantaged in society by finding ways to include them in the media “ecosystem,” thereby preventing them from being left out of societal discussions simply because of their access to technology. As a result, Schejter and Tirosh strive to learn about the needs of the disadvantaged and develop a theory of media and justice that could serve as a basis for corrective public policies. They also aim to tell the story of those communities in their words when describing their information and communication needs.

Critics have described the book as a “thought-provoking and must-read” that is “a vital and original contribution to global media policy research.” 

Along with his appointment at Penn State, Schejter is a professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University. He is the author of six books and more than 50 journal articles, law review and book chapters in five languages. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Information Policy.

Schejter has been invited to present his work across the globe. He was honored as a Paterno Fellows Program Visiting Scholar in 2015 and named a Distinguished Honors Faculty member at Penn State in 2011-12. In 2007, he earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship from the College of Communications. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Media Democracy Fund, the European Union Marie Curie FP-7 Program, and the Social Science Research Council, among others.

Last Updated December 21, 2016