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UVA Announces New Center for Media and Citizenship

January 28, 2016

UVA lecturer and journalist Coy Barefoot, left, interviews Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for the
first episode of the Center’s new “Coy Barefoot Program.”


The University of Virginia today announced the launch of the all-new Center for Media and Citizenship. The UVA Today article is available here. The Center’s Executive Director Siva Vaidhyanathan and Executive Producer Coy Barefoot were interviewed for the story. An excerpt follows:

“This semester, the University of Virginia is starting a new initiative to promote and study the vital intersection between media and democracy. The new Center for Media and Citizenship’s mission is to broaden the understanding of civic engagement amidst the changing media environment. The University has never had a journalism school, department or major, and yet we have produced thousands of successful journalists, some of whom are among the most well-known in the world,” Robertson Professor of Media Studies Siva Vaidhyanathan said. “That happened because having a rich and broad liberal arts mind is the best possible training to be a journalist. Still, we didn’t want to rest just on that.” In an age of rapid shifts in communications and journalism, the University is finding new ways to engage in the evolving media landscape and research its role in society. The Center for Media and Citizenship will go beyond the tenets of successful journalistic practices and look into the underlying values that support an informed citizenry.”