Speaker: Jeffrey McCall (Depauw U.)
Title: Empowering media consumers: media literacy and the public sphere.
Time & Place: 12:30-1:45 pm , Friday, February 15, Radio/TV Bldg, Room 226
Even bright, well-read citizens have little understanding of how the media work and how media content affects them daily. This presentation addresses some key media issues that the citizenry should know more about and the role of academicians in making the public more media literate. The presentation will discuss the scholarship of application in media studies, as demonstrated in Professor McCall's oped columns and in his recently published book, "Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences."
Jeffrey McCall is a media studies professor at DePauw University. He is also a contributing op-ed columnist on contemporary media issues. His columns have been published in a number of newspapers, including the Indianapolis Star, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Washington Times, Buffalo News, Miami Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many others. He is a widely quoted media observer and critic, having been interviewed and quoted by over 80 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Christian Science Monitor, and others. He makes regular appearances on radio and television shows, including a number of appearances on Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor." Before moving into academia, he worked in the professional media. His PhD is from the University of Missouri.