Speakers for the 2016 WJEC:
He has beern a longtime campaigner for media freedom in the Pacific region and
is author of the books Island Kingdom Strikes Back and In Search of the Friendly Islands.
After being a founding chair of the New Zealand-based Pacific Islands Media Network (PIMA) ,he was elected deputy chair of the Samoa-based Pasifik Media Association (PasiMA), an organisation he co-founded.
Stephen D. Reese has been on the University of Texas at Austin faculty since 1982, where he is now the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism. His teaching there has included critical thinking for journalists, graduate seminars in media theory and research, and a freshman signature course, “Understanding 9/11.” He has been Director of the School of Journalism and currently is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Moody College of Communication.
His research focuses on questions relating to press performance, including the sociology of news, media framing of public issues, and the globalization of journalism. Along with some 50 articles and book chapters, Reese is co-author with Pamela Shoemaker of Mediating the Message in the 21st Century: A Media Sociology Perspective (Routledge, 2014), a follow-up volume to its predecessor, named by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly as one of the “significant journalism and communication books” of the 20th century. His edited volume,Framing Public Life: Perspectives on Media and our Understanding of the Social World(Erlbaum, 2001), has been widely cited, and his most recent edited volume (with Wenhong Chen), is Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement(Routledge, 2015).
Prof. Reese served as head of the Political Communication division of the International Communication Association and held major leadership positions with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, which awarded him the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for outstanding achievement in research, teaching and public service. He has taught for several summers at the Salzburg Academy for Media and Global Change, lectured at universities in China, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Finland, and was Kurt Baschwitz Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He received his B.A. at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, from which he received the Harold L. Nelson Award in 2015 for distinguished contribution to research and education in journalism and mass communication.