Fall 2018 Fellows
Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow
Maria Hinojosa is anchor and executive producer for the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and for PBS’s America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa. Her nearly 30-year career includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, Frontline, and CBS Radio, and anchoring the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, a nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that gives voice to the diversity of the American experience. She is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. While at the Shorenstein Center for the 2018-2019 academic year, Hinojosa will lead a student study group on the topic of immigration.
James Harkin is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. An Irish journalist covering new media, politics, and conflict, Harkin has reported from Syria and Iraq for Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, The Guardian and Newsweek. His latest book, Hunting Season, investigates the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and its kidnapping of journalists. While at the Shorenstein Center, Harkin will write a paper on “Spin Wars: How New Media Became a Weapon of War in Syria.”
Roderick P. Hart holds the Shivers Chair in Communication and is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Former dean of the Moody College of Communication and founding director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Hart is the author or editor of fifteen books, the most recent of which is Civic Hope: How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive. While at the Shorenstein Center, Hart will write a paper on “Trump and Us: What He Says and Who We Are.”
Sarah J. Jackson is an associate professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, affiliated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies. Her areas of expertise include social movement communication, Black and feminist activism, and alternative journalism. She is the author of Black Celebrity, Racial Politics and the Press, and coauthor of the forthcoming #HashtagActivism: Race and Gender in America’s Networked Counterpublics. While at the Shorenstein Center, Jackson will write a paper on “Black Women’s Digital Storytelling and the New Politics of Black Activism.”
George Twumasi is the CEO of African Broadcast Network (ABN) Holdings Ltd, which strives to create a viable television and multimedia content system for the African continent and diaspora focused on programming “Made by Africans for Africans,” and Executive Director of the African Public Broadcast Foundation. While at the Shorenstein Center, Twumasi will write a policy framework on the topic of “Social and Civic Empowerment through Entertainment: Tapping the Potential of Africa’s Emerging Digital Ecosystem.”
Kyla Fullenwider served as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau. Previously, she was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. Fullenwider was a faculty member in the Products of Design department at the School of Visual Arts and in the joint MBA/MA program at Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute of Art where she taught social innovation and entrepreneurship. She is a cofounder of two companies and has a diverse portfolio of socially-engaged work spanning nearly two decades. While at the Shorenstein Center, Fullenwider will lead a seminar on public interest entrepreneurship and write a paper and playbook on “How Cities Can Save the Census: A Local Framework for Our Nation’s First Digital Count.”
Jim Cashel is Chairman of Forum One Communications, a digital communications firm which works at the nexus of technology, public policy, and online community. Cashel will make monthly visits to the Shorenstein Center throughout the semester, and will be researching broadband extension in the developing world and its impact on media.
Filmmaker in Residence
Gabriel London is an award winning documentary filmmaker and social impact campaign director, whose collaborations with notable talent and leading organizations spans nearly 20 years. London is best known for The Mind of Mark DeFriest, an incarceration documentary 13 years in the making, which received wide acclaim at global film festivals and went on to help reduce the title character’s prison sentence by over 70 years. As a founding partner of the social impact creative agency, Found Object, London has created and directed purpose-driven campaigns on issues including veterans’ health, opioid addiction and climate change. This work combines documentary storytelling with social activation, to drive multi-stakeholder involvement and audience engagement. While at the Shorenstein Center, London will write a paper and associated media content strategy on “Hanging by a Thread: Serialized Storytelling in a Post-Factual Era”.