The Research Team

Project Director:  Lead Author/Editor

Dr. Susan Moeller supervised this ICMPA research study. Prof. Moeller is Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and Professor of Media and International Affairs at the Merrill College and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Moeller co-founded the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Austria. She has taught at Brandeis and Princeton, was a Fulbright professor in Pakistan and Thailand, and was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center and senior fellow at the Kennedy School.

Moeller’s latest book is Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit. Other books include Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death and  Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat. Moeller received her AM and PhD from Harvard and her BA from Yale. In 2008, she was named a Carnegie Scholar as well as a Teacher of the Year by the State of Maryland Board of Regents.

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EunRyung Chong is a Ph.D. student in Journalism Studies at the Philip Merrill College at the University of Maryland. She has worked for the Dong-A Ilbo(daily) in Korea for 17 years as a reporter and editor until 2007.  She received her B.A. in anthropology from Seoul National University in 1989 and earned an M.A. in journalism from Yonsei University in Korea in 2007.  In 2000-2001, she won the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include online public sphere and human behaviors in the Web 2.0 age.

Sergei Golitsinski is a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has a degree in Journalism from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and two
master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa: MA in communication and MS in computer science. He started his career as a translator and newspaper reporter. Later, he moved on to business, advertising and public relations, and, eventually, communication and computer science. His research is focused on applying computational approaches to problems in communication, journalism and media studies.

Jing Guo earned her B.A. in international broadcast journalism in 2007 from Communication University of China. Jing earned her M.A. in Mass Communication from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 2009. As an undergraduate, she worked with China Central Television in Beijing to produce one of their largest TV documentaries, Lancang-Mekong River, and served as a part-time reporter with Hunan TV and Broadcast Intermediary Corporation. While at Miami University, she produced and broadcast news for a public radio station. She has presented at several national academic conferences, including NCA and AEJMC. Her research interests include comparative media studies, international mass communication (especially international political journalism), and feminist movements in developing countries.

Raymond McCaffrey worked for more than 25 years as a journalist, including eight years as a staff writer and an editor at The Washington Post. His career also includes work as a reporter, columnist and writing coach at the Colorado Springs Gazette. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Fairfield University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His master’s thesis examined mental illness among the homeless, a population he had written about extensively as a reporter. He is also drawn to research exploring how media have evolved with advances in technology and contributed to vast cultural changes.

Andrew Nynka earned an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a B.A. in political science and economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. In 2004, he covered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine as Kyiv bureau chief for The Ukrainian Weekly, a US-based English-language newspaper. At the Weekly, he also covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and reported from The White House, Congress, the United Nations and from inside a prison in Eastern Europe. Andrew worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., and later as an education beat reporter for another Gannett daily. His research interests include the future of journalism and its impact on democracy and public discourse, and journalism history.

Jessica Roberts is a Ph.D. student in Journalism Studies at the Philip Merrill College at the University of Maryland. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a reporter at the Santiago Times in Chile, the Santa Monica Daily Press in California, and the Cape Times in South Africa. Her research interests include citizen journalism and ethics.