COM Faculty Analyze How Fake News Influences Real News

“Faculty and students have been agonizing recently about the emergence of fake news—false information packaged to deceive the public into thinking it was produced by professionals with respect for truth,” notes Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean of the College of Communication, in his spring 2017 COMtalk column. Another interested consumer of news—Barack Obama—described the new media… Read More

Journalism and the Search for Truth in the Age of Social Media

Hosted by the College of Communication’s Divison of Emerging Media, the conference, “Journalism and the Search for Truth in the Age of Social Media“, took place on April 24-25, 2017, at Boston University. Watch the conference’s videos below. Welcome and opening remarks: Dr. James E. Katz & Dean Thomas E. Fiedler, Boston University. Panel 1:… Read More

Meet Serena Bronda (’16) Emerging Media Studies Alum and #Girlboss

Meet Emerging Media Studies alum, Serena Bronda. Serena is #girlboss and PR queen who landed a job at Eataly Boston right out of the EMS program. Now transitioning to a career at PR healthcare agency, she provides us with her advice about networking in Boston and the Emerging Media Studies program. Q: Where are you from… Read More

COM’s Data Storytelling Workshop is For Everyone

Data points are everywhere. Swipe a credit card, buy something online, or upload a pet video to Facebook, you leave a data point. Just about everything that a corporation or government does leaves a digital footprint as well. These days, a lot of people want to use that data to find an answer or make… Read More

Sam Sokolow (COM’91) Behind National Geographic’s ‘Genius’

Hollywood producer Sam Sokolow grew up in Manhattan, where his parents worked in the film and publishing worlds. Summers meant the Hamptons and playing in a celebrity-studded summer softball league on Long Island with literary lights whose names meant nothing to young Sam. “To me they were just my parents’ friends who played softball,” Sokolow… Read More

#ScreentimeBU 2017: Fake News, Real Emotion, and the Mediated Self

On June 22, 2017, the graduate students of Boston University’s Division of Emerging Media Studies are going to hold their third annual Conference on Emerging Media: #ScreentimeBU. This year’s theme is “Fake News, Real Emotion, and the Mediated Self.” #ScreentimeBU aims to explore the civic, social, and psychological implications of today’s media landscape. This conference is… Read More

Bonnie Hammer (COM ’71) Addresses 144th Commencement

Pairing the names Odysseus and Kim Kardashian in the same sentence seems unlikely, but Bonnie Hammer, the Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment,” strung them together in her BU Commencement speech Sunday, offering a storyteller’s advice on how the graduates might construct the narrative of a successful postcollege life. “When you leave today, you’ll… Read More

Watch COM’s Undergraduate Convocation Live

The Boston University College of Communication will broadcast a live stream of its Undergraduate Convocation from Agganis Arena on Friday, May 19 starting at 9 a.m. at the link below. Watch the ceremony live.