MOB May Event



“New Media is Old Again”

Dr. Minebere Ibelema

  • Tuesday, May 17
  • 11:30 a.m. check-in and networking; 12:00 p.m. lunch and presentation
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Lunch will be served
  • $10.00 (RSVP required)

New Media is Old Again

Dr. Minebere “Berry” Ibelema, an associate professor in Communication Studies at UAB, will speak on how old media like Gutenberg’s press set the stage for the new technologies that have followed. Dr. Ibelema will focus on some of the old technologies and how they have been repackaged in some way for our convenience and ease.

Minabere Ibelema  is an Associate Professor, who teaches news and feature writing, as well as conceptual courses. His current research focus is on the press and democratization, with an emphasis on Africa. His book The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Research in 2009. He is the co-author of Afro-Optimism: Perspectives on Africa’s Advances (Praeger, 2003). He has published several research articles as book chapters or in journals, including Journalism & Communication MonographsFree Speech YearbookJournal of Development CommunicationNewspaper Research JournalJournal of Radio StudiesJournalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Current History. One of the essays was reprinted in Signs of Life in the USA: Readings in Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford Books, 1994).

His articles have also been published in major magazines and newspapers, including NewsweekEssenceThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Birmingham News. He has had journalistic stints as a copy editor or reporter atThe Birmingham NewsThe (Birmingham) Post-HeraldThe (Topeka) Capital-Journal, and The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, among other newspapers. He also writes a weekly column for the Sunday edition of one of Nigeria’s major dailies, The Punch.

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Please RSVP by 12:00 p.m. May 16

You must RSVP for this event–NO WALK-INS

Special thanks to our location sponsor The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


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