This area of research focuses on the relationship between civic media (media created with the intent of civic participation) and self-empowerment, agency, and civic engagement within historically marginalized populations. Throughout the project descriptions below, you will see a variety of similar terms used: civic media, participatory media, community media, and citizens’ media. My examination of these type of media consistently examined their relationship with civic engagement.

Presentations

Vincent, C., Gordon, E., Koenig Richards, C., Lyons, M., Mihailidis, P., & Rhinesmith, C. (2016). Technology, Civic Participation and Social Change: Exploring Civic Media Across Practice, Research and Pedagogy. Seminar presented at the National Communication Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA November 2016.

Vincent, C. (2015). Civic Studies Panel: Continuum of Civic Action. Panel presented at Frontiers of Democracy. Boston, MA June 2015.


Salem Civic Media Project

SSU students enrolled in MCO 220 Media Literacy and 3rd-5th graders in the Salem Public School District collaborated to co-create civic media (e.g., videos, apps, digital comics, websites, etc.) that highlight diversity and address social justice issues in the Salem community. This research was conducted to better understand how creations of civic media, like multimodal narratives, can engage youth in civic practices and bring a community together to confront and deliberate their own internalization of discriminatory actions and beliefs.

Grants
2016 Salem State University Seed Grant ($3,000)

2016 AEJMC Mass Communication & Society Service-Learning Award ($500)

2016 Salem State University Council on Teaching and Learning Summer Grant ($1,000)

Presentations

Vincent, C. & Jeffrey, J. (2018). Creating Agents of Change through Civic Media Production, Critical Media Literacy and Experiential Learning. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference. Washington, D.C. August 2018.

Vincent, C. (2017). Students as Civic Agents: Civic Education, Media and Service-Learning. General interest session presented at Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. Baltimore, MD June 2017.

Vincent, C., & Jeffrey, J. (2017). Students as Civic Agents: Applying Civic Education through Media Literacy and Experiential Learning. Paper presented at the Northeast Media Literacy Conference. New Britain, CT February 2017.

Vincent, C. (2016). Celebrating Diversity Through the Salem Public School District Civic Media Project. Paper presented at Boston Civic Media: Design, Technology, Social Impact. Boston, MA June 2016.


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Doctoral Dissertation

Can You Spare Some (Social) Change? Participatory Media as Catalysts for Change in Poor and Homeless Communities

My dissertation analyzed the role of participatory media processes in increasing self-empowerment and a sense of agency for people living in poverty and homelessness. I used a combination of comparative media analysis and multi-sited ethnographic approach in a critical theoretical framework. For the ethnographic research, two case studies of community media and civic engagement were used: POOR Magazine in San Francisco, CA and the Sanctuary Women’s Development Center in Oklahoma City (OKC), OK.

Award

2014 Alice Mary Robertson Award ($1,000)

Publications

Vincent, C. (2016). Towards a Re-conceptualization of Lumpenproletariats: The Collective Organization of Poverty for Social Change Through Participatory Media. The Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 1, p. 70-83.

Vincent, C. (2013). POOR Magazine and Civic Engagement through Community Media. In R.A. Lind (ed.), Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audience, Content, and Producers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Presentations

Vincent, C. (2018). Catalysts for Action: A Civic Media Model of Participatory Engagement. Paper presented at International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Eugene, OR June 2018.

Vincent, C. (2015). Civic Media Creation via Media Literacy Education and Participatory Media Production in Communities of Poverty. Paper presented at International Media Education Summit. Boston, MA November 2015.

Vincent, C. (2015). Participatory Media as Catalysts for Change: Communicating the Intersectional Experiences of Women in Poverty. Paper presented at 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference. Northampton, MA September 2015.

Vincent, C. (2015). Resistance Journalism: Expression, Self-Empowerment, and the Creation of Counternarratives on Poverty Through Community Media. Panel presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. San Francisco, CA August 2015.

Vincent, C. (2014). Towards a Re-conceptualization of Lumpenproletariats: The Collective Organization of Poverty for Social Change via Participatory Media. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. Montréal, Quebec August 2014.

Vincent, C. (2012). Language of Struggle: POOR Magazine and the Re-appropriation of “Poor” Language. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference. Orlando, FL November 2012.

Vincent, C. (2011). POOR Magazine and Civic Engagement through Community Media. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Honors Doctoral Seminar. Fargo, ND July 2011.

Vincent, C. (2011). Community Media and Processes of Civic Engagement. Paper presented at International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Istanbul, Turkey July 2011.