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Susan Moeller
Susan Moeller is director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and a professor in the schools of Journalism and 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 fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Fulbright professor in Pakistan and Thailand.

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. 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.

Moeller's son, Walden Moeller-Davis, is a student at Yale and a video blogger for Huffington Post. Her daughter, Sethly Davis, a student at Johns Hopkins, is also a blogger for Huffington Post.

Entries by Susan Moeller

What Super Bowl Photos Will You See Monday Morning? Hint: Most Won't Be of the Game

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:19 PM

When media are covering a championship game, only half of the photographs they publish are of the game itself, according to a new ICMPA study of the photographic coverage of Super Bowl XLVII and the NCAA men's basketball championship.

Beyoncé Won the Super Bowl

In last year's Super...

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Born Digital, But Still Living in a Limited World?

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 3:48 PM

The Three Ways the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Can Change Your Kid's Life


2013-08-23-Lennonbusscreen.jpgThis is the generation of the World of Warcraft, where one's avatar can fly across the planet of Azeroth to take...

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Compassion Fatigue About Syria... Already?

(15) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 3:29 PM


A global catastrophe has risen to the world's consciousness because of photo documents of it.

But are the images too horrible to look at? Are we already turning away?

While the war in Syria has...

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A 9/11 for College Students: Remembering Boston

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:18 AM


The Boston bombing is my students' 9/11. For most, it is their personal introduction as adults to terrorism.

My college students were in second or third or fourth grade in September 2001, and most of them remember...

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New Study: How Photos on Pinterest Predicted the Election

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:32 AM

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog nailed the numbers on election night. But had you been keeping up with Pinterest, you would also have seen strong data suggesting that President Obama never lost significant momentum and was on track to win a second term.

Nate Silver is all...

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NEW STUDY: Mobile Phones Put the 'Social' in Social Media

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 6:09 PM

"Because I am on my phone I will not pay attention to the people around me or especially the traffic around me. I feel like my mobile device often takes me out of the real world and into a completely different one." -- U.S. college student

When was the last...

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New Study: Global News Sites Poorly Covered the Olympics in Photos

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:20 PM

2012-08-24-Olympixlogo2.jpg With Megan Fromm

Many of the world's major news outlets covered the 2012 London Olympics, one of the most visually engaging events of the year, in surprising -- and surprisingly lackluster -- ways.

A new study of...

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New Study: College Students Show Little Interest in Politics This Election Year

(17) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 7:00 PM

written with Elia Powers

College students today are apathetic about politics and seeking little news about the presidential election.

In a study conducted this spring of 200 undergraduates led by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland, students...

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Sacrificing to 'Have It All': Four Extraordinary Women Explain How to Balance Work and Family

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:09 AM

It's not only Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, who has recognized that even women at the top can't "have it all," as detailed in her cover story in The Atlantic.

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Worldwide, Students Suffer From Internet 'Addiction'

(10) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 5:34 PM

"I sat in my bed and stared blankly." "My nerves were overwhelmed." "I had a raised heart rate, increased anxiety and was panicking." "It felt as though I was being tortured." "Emptiness overwhelmed me."

How would you feel if you had to go without media for 24 hours? A thousand...

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Media Lit 101: The Aspen Institute -- Photoshopping Madeleine Albright & Condi Rice

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 11:31 PM

Imagine you are Walter Isaacson.

You are the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, "a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC," (according to its own website). You were previously the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. You...

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Media Lit 101: WikiLeaks -- Espionage or Journalism?

(24) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 12:40 PM

with Megan E. Fromm

If you have to ask, it's probably time to revisit your high school journalism class. Oh, sorry. You can't. It's been eliminated.

As the world media debates whether Julian Assange is a cyber-terrorist or the next Daniel Ellsberg, and the U.S. government scrambles...

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Media Lit 101: A Guinness Record We Don't Want

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 5:58 PM

Today another world record is in the bag for Iraq. This time, it's the country to go the longest - 208 days - between holding a parliamentary election and forming a government. (The Dutch were the previous record holders, dating back to 1977 when attempts to...

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Media Lit 101: Naomi Campbell, gifts of jewelry and how to help Africa

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 12:50 PM

Bling is once again in the news. Blood diamonds, of course, and the stories are all the more sensational for featuring a supermodel and one of the world's most heinous leaders.

It's hard to know how to understand what has been going through the mind of supermodel Naomi Campbell...

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Media Literacy 101: A Study to Help Moms Tell If Their College Student Loves Them

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 10:06 AM

Want insight into your relationship with your son or daughter at college?

Take a look at 24 Hours: Unplugged, a new study out today about how 18-22 year olds use media.

The research from the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) concludes that most...

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Media Literacy 101: Fast iPad and Slow Journalism (Lessons learned from Gaming)

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 9:08 AM

I used to live in Boston, and as anyone from Bahsten will tell you, the iPad is "wicked fast." But what I'm increasingly thinking about is how great the tablet will be for "slow journalism."

By now most folks have heard of "slow food": the movement that...

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Media Literacy 101: The iPad... & What the World Really Needs Now (Meaning "Today")

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 5:24 PM

Ok, hands-down, the hottest tech story of the day (month? year?) was Steve Jobs' iPad roll-out demonstration. The traffic from all those in the tech world who couldn't get in to see the show in person practically shut down the seemingly zillion live blogs that were covering the rock-star-ish event....

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Media Literacy 101: The Doritos Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 12:13 AM

Today's your last chance to win a million bucks. The clock is ticking.

Don't throw your money away on a lottery ticket. Instead just write, shoot and submit a Super Bowl XLIV commercial for Doritos by midnight central time today (Monday, November 9th.)

If you make...

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Media Literacy 101: Losing Our Ability to Listen to the World (in English)

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 6:50 PM

The online world as Americans know it is about to change. Big time.

The decision to allow Web addresses to be written completely in non-Latin alphabets, taken by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, (ICANN), the international organization that oversees Internet domain names, is not just...

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Media Literacy 101: Of Mothers, Pakistan, Suicide Bombs, and Track II Diplomacy

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 3:48 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After sending a text message to say "I'm fine," what do you tell family, friends and colleagues back home about the place you're in that has just been struck by a suicide bomb that has made front-page news around the world?

I'm puzzled about what to say...

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