Communications and Media Studies (CMS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to educate Tufts students about mass media and communications within a liberal arts curriculum. Thirty years after its inception, the program continues to focus on the role of media in the United States and internationally. In an era in which knowledge about people and events comes primarily from mass media and social media, responsible citizens increasingly need to understand the historical, social, and cultural significance of film, print, digital, and electronic media.
Through its three minor degrees, core courses, internship program, campus events, and support of related courses in other departments, the program stresses an interdisciplinary and experiential understanding of the impact of mass communications on individuals, institutions, and cultures. It promotes critical thinking skills, media literacy, and exposure to a wide range of perspectives on media and society.
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Film Studies Minor
Photos from the 9th Annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism
April 14, 2014
Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group joined us for this year's Murrow Forum. Interviewed by Jonathan Tisch, A76, Huffington spoke about how technology is changing the way we communicate and disseminate news. "Millions of people are now bearing witness around the world," she told an audience of about 350 students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. Huffington said the totality of these accounts contains immense power and potential - having the ability to topple governments, intitutions, and individuals. Yet there's also enourmous potential, she said, for us to reaffirm our humanity through stories of courage and compassion, some of which are now the most widely read pieces on The Huffington Post.
Huffington founded the news aggregator in 2005, and has since helped to transform it into one of the most influential media outlets in the world.
Huffington's latest book, Thrive, was released in March. After the event, she met with students from TUTV, WMFO Radio, The Tufts Daily and the Tufts Observer, for a student-only press conference, where she answered questions about her past experiences and her opinions on the state of news today.
You can read Gail Bambrick's coverage of the event on Tufts Now by clicking here, as well as this piece in Boston Magazine.