The ways people communicate, to whom, and to what effect are crucial elements of vibrant public life, democracy, and social relationships. Our contemporary world is defined by changing constellations of new technologies and traditional communication media. Faculty and student affiliates of the Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy engage in research, policy analyses, educational programs, and the development of digital information and network resources for citizens, scholars and journalists. CJMD extends work conducted for years at the UW Communication Department’s Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, or CCCE.


Learning Communities – As our model of learning through research has evolved, we have developed a number of sustained learning communities that involve faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and experts and practitioners from the local community and around the globe. These rewarding projects often extend research and classroom ideas into hands-on activities involving students, faculty, staff and various community organizations.