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Sue Robinson

Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism

School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Sue Robinson (PhD, Temple University, 2007) holds the Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism chair as a tenured, full professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She researches and teaches on digital networks, media ecologies, multimedia, social media, journalism studies and other communication topics. She was a reporter for 13 years before entering the academy. Her first book, Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities, came out in November 2017 with Cambridge University Press.


  • This talk will explore power and privilege in the digitized media ecologies of progressive cities. Her work documents the institutional and cultural obstacles that exist to amplifying all voices in these liberal places, while also detailing the strategies and opportunities to move forward and build trust in local communities.

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