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Gretchen King

Program:

Multimedia Journalism

Position:

Assistant Professor, Communication and Multimedia Journalism

Contact Data:

Email: gretchen.king@lau.edu.lb
Website: www.gretchenk.net
Office: Nicol Hall 219D - Ext: 1374
Beirut Campus

Degrees:

PhD, Communication Studies, 2016, McGill University (Canada)
M.A., Anthropology, 2002, Syracuse University, Syracuse (USA)
B.A., Ethnomusicology, 1999, University of Washington, Seattle (USA)

  • Professor of Multimedia Journalism and Communication at Lebanese American University, Dr. Gretchen King also serves as the Director of Pedagogy and Curriculum Design at LAU’s Institute for Media Research and Training, where she serves as advisor and co-facilitator of the “Rally against Apartheid” educational initiative. An award-winning journalist, Dr. King served as news director at CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal for ten years for which she was presented the Community Radio “Legend”/Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 presented by the National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada. Dr. King co-founded numerous multimedia initiatives, including “Radio Free Palestine” an international, twenty-four hour radio broadcast that marks the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. Dr. King also helped to co-found the Community Media Advocacy Centre in 2015, and where she continues to act as a research consultant. Her scholarship focuses on nonprofit, Indigenous, and community media research, policy, teaching, and practice; journalism studies; critical audience studies; feminist and gender studies; alternative media and community radio in the regions of North America, North Africa, and West Asia.

    • King, Gretchen (2020). Radical media education practices from social movement media: Lessons from teaching and learning in Lebanon. In Frau‐Meigs, D., Kotilainen, S., Pathak‐Shelat, M., Hoechsmann, M., and Poyntz, S.R. (eds) The Handbook on Media Education Research (pp. 441-448). Oxford, UK: Wiley‐Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119166900.ch40
    • King, Gretchen (2020). Disrupting Settler Colonialism and Oppression in Media and Policy-Making: A View from the Community Media Advocacy Centre. In Jeppesen, S., and Sartoretto, P., (eds) Media Activist Research Ethics (pp. 109-129). Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44389-4_6
    • King, Gretchen and Rahemtullah, Omme-Salma (2019). Community radio contradictions in Canada: Learning from volunteers impacted by commercialising policies and practices. Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 4(4), pp. 20–36. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1386/joacm_00064_1
    • Landry, Normand; King, Gretchen; Brin, Colette; Giasson, Thierry; and Letellier, Anne-Sophie (2019). WHITE PAPER - Ending fake news: The future of media education policies and practices. Montreal: TELUQ. Retrieved from https://media-education2018.teluq.ca/en/
    • Albinati, Chris; Bonin-Labelle, Geneviève; Buddle, Kathleen; Gagnon, John; King, Gretchen; Szwarc, Julia (2019). Recommendations for a New Consultation Process and Policy for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting - Final Report. University of Ottawa. Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/39010
    • King, Gretchen and Marouf, Laith (2018). Radio Free Palestine: A model for cross-border solidarity broadcasting. World Forum of Free Media Publication. Intervozes: São Paulo. Retrieved from: https://www.ritimo.org/Radio-Free-Palestine-A-Model-for-Cross-Border-Solidarity-Broadcasting
    • King, Gretchen (2017). History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, or a Brief History of Community Radio. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 12(2), pp.18–36. Retrieved from: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.227
    • King, Gretchen; Albinati, Chris; Khoo, Anabel; Moores, Candace; & Tunsistra-Harris, Jacky (2016). GroundWire: Growing Community News Journalism in Canada. In Gasher, Mike; Brin, Colette; Crowther, Christine; King, Gretchen; Salamon, Errol; & Thibault, Simon (Eds.), Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
    • Gasher, Mike; Brin, Colette; Crowther, Christine; King, Gretchen; Salamon, Errol; & Thibault, Simon (Eds.) (2016). Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
    • Couture, Stephane; King, Gretchen; Toupin, Sophie; and Lentz, Becky (February 2016). Can Media and Technology Help Make “Another World Possible”? Reflections from the Media@McGill Research Delegation to the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisi [Research-in-Brief]. Canadian Journal of Communication, 41(1): 157-167. Retrieved from: http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3056/2826
    • King, Gretchen (2015). Valuing community radio listeners: a story-telling approach for community media audience research. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 12(2): 121-146. Retrieved from: http://www.participations.org/Volume%2012/Issue%202/7.pdf
    • King, Gretchen (2015). Community Radio as Civic Media: The case of Radio al-Balad 92.4 FM in Amman, Jordan. Case study for the launch of the Civic Media Project and The Civic Media Reader. Scalar: MIT Press. Retrieved from: Retrieved from: https://medium.com/civic-media-project/community-radio-as-civic-media-the-case-of-radio-al-balad-92-4fm-in-amman-jordan-bee11682f07f
    • King, Gretchen (2014). Speak2Tweet: Archiving the Egyptian Revolution? InCirculation, Volume 4, To Participate: Global and Spatial Perspectives published by the Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University. Retrieved from: https://web.archive.org/web/20170508105004/http://www.incirculation.ca/speak2tweet/ 
    • King, Gretchen (2012). Social Movement Media – CUTV in a Special Issue: Out of the mouths of “casseroles” for Wi: Journal of mobile media published by York and Concordia Universities. This article was cross-published by J-Source as CUTV: A media player in the Montreal student movement. Retrieved from: http://wi.mobilities.ca/social-movement-media-cutv/
    • Langlois, Andrea and King, Gretchen. (2010). Amplifying Resistance: Pirate Radio as Protest Tactic. In. A. Langlois, R. Sakolsky & M. van der Zon (Eds.), Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada (pp. 101-115). Vancouver: New Star Books. Retrieved from: http://www.newstarbooks.com/pdfs/books/9781554200504-Resistance-web.pdf
    • Advisor and and co-facilitator for the “Rally against Apartheid,” an independent educational initiative co-organized with the Institute of Media Research and Training at Lebanese American University. Offering free workshops and training sessions that are delivered by professionals and accessible to the LAU community and the public, the Rally’s critical media literacy programming aims to develop strong counter-narratives and pedagogies that debunk dominant Zionist narratives, and to cultivate skills that transform counter narratives into digital media. URL: https://archive.org/details/RallyAgainstApartheid
    • Technical Director for “Radio Free Palestine,” aired on May 15th to commemorate the anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakbah and resistance to Israeli Apartheid. Radio Free Palestine features 24 hours of programming from radio stations and producers across 5 continents. URL: http://www.RadioFreePalestine.org
    • Co-founder and producer for “GroundWire Community Radio News.” Since 2008, GroundWire is Canada's only collaborative, non-hierarchical, and participatory news program covering social justice beats and syndicated on over 20 radio stations. URL: http://www.groundwirenews.ca/
  • RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

    • King, Gretchen (July 2020). Media and information literacy as a defense against privacy and data protection infringements. Speaker for a webinar hosted by UNESCO and the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy on July 2nd. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/MILCLICKS/videos/2718215398436560/
    • King, Gretchen (November 2019). Echoes of Indymedia: Infrastructures of resistance. Panel presentation part of OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios 2019 in Brussels, organized by Université Libre de Bruxelles and Universiteit Antwerpen on November 27th.
    • King, Gretchen and Odartey-Wellington, Felix (June 2019). Mobilizing knowledge to transform media governance. Paper presentation at the Canadian Communication Association annual conference, part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on June 4th.
    • King, Gretchen and Vaz Cabral Filho, Adilson (July 2018). The Commercialization of Community TV in Brazil and Canada: Social Movement Media Challenges and Opportunities. Paper presentation at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) annual conference held June 20-24, in Eugene, Oregon.
    • King, Gretchen (June 2018). Ending Fake News – Strengthening news literacy and political participation through deliberative methodologies that influence the future of media education. Paper presentation at the Canadian Communication Association Conference May 30 - June 1, part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, hosted by University of Regina.
    • King, Gretchen (May 2018). Strategizing for the Future of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Policy Reform in Canada. Participant in roundtable discussion held at the Canadian Communication Association Conference May 30 - June 1, part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, hosted by University of Regina (Canada).

     

    AWARDS:

    • King, Gretchen (2011). Community Radio “Legend”/Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
    • King, Gretchen (2009). Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Current Affairs or Magazine Show: “Off the Hour,” aired on CKUT-FM, Montreal. Awarded by the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
    • King, Gretchen (2009). Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Special Programming: “Radio Free Palestine,” aired on CKUT-FM, Montreal. Awarded by the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
    • King, Gretchen (2003). Standard Radio Awards for Excellence in Community Broadcasting for National Initiatives: “The Homelessness Marathon.” Awarded by the National Campus and Community Radio Association.