Journal of Civic Media

A first-of-its-kind publication dedicated to robust civic media discourse and discussion.

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Our Fall/Winter ‘18 issue is available now.

The Journal of Civic Media is a twice-yearly, graduate student edited, peer-reviewed publication published by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. The focus of the journal is on the practices of using media and technology to facilitate democratic process, ranging from global digital platforms to community based media initiatives.

For its inaugural issue, the Journal of Civic Media centers its focus on Public Engagement in the Smart City. This first issue contemplates the value of a smart city as it is or should be determined by the people who live, work, learn or play there, drawing from critical traditions of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Mark Graham and Joe Shaw.


Featured in This Issue

Foreward by Eric Gordon, Founder & Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College

Introductory Letter by Lauren Stott, Founding Editor & 2018 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civic Media

Meaningful Transparency: Strategies for Accessible Algorithms in the Smart City by Jessica Weaver and Chris Bousquet

Equitable Cities Instead of Smart Cities: Race and Racism Within The Race For Smart Cities by Jenny Ungbha Korn

Can We Be Smart (City)? Learnings from a Citizen-Led Pop-Up Engagement Exhibit by Amy Zhou and Howard Tam

Simple Quadrant Graphs: A Step Toward Citizen-Focused Design Tools to Inform Smart City Data Policy by Neil Perry

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Call for Submissions

The Journal of Civic Media is coordinated and edited by graduate students in the Civic Media: Art and Practice master’s degree program at Emerson College. Columns are reviewed and published in alignment with a twice-yearly, themed editorial schedule.