Conference News: Jeanne Hall Tribute at UDC 2012

The Union for Democratic Communications is organizing a lunchtime memorial for longtime UDC member Jeanne Hall, who tragically and unexpectedly passed away on December 23, 2011 in State College, PA. Jeanne was an Associate Professor in the Media Studies/Film-Video department of Penn State’s College of Communications for 20 years, and was co-organizer of UDC conferences at Penn State in 2002 and 2010. She was a passionate believer in the cause of social justice and a dear friend of many members of UDC. The memorial will take place during the conference’s Saturday lunch from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm and will include a DVD slide show and a brief film tribute. Those present at the lunch are welcome to share their memories of Jeanne during the memorial.


Consider a donation to the Jeanne Hall fund.

Please read about Jeanne’s contributions to UDC, and consider a donation to the memorial fund that will help students attend the conference.

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UDC 2013

Call for the fall 2013 UDC Conference site! Please bring proposals to the UDC business meeting scheduled for Friday, May 11, at 5:30 pm, or contact Michelle Rodino-Colocino, UDC Steering Committee Chair, at

Registration is open!

Hello UDC 2012 Participants,

Registration for the 2012 UDC conference is now open! You must be a member of UDC to register for the conference. Membership is $75 for faculty/regular and $35 for student/low income.  If you have not yet renewed your membership or joined the organization, please visit

To register for the conference, please visit Read about our featured speakers here.

Accommodations include dorm rooms or the conference hotel, Marriott Residence Inn.  You can reserve a dorm room for $30 a night for a total of $90 (and find additional information about the dorm space, parking, etc.) when you register for the conference.  Please note that dorm registration will close at Midnight, May 2nd.  If you prefer the conference hotel, you can make reservations by calling 1-888-236-2427 and request a reservation under the Union for Democratic Communications Conference May2012 room block. Rooms are $99 a night. The cut-off date to make reservations at the Marriott is April 10, 2012. Additional information about other hotels in the area will be posted on our conference website,

Conference prices are as follows:

Early Bird until March 30

Student/Low Income: $100

Faculty/Regular: $150

March 30-April 27

Student/Low Income: $125

Faculty/Regular: $175

Late Registration April 28-May 9 and on site May 11 and 12

Student/Low Income: $150

Faculty/Regular: $200

Please be advised that there is a $15 registration cancellation fee.

Please continue to visit our conference website, , for additional information and announcements.

Contact us at if you have any questions, or you can call Jennifer Proffitt at (850) 644-8748.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tallahassee May 10-12!


The deadline for abstracts for this year’s conference has been extended to February 1, 2012.  Submit your abstract now!


The Dallas Smythe Award is given in memory of one of the great pioneers of the study of the political economy of communications and one of the great leaders in the struggle for democratic communications.  At each conference, the Union for Democratic Communications honors a critical media scholar/activist whose work exhibits the spirit of engagement, democracy, teaching, and feistiness to which the UDC is committed.

Past recipients of the Dallas Smythe Award include Robert McChesney, DeeDee Halleck, Herb Schiller, Tom Guback, Santiago Alvarez, Vincent Mosco, Eileen Meehan, Janet Wasko, Ed Herman, Peter Phillips, and Manju Pendakur.

The steering committee is soliciting nominations for the next award, to be presented at the 2012 conference in Tallahassee, FL, May 10-12.

Please send your nominations to Jennifer Proffitt at by November 1, 2011. Please include a description of your nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments.

CALL FOR PAPERS – UDC 2012 International Conference

The intersections of proliferating new media technology, economic inequality, and global environmental instability are producing new spaces for social and political agency, real and imagined.  From astroturf campaigns of corporate sponsored populist outrage to the very real popular anger at the economic stagnation of the middle class, politicians and pundits are leveraging fear, doubt, and denial to advance old world agendas at the very moment when new media technologies are opening new pathways for social organization, information and fact checking.  Further, in the face of economic restructuring and the continued dismantling of everything “public,” mainstream media outlets both celebrate the virtues of social media to liberate us from disinformation and domination and disseminate corporate ideology, misinformation, and distorted dichotomies in the name of objectivity.

The 2012 Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications seeks submissions that address the pressing issues manifested by climates of change.  For example, how are social media tools being used to liberate and/or enclose democratic participation?  What forces are structuring contemporary debates about global climate change and the cultural and economic impacts of policy decisions shaped by these debates?  What media and communication tools and strategies are social movements using to counter and confront obstruction, disinformation and denial?  How are mainstream media news frames challenged and reconfigured by new media news sources – blogs, Twitter, podcasts and citizen media?

Submit your 500 word abstract to by January 15, 2012, and join us in Tallahassee for the conference May 10-12, 2012.