Silvio Waisbord is Professor and Associate Director in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Previously, he was associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University (1995-2002), and director of the Journalism Resource Institute (2001-2002). He is the author of Reinventing Professional Journalism (Polity, forthcoming), Watchdog Journalism in South America (Columbia University Press, 2000), and El Gran Desfile (The Great Parade, Sudamericana, 1995), and co-editor of Global Health Communication (Wiley, forthcoming 2012), Media and Globalization: Why the State Matters (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Latin Politics, Global Media (University of Texas Press, 2002). He also wrote the novel Duelo (Biblos Argentina 2009). He was a fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication (1993-4), and the Media Studies Center (1998). His areas of interest are journalism and politics, and media and communication in aid, development and social change. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (University of California, San Diego) and a Licenciatura in Sociology (Universidad de Buenos Aires).

Florencia Enghel is a communicator: practitioner, consultant and academic. She specialises in Communication for Development and Social Change. She has worked in regional (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) and international (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), leading the editorial and publishing teams respectively and designing/implementing communication and networking initiatives. As a film producer, she developed participatory documentaries as well as international co-productions for theatrical release. She has extensive experience in e-learning and web-based collaboration. Since 2005 she edits “Glocal Times”, a communication for development web magazine. At present she is a PhD candidate in Media and Communication at Karlstad University in Sweden, with a focus on communication, citizenship and social change.

Jo Tacchi is Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation) at the RMIT School of Media and Communication.  Trained as a social anthropologist, with a Masters degree from the University of Sussex and a PhD from University College London, Jo has contributed to a growing field of media anthropology and media ethnography. Jo is an Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, and a Fellow of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Jo has developed methodologies that combine ethnographic principles with action research cycles (, and is the co-author of Action Research and New Media published in 2009 by Hampton Press. Her current work, mostly in South Asia, explores issues of voice and participation in relation to information and communication technologies (ICT), media and development.

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