Radio, Television, and Digital Media Professor Receives Research Grant

Southern Illinois University



Radio, Television, and Digital Media Professor Receives Research Grant

June 12, 2020

Lisa Brooten, Professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media, was recently selected for an ASEAN-sponsored (Association for Southeast Asian Nations) Fulbright research grant. In partnership with local academic host institutions, Brooten will do research for six months in three countries — Myanmar Thailand and the Philippines. The research will allow Brooten to complete her next book, a comparative case study of media reform efforts in these three countries

Brooten’s project is entitled Promoting “people-centered” and socially responsible media: Comparing media reform efforts in Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar.In response to ASEAN concerns withincreased military, political, economic and technological aggression in Southeast Asia and worldwide, and its goals of democratization, freedom and good governance as necessary antidotes, this project focuses on local groups working to promote media reform in these three countries. These change agents’ voices are rarely centered in academic research on media and political change, which tends to focus on the state and legal reforms. Analysis of the similarities and differences in challenges facing media advocates in these different national contexts provides a fresh lens through which to examine media’s role in the region. The research will highlight the work already being done by advocates to develop the more diverse and independent media they feel is vital to improving the economic, political and cultural health of their societies, the key challenges they face, and guidance for how policymakers can support these efforts.