Audiences as Consumers, Audiences as Citizens

napoli300For decades, audience exposure to media was how media performance was measured in the commercial marketplace. Recently, the concept of audience engagement has eclipsed exposure. What does engagement mean, and how is it measured? For media initiatives with social, civic and cultural missions — which conceive of audiences as citizens, not just consumers — how might measures of engagement be adapted to measure impact? The talk launches the Lear Center’s new Measuring Media: Impact and Engagement series.

Philip M. Napoli, who has testified before Congress and the FCC on media policy issues, is a professor of communication and media management in the Graduate School of Business at Fordham University. His books include Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 4 pm
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Geoffrey Cowan Forum, Room 207