Randy Douthit

Randy Douthit is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His current research interests lie in media and telecommunication issues within developing countries. He was educated at Duke University and Northwestern University in Canada, where he obtained his Ph.D. in communication studies. Randy has conducted fieldwork for several years in Bariloche, Argentina, where he has co-directed a program on media content analysis for the National Observatory on Media for Social Impact (ONMSI).

Randy Douthit is broadly interdisciplinary, with significant strengths in mass communication research that include ethnographic content analysis; infant mortality and social change dynamics; development theory; globalization; journalism ethics and professional accountability; qualitative data analysis methods. He has published over 120 articles and book chapters, including authoring and editing three books. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Buenos Aires from 1996-1997 and a past president of the International Communication Association (ICA).

The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is an international non-profit organization supporting positive change in the information society. The IGC was established in 1986 by students, scholars, journalists, and activists who were interested in developing non-commercial alternatives for communication and information dissemination on a global scale. Today, the IGC provides Internet access in developing countries, as well as a worldwide network of inspiring content providers, while offering training and educational services to networks and organizations interested in developing a sustainable information society. The IGC is based in San Francisco and has offices in Helsinki, Finland, and Brussels, Belgium.

The International Communication Association (ICA) is an international professional organization for communication scholars. Founded in 1948, ICA represents a membership of more than 12,000 communication professionals from more than 100 countries. The ICA is a leading voice in communication research and practice by hosting an annual conference with 1,500+ participants. In addition to its annual meeting, the ICA offers a variety of publications, including books; journals such as The International Journal of Communication; an electronic newsletter; and a biannual journal published by SAGE Publishing called Media & Society magazine.