Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. From 1999 through the summer of 2007 he worked in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. Vaidhyanathan is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he maintains a blog, www.googlizationofeverything.com. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. Vaidhyanathan is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book. http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/faculty.nsf/prfhpbw/sv2r
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the media and communications program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she has been teaching since 2003. Schiffrin worked as a financial and business journalist for eight years. A former Knight-Bagehot Fellow, she was a bureau chief at Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and has worked as a reporter in Turkey, Pakistan, Spain and the U.K. She is the editor of several journalism manuals and textbooks. Her most recent book is on the media and the financial crisis. BAD NEWS: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century was published by the New Press in February 2011. http://conference.freepress.net/node/342
Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Malkia Cyril is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. With more than 15 years' experience as an award-winning organizer and communications leader, Malkia has helped to build dozens of local and national alliances, and is the author of numerous essays and articles on media, marginalization, and movement building. Malkia has appeared in award-winning documentaries such as Outfoxed, Broadcast Blues, and MissRepresentation, and spends an inordinate amount of time writing fiction and poetry when she should be sleeping.