International Center for Media & the Public Agenda

Knight Hall: Home to ICMPA & the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA), established in 2006, is a Washington, D.C.-area research center based at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and affiliated with the School of Public Policy, both at the University of Maryland, College Park.

ICMPA takes as its focus the study of global media and public policy; its projects investigate media’s roles and responsibilities in the public consideration of political issues.

Recent ICMPA research projects have included 24 Hours: Unplugged, a study of how U.S. college students use media and the world UNPLUGGED, a study of how1,000 students in ten countries on five continents struggled to go 24 hours without media and what they said about how they use — and are addicted to — media.

Other recent ICMPA studies have examined how media have covered global events, and have included (RE)framing Islam: Who’s Winning?, a study of how news outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom covered five years of presidential and parliamentary elections:  in 2010 and 2005 in Iraq, in 2009 in Afghanistan and Iran, and in 2008 in Pakistan.  Another study, Global Coverage of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’, conducted in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, examined international media coverage of the Park51 Mosque project in New York City.