Future of Public Radio

C-SPAN, 2010
Los Angeles World Affairs Council

FCC Workshop – Ernest J. Wilson III

As part of its project on the Future of Media and the Information Needs of Communities, the Federal Communications Commission will hold a workshop on April 30, 2010 on noncommercial media entitled “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era.” Ernest J.Wilson III, Chair, Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be a panelist on “Framing Presentation: A 1967 Moment… A Vision for Public Media” at 9:15 a.m. with Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation.

Innovate Or Die

EDU TECH, 2010

EDU: What changes did you bring when you joined as the new Dean?
Ernest: We started with the idea of the ‘three Is’—innovation, impact and
internationalisation. Innovation because the field of media is dynamic. An
institution which provides media training to students must be innovative. It
was Gandhi who said that we must become the change we want to see in the
world. If we want our students to be innovative, then we (professors) must
also innovate. I thought of impact as the second ‘I’, because I wanted to
ensure that the school continued its commitment to impact the society in a
positive way. The third point is internationalisation. With the world becoming
more global, our students should be able to adjust to all cultures. Read More »

Google, China and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post, 2010

Sitting in the lobby of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, reading the front page of the local Economic Times, I was hit with a one-two-punch: the news that Google may quit the huge Chinese market in a dispute over serious cyber attacks to its facilities in the PRC, and the feeling that I was watching the opening salvo of a new, major trend in American foreign policy that has been quietly building for several years. Read More »

A Converging China?

Perspectives: China, Africa, and the African Diaspora, 2009

There are few issues more essential to long-term global stability than the integration of the People’s Republic of China into the world economic and political system. From Cold War pariah to international powerhouse, the country’s transition over the past 30 years has driven two parallel reactions among the world’s countries – admiration from the developing world and nervousness among developed countries. The developing world admires China for its economic success, a model of controlled yet entrepreneurial capitalism that provides for political stability. Coupled with the country’s closed-off domestic system, however, the behavior and intentions of the Communist Party continue to be viewed with suspicion by the world’s largest powers. In other words, we see unique and divergent evaluations of the same facts of China’s rise in the world. Read More »

What “They” (and We) Are Saying about “Us” on the World Wide Web

Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 2009

To finish up with another indictment, however, may I suggest “Where are JSchools in Great Debate over Journalism’s Future?” (on the Poynter Institute site) by
University of Southern California Annenberg School Dean Ernest Wilson? He argues, “the performance of journalism schools has something to do with the current sub-par performance of the profession,” because “those of us who lead journalism schools are responsible for training a goodly percentage of the people who made questionable decisions over the past decade….Medical school faculty regularly point to failures—and opportunities—to improve their training of physicians for the 21st century. Where is the visible counterpoint in journalism education?….To survive, journalism schools have to become much more intellectually and professionally ambitious.” Specifically, Wilson points out, “shocking economic illiteracy… marks too much of journalism education today, which makes it harder to get high quality economic reporting, while reinforcing the fire wall between the business and content sides of the profession….The popular claim that ‘we are all journalists now’ must be refuted….We ought to lead the charge for greater media literacy for all citizens.” Read More »

Remarks to Fudan Journalism School

Fudan University

Journalism and communications schools around the world are at an important crossroads in their existence. Some, like the Fudan School of Journalism, have existed for many decades; others are very new. Some combine journalism and communications, others have only one or the other. Some offer only graduate or undergraduate degrees, and they may be large research oriented institutions or small teaching schools. Read More »

“Innovations in Global Public Diplomacy: The Implications for Foreign Policy and National Security”

Presentation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, Taiwan

For those interested in the evolution of the practice and the profession of public diplomacy, we have arrived at an interesting moment in its history, a moment of innovation and adaptation. I wish to point to two trends in this global evolution, and then underscore several challenges they pose to the future of the field. One trend occurs at the global level, where several universal conditions are worth noting. The second trend is unfolding within the United States with the advent of the administration of President Barack Obama, which manifests some of the global trends but also presents unique elements worth noting. Read More »

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Renaming Speech

Annenberg Renaming

At the heart of our plan is one simple sentence that defines who we are: USC Annenberg 3.0 is an innovative, full-service school in a networked university in the most global city in the United States. Read More »

Eight Public Media 2.0 Projects That Are Doing it Right

PBS’ MediaShift, 2009

It’s official: “Public Media 2.0” has graduated from theory into practice.

“We believe that a successful broadband policy and implementation requires Public Media 2.0,” said Ernest Wilson, the new chair of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, at Friday’s unveiling of the Knight Commission’s new report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age. Echoing the report’s opening salvo, he stressed that, “The time has come for new thinking and aggressive action.” Or, as Ben Scott of Free Press put it in a later panel: the commission has provided a menu, and now it’s time for us to get in the kitchen and start cooking.  Read More »