Ernest Wilson’s Remarks-Acceptance as Chair of CPB Board of Directors

Washington, D.C.

Today in 2009, I want to suggest we are in a similar moment in history. The stars are aligned as perhaps they have never been since 1967 to really advance our cause. Then as now, we need to go beyond the present and reimagine, reinvigorate and expand our inherited vision.  Read More »

Where are J-Schools in Great Debate over Journalism’s Future?

Poynter, 2009

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III writes an Aug. 27 Poynter article stating that journalism schools and professors need to be involved in the debate over the future of news.


 Read More »

Digital Public Media - New Diversity or Same Old Boys Network?

Public broadcasters, in the midst of a transition to digital public media, have a great opportunity to lead the way towards a truly inclusive digital media landscape. This is essential because the American media system currently fails to reflect the diversity of the American people. Inequalities based on race, class, gender, age, and other factors limit Americans’ opportunities in all fields of life, and this is reflected in our media system in terms of ownership, employment, content, and other metrics.  Read More »

Digital Media, Modern Democracy, and Our Truncated National Debate

–And Communications for All, 2009

Closing the Global IT Capacity Gap

ECAR Symposium, December 4, 2008, Boca Raton, FL

IT success hinges increasingly on our capacity to create and sustain a senior leadership cadre (e-leaders) able to mobilize the most appropriate IT resources to advance organizational purposes. They must be able to integrate multiple factors into a single strategy. A number of key factors have combined to create a growing gap between the need for e-leaders and their current supply. Closing this gap requires fixing both coordination between senior organizational executives and their chief IT officers, and coordination between information and communication technology experts in government and those in private firms, universities, and nonprofits. This session will suggest essential individual competencies and organizational capacities required for success.

 Read More »

Governing Global Electronic Networks Conclusion

Governing Global Electronic Networks, 2008

Hard Power, Soft Power, Smart Power

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2008

This article pushes beyond hard power and soft power to insist on smart power, defined as the capacity of an actor to combine elements of hard power and soft power in ways that are mutually reinforcing such that the actor’s purposes are advanced effectively and efficiently. It argues that advancing smart power has become a national security imperative, driven both by long-term structural changes in international conditions and by short-term failures of the current administration. The current debates over public diplomacy and soft power suffer from failures to address conceptual, institutional, and political dimensions of the challenge, three dimensions the author addresses in this article. Read More »

Digital Media, Democracy, and Diversity: An Imperfect Discourse


Is There Really a Scholar-Practitioner Gap? An Institutional Analysis

American Political Science Association, January 2007

The relationship between scholars and practitioners is a continuing source of concern to both communities. Each side complains about the insularity of the other and routinely points to gaps that separate them. Read More »

CHINA ’S ROLE IN THE WORLD: Is China a Responsible Stakeholder in Africa?

Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2006
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing

There are few issues more vital to U.S. national interests than understanding and responding appropriately to the changing global role of the People’s Republic of China. Read More »