Community/radical/citizens’ media, Communication and Social Change, Citizens’ Journalism, Media in Latin America, War, Peace and Media, Representations of Gender, Class, Race in the Media, Environmental Communication
Dr. Clemencia Rodríguez is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. In her book Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a groundbreaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Based on fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers make their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians she wrote Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). In this book she explored how people living in the shadow of armed groups use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet to shield their communities from the negative impacts of armed violence. Currently she divides her time between Colombia and Philadelphia. In Colombia, her research centers on citizens’ media in post-conflict Colombia, with a new focus on environmental communication and how grassroots communities address the climate crisis with media and communication. In Philadelphia she explores the rich history and development of local community media, activist media, and youth initiatives that involve media, arts, and digital platforms. She teaches in the areas of media studies, communication and social change, and media in Latin America. As a member of the board of directors of the Independence Public Media Foundation she supports various community media initiatives in the greater Philadelphia region.