The Center for Community Media (CCM) is a production, teaching and research center that aims to promote, develop, foster and support community access broadcasting to serve the digital information needs of the campus and Southland communities. We produce educational and local public service media with a focus on listening to and telling the compelling stories that connect local experience to state, national, and global issues.
Serving the mission and strategic plan of GSU through scholarly and co-curricular activities, we unite people to build trust, foster media literacy, support democratic engagement, increase civic awareness, and amplify the diverse voices of our community.
Media Across the Curriculum (MAC)
Supports the integration of media literacy, production, distribution, and community development across the curriculum.
Media Research Initiative (MRI)
Promotes and supports research projects that integrate or investigate media with a competitive academic year-long Fellowship. Emphasis is on developing projects seeking external funding and innovative applications.
The Southland Health and Wellness Hour podcast (SHWH)
Hosted and produced by Rhonda Jackson, the SHWH re-thinks, re-frames, and re-makes essential conversations together with community members and topical experts with community wellness as our goal.Learn more
Gretchen Jankowski, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Administrative Assistant, Division of Arts and Letters (Administrative Support)
Kerri Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of English,
Faculty Co-Lead, MAC
Administrative Assistant II CAS Dean,
Host and Producer, SHWH
Novia Pagone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literatures and Global Studies,
Interim Director, CCM and Faculty Co-Lead, MAC
Rebecca Siefert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art History,
Faculty Lead, MRI
Randall Weissman, M.A.
Faculty Advisor to the Phoenix Student News Bureau
Josh Young, M.F.A.
Director of Digital Learning and Media Design
Steven Addair is an Emmy nominated and award-winning filmmaker, Steven has spent 20 years as a director, producer, DP, writer and editor. His knowledge and expertise in digital cinema, VFX, animation, 3D and film has served numerous productions, ranging from studio feature films to large scale advertising campaigns. GSU Media Communication M.A. alumni (85’).
Steve Edwards is an experienced leader who has served in a variety of senior leadership and content creation roles in media, civic engagement, and higher education. Most recently, he was Chief Content Officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Chicago’s NPR News station and the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Serial, and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. During his tenure as Chief Content Officer, Steve led an ambitious increase in the organization’s commitment to original reporting and digital content, doubling the size of the newsroom, boosting investigative journalism, and increasing coverage of race, class, and communities.
Senior Engagement Manager and Growth Lead at Hearken. Recommended by Steve Edwards. She grew up in Richton Park (her grandfather, Rudy Banovich, served as the mayor in the 90s) and attended Marian Catholic H.S., was QuestBridge Scholar at UChicago, currently splitting her time between Ukraine and Chicago, her husband is in the seminary in Ukraine and has experience in public radio. She is invested in this area and is excited to get to work. In her capacity as an Advisory Board member, Summer joins CCM, SJI, and CPA as a facilitator at the Red Summer: Beyond Conversation community discussion on March 26, 2022.
Julian Green, is the 2nd Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs at Chicago Cubs responsible for directing the Chicago Cubs corporate and non-baseball communications efforts, while helping to bolster the team’s community relations efforts across the city.
Charles Jefferson Jr.
Charles Jefferson Jr. is the Director of Internal Communications at local high school in Chicago. He served as a staff advisor to the Columbia College Chronicle and has advised a high school newspaper and worked in the youth advocacy space. He currently does freelance journalism. In his capacity as an Advisory Board member he serves on the student media programming committee and advises the new GSUTV: The place for news, sports, and culture cable show which starts broadcasting on Homewood Public Access TV Comcast channel 19 on May 1, 2022.
Julie Keck, is the co-founder and Chief Development Officer at OTV Studio, has done independent television and film in Chicago and the U.S. Works on/in LGBTQ spaces, and has MBA from Vermont’s sustainable innovation program.
Natalie Bauer Luce
Natalie Bauer Luce, is the Public Affairs Strategist, Executive VP of Culloton + Bauer Luce Strategies, Chicago.
Micah Materre is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and the WGN News at Nine and Ten. Prior to being appointed anchor of the WGN News at Nine in 2009, she was co-anchor of WGN Midday News from January, 2003 to October, 2009.
Ignacio (Nacho) Sanchez Prado, Ph.D.
A professor in St. Louis well known for his podcasts, the multiple book series that he edits, and he promotion of translations of lesser-known Spanish-language writers.
Investigative journalist, with the specialty of research, access to public records and project leadership. My work has focused on the research and application of the right to information and data journalism, and explores the connection between journalism, academia and civil society.