The Urban Communication Foundation
The Urban Communication Foundation was founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit (501 (c) 3) organization to promote and support research in urban communication, sponsor special seminars and special events, encourage young scholars, and reward outstanding contributions and perspectives.
Our Mission and Core Assumptions. The overarching mission of The Urban Communication Foundation is to (i) promote research that enhances society’s understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment; (ii) encourage collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners, and policy makers; (iii) support diverse research strategies; and (iv) recognize noteworthy scholarship in all related domains.
Our work in pursuit of the foregoing objectives is predicated upon a number of core assumptions, including the belief that traditional mass media channels continue to play a crucial part in the lives of residents and strongly influence their roles as citizens and neighbors. There is little doubt that the accelerated impact of communication technology is altering the relationship of community and neighborhood, or that the nature of the urban-suburban-rural transect has radically changed and redefined the values we apply to place and relationships. In short, the single most important principle that guides our work is that communication is the keystone of interaction and daily life; the city is a complex context that shapes, and is shaped by, communication.
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