Kent Wilkinson, a professor and director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, has been selected to serve on the research committee for the World Media Economics and Management Conference (WMEMC) set for May 6-8, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Wilkinson is one of only four U.S. scholars chosen to serve on the 18-member research committee.

“It’s a distinct honor to be selected to serve on the research committee for a truly international organization whose goals and achievements are so closely related to Texas Tech’s QEP,” Wilkinson said.

The WMEMC, established in 1994, gathers scholars from around the world to discuss economic and management issues of media industries and films. It will examine the business, management and leadership strategies, tactics and policies of global media companies to gauge their effectiveness and relevance as international digital media companies displace traditional media.

The research committee will be responsible for vetting and electing the papers that will be presented during the conference and also advises the WMEMC leadership on trends in research and practice of international media economics and management.

In addition to leading the Harris Institute, Wilkinson serves as the editor of the International Journal of Hispanic Media and served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, in 2016.

“That connection has allowed me to learn, and apply in my teaching and research, more about media economics and management,” Wilkinson said. “It has also expanded the scope of contacts and research collaboration for the Harris Institute.”

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