Communication director receives media management award

Gregory Ferrell Lowe, director of the Communication Program, was recognized for his contributions in scholarship, leadership, and community development in the field of media management. 

An award for leadership and media management in academia was received by the director of the Communication Program at Northwestern University in Qatar. 

Gregory Ferrell Lowe was recognized by the European Media Management Association (EMMA) for his contributions in scholarship, leadership, and community development in the field of media management.  

The 2018 Award for Excellence in Media Management Scholarship and Practice is awarded annually by the association, an international academic organization that supports the development of media management research throughout the world. 

“Professor Lowe’s expertise in the field of media management and his involvement in its global development has been – and continues - to be recognized by his peers,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO. “His experience in media management will play a key role as NU-Q continues to enhance its curriculum and develop new courses that incorporate new research in the field.”

As a prominent scholar and professional in the field of media management, Lowe has decades of experience in both academe and corporate media management. Prior to joining NU-Q, Lowe was a professor of media management at the University of Tampere in Finland. He also taught at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has held visiting appointments at the Vienna University of Applied Sciences, Jönköping International Business School in Sweden, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of Tallinn in Estonia, and the University of Westminster in the U.K. 

Lowe has also served as a senior advisor for corporate strategy and development at Yle Finland, the country’s national public broadcasting company.

“The award came as a complete surprise, and is certainly an honor that I will cherish,” said Lowe. “EMMA is the only incorporated association in the field of media management and economics, and has played a leading role in its development over the past 15 years."

In announcing the award, EMMA President Ulrike Rohn said that Lowe “has significantly contributed to the research and development of European public service broadcasting.” She added that Lowe, “feeds our self-understanding and reflections on our scholarship by setting topics and asking – as he did, for instance, in the book that he edited with Charles Brown – What’s so special about media management?” 

Lowe, who was named director of the Communication Program in March, holds a PhD in radio-television-film from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in mass communication from Ohio State University. He is the author of 10 edited books and eBooks, and has published extensively on topics such as managing firms and public service media, media finance, cross-border network issues, convergence, and the challenges for theory development in the field.