Communication Technology Update - Editors

August E. GrantAUGUST E. GRANT, PH.D.

Associate Professor, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
University of South Carolina



Dr. August E. ("Augie") Grant is a technology futurist who specializes in research on new media technologies and consumer behavior. He specializes in integrating both quantitative and qualitative research to provide a rich understanding of consumer behavior. In the past ten years, he has conducted or supervised more than 100 survey research projects. On the qualitative side, he has conducted more than 50 focus groups since 1998. He has written numerous journal articles and conference papers dealing with adoption and use of emerging communication technologies, broadband services, audience behavior, and theories of new media.

Dr. Grant is best known as Editor of Communication Technology Update, a semi-annual review of the latest developments in consumer electronics, telephony, electronic mass media, and satellite technology. The Update, currently in its tenth edition, is not only used extensively in industry, but has become one of the top-selling textbooks in the field of Communication Technology.

Dr. Grant has also been published in virtually every major academic journal in the communication field, including Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Media Economics, and Communication Research. The major theme of his research studies is the application of theory to understand practical problems and emerging phenomena in the communication industries.


Jennifer H. MeadowsJENNIFER H. MEADOWS

Associate Professor, Media Arts Option, Department of Communication Design
California State University, Chico.


Jennifer H. Meadows’ teaching and research integrate practical and theoretical concerns related to television production, the relationships between media and users, and changing media behavior in the new media marketplace. Dr. Meadows has published and presented papers at numerous conferences dealing with the use of new communication technologies, gender and technology, and the cable television industry. In addition to her teaching and research, she is a consultant to many different media organizations.

Dr. Meadows began as the assistant editor for the Communication Technology Update as a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin. She was promoted to co-editor for the 6th Edition and has been the co-editor for each subsequent edition including the 10th.