Robert G. Picard
Robert G. Picard (born 1951) is an American writer and scholar.
One of the leading academic experts on media businesses and media policy economics, he is considered the father of the media economics studies (although he rejects the idea it is separate discipline, but rather economic perspectives applied to media). He has taught at both Harvard University and University of Oxford. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books including Handbook of the Economics of the Media, The Economics and Financing of Media Companies, Media Product Portfolios, Media Economics: Concepts and Issues, and Joint Operating Agreements: The Newspaper Preservation Act and Its Application.
He is North American Representative at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at University of Oxford, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,a fellow at the Information Society Project of Yale University Law School, author of the blog The Media Business, and was previously editor of the The Journal of Media Economics and Journal of Media Business Studies. He was formerly Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a research fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
Picard received a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri,a MA from Oxford University, a M.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. from Loma Linda University. He has been a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
He has previously been on the faculties of Louisiana State University, California State University, Fullerton, Turku School of Economics (Finland), and Jönköping International Business School (Sweden). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Shanghai University, and the University of Amsterdam, and Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal.
He chairs the World Media Economics and Management Conference, a biennial global gathering of scholars and practitioners. The 12th conference will be held in New York City in 2016. Previous conferences have been held in Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
He has consulted for media firms on four continents and provided testimony and consulting in court cases, congressional and parliamentary hearings, and administrative hearings in North America and Europe. He regularly works with media associations worldwide and is widely quoted in both the trade publications and the general press.
An annual award for the best published work was named after him by the Media Management and Economics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2000 and the European Media Management Education Association presented him it 2010 award for lifetime contributions to the field.