Annenberg Lecturer Carlin Romano has been named an Inaugural Free Speech Fellow by the University of California's new National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. The Center, a project driven by UC President Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, seeks to catalyze attention to free-speech issues across the country. It will convene a major conference on such matters at its Washington headquarters in early 2019.
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation has named doctoral candidate Opeyemi Akanbi one of its 2018-19 National Fellows. She will receive its Ambrose Monell Foundation National Fellowship in Technology and Democracy.
Last week, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange awarded Annenberg Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang one of its prestigious doctoral fellowships. The award of $18,000 is designed to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations.
Over the past week, dozens of faculty and students traveled to Prague for the 68th annual International Communication Association Conference, held May 24-28 at the Hilton Prague.
More than 65 Annenberg faculty and students made presentations or participated in sessions, including some at preconferences held in Prague and Budapest.
Doctoral Students Stefanie Gratale and Revati Prasad received the James D. Woods Award at the 2018 Annenberg Graduation Ceremony. Given in memory of Annenberg graduate student James D. Woods, the award is granted to an outstanding graduate teaching assistant.
On Sunday, May 13, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual undergraduate graduation ceremony, honoring the Communication majors graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. This year's graduation speaker was alumna Ashley R. Parker (C'05). In addition to recognizing each graduate, Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini presented the following awards.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Penn has awarded doctoral candidate Samantha Oliver a 2018-19 Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
CTL Graduate Fellows are nominated for their teaching excellence by their schools or departments and then selected in a highly selective process by CTL from a strong pool of university-wide nominees. Between 10 and 14 fellows are typically chosen each year.
For the fifth consecutive year, FactCheck.org has won the Webby Award for best politics website from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The 22nd Annual Webby Awards honor excellence on the internet, including websites, advertising, apps, videos, and more.
The 2018 Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and from 70 countries. Three million votes were cast from 240 countries for the People’s Voice Award in each category, which is determined by popular vote.
Faculty Research Associate and Annenberg alumna Jessica Fishman (Ph.D. ‘01) is the recipient of the 2018 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Death Makes the News: How the Media Censor and Display the Dead (NYU Press). The award will be presented at the 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention later this month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.