Media, Inequality, and Change Center Hosts Launch Symposium

The MIC Center hosted a launch symposium, addressing the divide between democratic interests and corporate power, the public-interest media system we need and the corporate-interest one we have, and the needs of workers facing a tech-driven power structure that at times seems aligned against them.

Annenberg Presentations at ICA 2019

More than 75 faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff will present research at the International Communication Association’s 69th Annual Conference, to be held May 24-28 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

All Annenberg contributions to the conference are listed below, with panel name and room location.

Symposium Spotlights Political Cartoonists at Risk

Even among newspaper journalists, whose numbers declined 45% between 2008 and 2017, political cartoonists are an endangered species. Fewer than 40 staff editorial cartoonists remain in America, down from about 2,000 in 1900. Like all journalists, cartoonists have suffered from two decades of budget cuts to the American newsroom. But as purveyors satire whose irreverence glints the knife blade of truth to power — government, church, civic, and otherwise — their success only increases the incentive for the powerful to push for their elimination.

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Delivered the 2018 Annenberg Lecture

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson introduced him as one of the few polymaths she’s met in her life: “the contemporary Marshall McLuhan — without the jargon.”

As Chairman of the FCC from 2013-17, Tom Wheeler was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity. On November 15, Wheeler delivered the Annenberg School for Communication’s 2018 Annenberg Lecture, one of the school’s signature events.

Professional Development Day 2018: 11 Annenberg Alumni Return to Share Career Advice

Professional Development Day, hosted annually by the Annenberg School for Communication, brings back alumni to share career advice with current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This year’s event, held on September 22, was organized by graduate students Yasemin Celikkol, Megan Genovese, Yilang Peng, Jazmyne Sutton, Diami Virgilio, and Celeste Wagner, and Director of Graduate Student Professional Training Kim Woolf (Ph.D. ’10).

Penn Today: Q&A with Barbie Zelizer

The new Center for Media at Risk, led by Barbie Zelizer, will launch at Penn with a cross-disciplinary conference at Perry World House and the Annenberg School for Communication, April 19-21. The conference, “What is Media at Risk?,” will bring together media practitioners, scholars, and representatives from organizations that support media to share perspectives, examining political intimidation in the media, and how practitioners can resist it. 

Chelsea Manning Speaks at Penn on Technology, Government, and Activism

On November 29, the Annenberg School – in conjunction with seven other University of Pennsylvania departments and groups – hosted technology expert and activist Chelsea Manning for a conversation about the intersections between technology, government, and people’s lives. The event was moderated by Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University.


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