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.
"By having a word like collective… by saying that, you join as part of that collectivity.”
—Kate Zambon (Ph.D. ’18)
New digital technologies are remaking the way we live, changing the way passengers and goods move, and altering the way we connect with services. Today, as throughout history, just as new technology offers both hope for a better future, it also presents challenges to confront.
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.
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.
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, 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).
On April 19 - 21, the Annenberg School for Communication celebrated the launch of the Center for Media at Risk, which aims to study and counteract the way that practitioners of all forms of media have been harassed, silenced, and coerced by the rising tide of authoritarianism around the globe.
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.
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.