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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.

Zelizer Delivers Plenary Keynote on Al Jazeera and Media Freedom in Crisis, Outlines New Center for Media at Risk

Journalism should be independent, transparent, unbiased, incorruptible, socially useful — a shiny marble pillar upholding the ideals of democracy.

Ideally, yes. But in reality, the fourth estate is part of a complicated and imperfect world. Journalism exists in stable democracies, fully authoritarian states, and everything in between. Media institutions are inextricably tied to politics, economics, law, education, security, religion, and the military.

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