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.
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.
More than 65 faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff will present research at the International Communication Association’s 68th Annual Conference, to be held May 24-28 in Prague.
Lik Sam Chan has been named the 2018-20 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication.
Felicity Paxton, Annenberg Lecturer and Director of the Penn Women’s Center (PWC), is a 2018 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty. Two non-standing faculty members are recognized each year from across the University, one from a health related program and one from a non-health related program. Paxton will officially receive her award on Wednesday, April 25.
One of the recurring media narratives about the nature of science today is that it is “broken” or “in crisis.” In the mainstream press, some stories about the failure to reproduce study results or the rising retraction rate or incidents of scientific fraud have been accompanied by assertions about a “systemic crisis” in areas of science — or in science itself.
Leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, probabilistic forecasting — which presents polling data as the percentage likelihood that Candidate A will win over Candidate B — was mentioned an average of 16 times per day in cable news broadcasts. Instead of predicting Hillary Clinton would win 60% of the vote, the probabilistic forecasts said she had a 70-99% chance of winning the election.
John L. Jackson, Jr. has been named as the next dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, effective January 1, 2019. Jackson, a faculty member at Annenberg since 2006, is currently the Dean of Penn's School for Social Policy and Practice.
The University of Pennsylvania announced this morning that the eminent Communication scholar and Annenberg School for Communication Emeritus Professor Elihu Katz will be receiving an honorary doctor of sciences degree at the University’s 2018 Commencement on May 14.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.