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New Meta-Analysis Shows Peer Influence Doubles the Risk Adolescents Will Smoke

Teens from collectivistic cultures also more swayed by peers than those in individualistic cultures.

The way things stand now, tobacco use will kill one billion people in the 21st century. In the United States, 90% of smokers pick up the habit by age 18, making adolescence a critical time for smoking prevention efforts.

Jamieson Named a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard for Fall 2017

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School, has been named a Fall 2017 Fellow by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School.

Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), will explore the role of the press in reinforcing norms of democratic discourse during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Among the issues Jamieson plans to examine are:

Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication Releases CARGC Paper 6

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication Press (CARGC Press) is pleased to present CARGC Paper 6, “Emergent Voices and Evolving Agendas: Writing Realities in Cuba’s New Media Landscape,” by CARGC Undergraduate Fellow Mariela Morales-Suárez.

Undergrads Explore Chinese Media Landscape with Penn Media Scholars in China

Penn Media Scholars in China (PMSC), a new summer institute directed and led by Professor Guobin Yang, recently took eight Penn undergraduate students to Beijing and Hangzhou to study media industries, institutions, and citizens’ everyday media practices.

From June 5-30, PMSC gave students a first-hand understanding of the rapidly growing and developing media industry in China through site visits, interactions with media professionals, and conversations with students.

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.

Study Finds Fact-checking Videos Better Than Text at Correcting Misinformation

At a time when fact-checkers are proliferating around the globe and experimenting in format and tone, a new study looks at whether text or video is more effective in correcting misinformation – and whether humor helps.

The result? Both funny and non-humorous fact-checking videos were considered “more interesting and understandable” than a comparable print-based fact-checking story, according to the study published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.


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