New Democracy & Information Group Studies Political Communication

How do political communication and other forms of information affect a civil society? How does political polarization impact information sharing, voting, and other parts of American democracy?

The Democracy & Information Group (DIG), a newly established working group led by Professor Yphtach Lelkes, aims to answer these questions. The group brings together graduate students interested in researching topics related to political communication, particularly how new media impact polarization and incivility.

Annenberg Faculty and Alumni Join Journal of Communication Editorial Board

Among the most prestigious journals in the field of Communication, the Journal of Communication publishes the best Communication scholarship, including interdisciplinary research. Nine Annenberg alumni and one faculty member recently assumed editorial roles at the Journal of Communication, the flagship journal of the International Communication Association.

Dean Delli Carpini and Lenfest Institute Issue New Report on Information Needs and Habits of Philadelphians

Despite the disruptions affecting journalism business models, shrinking newsroom resources, and growing local news deserts, Philadelphia residents say they are often overwhelmed with the amount of information that they get on a daily basis, according to a new report published today by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

In Cyberwar, Jamieson Argues Russians Helped Secure Trump’s Victory

The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. Were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Trump has denied it, and so, too, has Vladimir Putin. Others cast the answer as unknowable.

In the new book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President – What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know,” from Oxford University Press, Kathleen Hall Jamieson concludes it is likely that Russian help was crucial to Trump’s win.

Professor Jessa Lingel Leads Zine-Making Workshop on Feminist Pedagogy

A New York City school teacher reflects on the experience of teaching a boys-only class about feminism. A single-mother student uses poetry to discuss the hidden struggles many people face while working toward a college degree. Graduate students reckon with how to handle the scholarly work of people who committed violence against women.

These are just three of the 14 pieces included in a new zine on feminist pedagogy, co-organized by Jessa Lingel, Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Annenberg Faculty Receives Grant for Tobacco Regulatory Science Research

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Rutgers University announced yesterday that they have received one of nine grants from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) new round of Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS). The grant is for five years and totals $18 million. As part of UPenn TCORS, Annenberg Professor Joseph N. Cappella will receive funding to study ways to correct misperceptions about the next generation of “reduced harm” tobacco products.

The Center for Media at Risk Welcomes Inaugural Visiting Scholars

The Center for Media at Risk, directed by Professor Barbie Zelizer, is welcoming its inaugural visiting scholars this academic year: Wendy Chun (Simon Fraser University), Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist University), and Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University).


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