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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:

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.

Annenberg Presentations at IAMCR 2017

Sixteen Annenberg faculty, students, and visiting scholars will present at the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2017 Conference, to be held July 16-20 in Cartagena, Colombia.

The presentations are listed below, and include room location in parentheses. All events are at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center. For the full program, visit IAMCR’s conference website.

Monday, July 17

8:30 – 10:00

Professor Diana C. Mutz Awarded 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Brexit. The Travel Ban. Europe’s migrant crisis.

These are all examples of a growing backlash against globalization. Why, at a moment in history when the world is more interconnected than ever before, are increasing numbers of people expressing isolationist sentiments?

Annenberg Professor Diana C. Mutz aims to find out.

And, thanks to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, she’ll be doing that in-depth over the next two years. It was announced today that Mutz has won a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, which includes a grant of up to $200,000.

Counteracting the Influence of Adolescent Peer Smoking on YouTube

Cigarette advertising and marketing have been restricted since the 1960s – first through a tobacco-industry code, and then by federal laws, and agreements between the tobacco industry and the states. But the growing use of digital media, especially among young people, raises questions about whether those advances are being undercut by user-generated videos promoting cigarettes on largely unregulated internet sites such as YouTube.

Professor Sharrona Pearl Publishes New Book Face/On

In a hospital in France, in the autumn of 2005, Isabelle Dinoire received the world’s first face transplant. The world went into a moral panic.

“A lot of people thought that this was science fiction,” says Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School. “They felt that just because we could do it didn’t mean we should.”

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