Q&A: Victor Pickard and Todd Wolfson on the Media, Inequality, and Change Center

The wealthiest 1% of Americans own nearly 40% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 90% of families hold less than a quarter of it. Fewer and fewer corporations have more and more control over the content of American media. Tech companies like Uber, Postmates, and Caviar are making many people’s lives easier with the push of a button, yet the gig economy workers behind them often struggle to make ends meet.

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. 

Annenberg Presentations at ICA 2018

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.

Paxton Wins Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence

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.

Crisis or Self-Correction: Rethinking How the Media Cover Science

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.

Probabilistic Forecasting Can Mislead Voters About Certainty of Election Outcomes

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. Named Dean of the Annenberg School

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. 


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