ASC@Penn News Digest, April 2019


Book Chapters

Doctoral Candidate Natacha Yazbeck: “Spin” in Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World (Penguin Books)

Journal Articles

Postdoctoral Fellow Yotam Ophir and Professor Joseph N. Cappella: "The Potential for Narrative Correctives to Combat Misinformation" (Journal of Communication)

Professor John B. Jemmott III: “Intervention Increases Physical Activity and Healthful Diet among South African Adolescents over 54 Months: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (Journal of Adolescent Health) [READ MORE]

Professor Barbie Zelizer: “Invited Commentary: Whose Journalism Matters and for Whom?” (International Symposium on Online Journalism)

Professor Daniel J. Hopkins: “The Medicaid Expansion and Attitudes toward the affordable Care Act: Testing for a Policy Feedback on Mass Opinion” (Public Opinion Quarterly)

Senior Research Scientist Amy Bleakley: “Understanding the Nature of Media Effects from Onscreen Exposure to Alcohol, Sex, and Their Combination” (Journal of Adolescent Health)

Research Director Patrick Jamieson and Research Director Dan Romer: “Investigating Harmful and Helpful Effects of Watching Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why: Results of a Two-Wave U.S. Panel Survey” (Social Science & Medicine)

Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang: “Digital Media Experiments in China: ‘Revolutionizing’ Persuasion under Xi Jinping” (The China Quarterly)

Doctoral Student Hanna E. Morris: “Book Review: The Progress of this Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World” (Communication and the Public)

In the Media

Penn Today: “The Future of Annenberg, with John L. Jackson Jr. at the Helm” profiled Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. and quoted Professor Barbie Zelizer and Doctoral Candidate John Vilanova.

Medium: “When Social Media Meets Climate Change” quoted Professor Damon Centola.

Penn Today: “Addressing Hate Speech and Disinformation on a Global Scale” covered the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s new transatlantic working group, quoting Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Doctoral Candidate Douglas Guilbeault.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Boston Globe: “What Should the Press Learn from its Use of Russian Hacked Content?” was written by Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

Time: "The Mueller Report's Key Lessons for the Press" was written by Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

Research conducted by Professor John B. Jemmott III was covered in the following media outlets:

American Council of Learned Societies: "The Centennial of the ACLS" interviewed Professor Marwan M. Kraidy. [VIDEO]

New York Times: “How Far Left is Too Far Left for 2020 Democrats?” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Professor Joseph Turow was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets: “Mô hình kinh doanh của YouTube ưu tiên các video bạo lực, gây sốc” quoted Professor Barbie Zelizer. (in Vietnamese)

Daily Pennsylvanian: “’#AcademicaToo’: Faculty and Student Panelists Talk Sexual Harassment and ‘Abuses of Power’” quoted Associate Dean Litty Paxton.

Jewish News: “The 2019 Elections in Israel: The Road to a New Government” was written by Lecturer Eytan Gilboa.

Penn Today: “The Israeli Elections, Explained” quoted Lecturer Eytan Gilboa.

The Hill: “If E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit, Treat Them as Any Other Prescription Medicine” quoted Research Director Dan Romer.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ May Reduce Suicide Risk for Young Adults Who Watch to the End, Study Finds” quoted Research Director Dan Romer.

WHYY: "Does Watching '13 Reasons Why' Help Some Viewers? Yes, Penn Study Says" quoted Research Director Dan Romer.

On the Center for Media at Risk’s newest podcast episode, “Episode 10.2 — The Authoritarian Playbook,” Research Fellow Sébastien Mort and Doctoral Student Jeanna Sybert interviewed Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat. [AUDIO]

Cheddar: “The Mueller Report Has Been Released…What’s Next?” interviewed Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat. [VIDEO]

Lilith: “No, You Can’t Just Use Jewish Wedding Rituals if You’re Not Jewish” was written by Dean’s Fellow Sharrona Pearl.

TRT World: "Are Violent News Images Necessary?" interviewed Research Associate Jessica Fishman. [VIDEO]

Cure: “PTSD and the Felt Reality of Living with Chronic Disease” was written by Postdoctoral Fellow Samira Rajabi.

CGTN: “How Self-Media Chaos Has Sparked Widespread Outrage in China” quoted Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang.

Center for Media at Risk Blog: "Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival: A Critique" was written by Doctoral Candidate Megan Genovese.

Medium: “Lessons from the YouTube and Politics Workshop” quoted Doctoral Candidate Eunji Kim.

Dilettante Army published data visualization artwork created by Doctoral Student Roopa Vasudevan.

Musiqology: “Why Country Music is so Scared of Black People” was written by Doctoral Candidate John Vilanova.

Research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center was referenced in the following media outlets:

Awards & Honors

Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini was a Visiting Fellow at KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Belgium.

Professor John B. Jemmott III received a grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center to fund a two-year study entitled “Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, and Care among Adolescents Living with HIV in Botswana.” [READ MORE]

Professor Diana C. Mutz’s book Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy was unanimously selected as the 2019 AAPOR Book Award winner. [READ MORE]

Professor Diana C. Mutz received a grant from the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Motta is part of a research team that has been awarded a three million dollar grant from the NSF to study how millennials interact with science news.

The following graduate students won 2019 Russell Ackoff Fellowships from the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center: Doctoral Candidate Stefanie Gratale, Doctoral Candidate Soojong Kim, Doctoral Candidate Do Eon Lee, and Doctoral Candidate Rui Pei. [READ MORE]

FactCheck.Org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, won its sixth straight Webby Award.

At the Podium

The MIC Center hosted its launch symposium entitled “Confronting Inequality: Reimagining the Future of Journalism and Work.” The two-day event included remarks from Dean John L. Jackson, Jr., Professor Victor Pickard, and Professor Barbie Zelizer. [READ MORE]

Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. participated in a panel discussion entitled “What We Know about Race — For Sure,” as part of the 2019 Penn Teach-In.

Professor Damon Centola gave invited talks at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Carnegie Mellon’s Complex Social Systems Seminar Series, and the Wharton Club in New York.

Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini gave the following invited talks:

  • “Deliberation and the Crises of Democracy: The Role of the Media” at Leuven City Hall in Belgium
  • “Is the Crisis of Democracy a Crisis of Communication?” at the Metaforum Insitute of KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • “The New information Environment and the Future(s) of Democracy” at the Metaforum Insitute of KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • “Roundtable on Democracy and Misinformation,” sponsored by the U.S. Fulbright Program and the European Commission in Brussels
  • “The Era of Broadcast News Dominance is Over. What are We Left With?,” sponsored by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson gave the following talks:

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy moderated a talk entitled “The State of Satire and Comedy in Saudi Arabia” at the Penn Middle East Center.

Professor Jessa Lingel facilitated the Feminist Pedagogy Zine Making Workshop at Penn’s Alice Paul Center.

Professor Diana C. Mutz delivered the 2019 Miller-Converse Lecture at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.

At the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Professor Victor Pickard was a roundtable speaker and a respondent. Professor Barbie Zelizer was also a roundtable speaker.

The 2019 Milton Wolf Seminar, entitled “The New Global Media (dis)Order in International Relations: Agonizing Struggles and Elusive Solutions,” included presentations by Professor Victor Pickard, Professor Monroe Price, and Doctoral Student Lauren Bridges.

Professor Monroe Price delivered the inaugural Eric Barendt Lecture at Oxford University, entitled “The Mystery of Regulating Social Media.”

Professor Julia Ticona was an invited speaker at the Students and Alums of Color annual conference at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. She also gave several guest lectures.

Professor Joseph Turow gave following invited talks:

  • Spring 2019 Distinguished Lecture, entitled “The Resignation Industry and the Future of Media Studies,” at Boston University College of Communication
  • “The Resignation Industry and the Future of Media Studies” at the Communication Department of Tel Aviv University
  • “The Resignation Industry and Public Policy” at the Cyber Law Center at Haifa University
  • “The Corporate Cultivation of Digital Resignation” at CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University

Research Scientist Emile Bruneau participated in a roundtable discussion entitled "How the Brain Can Change the Mind: Prejudice and Middle East Identities" hosted by the Penn Middle East Center at Perry World House.

Postdoctoral Fellow Boaz Hameiri presented a paper (co-authored with Research Scientist Emile Bruneau and Postdoctoral Fellow Samantha Moore-Berg) entitled “The Search for Significance Leads to Political Violence Only When it is Coupled with a Sense of Victimhood” at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Conference in Sydney.

Lecturer Eytan Gilboa gave a talk as part of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Lik Sam Chan gave a colloquium lecture entitled “Affordances of Queer Dating Apps and the Potential for Queer Worldmaking in Urban China.”

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Andrew Daniller gave a colloquium lecture entitled “Fraud, Hacking, and Stupid Voters: How Partisan Media Contribute to Delegitimizing Election Narratives.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Grinberg gave a Center for Media at Risk colloquium address entitled “Some Restrictions Apply: The Exhibition Spaces of Guantanamo Bay.”

The Annenberg School hosted its 7th annual Graduate Student Symposium, which included talks from Doctoral Student Yasemin Y. Celikkol, Doctoral Student Sean Fischer, Doctoral Candidate Megan Genovese, Doctoral Candidate Douglas Guilbeault, Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen, Doctoral Candidate Natalie Herbert, Doctoral Candidate Soojong Kim, Doctoral Student Isabelle Langrock, Doctoral Candidate Do Eon Lee, Doctoral Student Brendan Mahoney, Doctoral Student Jacob Parelman, Doctoral Candidate Rui Pei, Doctoral Candidate Yilang Peng, Doctoral Student Leeann Siegel, Doctoral Student Alex Tolkin, and Doctoral Student Tian Yang. [READ MORE]

Doctoral Student Zane Griffin Talley Cooper gave an invited lecture, entitled “Internet Governance through Infrastructure: The Case of Cryptocurrency Mining in Iceland,” at the University of Bremen.

Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang gave a talk entitled “The State of Journalism in China” at Bryn Mawr College.

At the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Doctoral Candidate Elisabetta Ferrari led a workshop entitled "Imagined Internets: A Hands-On Discussion on How We Want the Internet to Be”; Doctoral Candidate John Remensperger presented as part of a panel entitled "Understanding Global Funding Needs, Challenges, and Practicalities”; and Doctoral Candidate Pawel Popiel presented as part of a panel entitled "Computational Propaganda and Political Debate in Online Spaces."

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen gave a talk at a Center for Media at Risk event, which hosted a State Department delegation of journalists from around the globe.

Doctoral Candidate Eunji Kim gave a talk at “Politics and YouTube: The Next Big Social Network,” a workshop held at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

At the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression scholars conference, Doctoral Student Muira McCammon moderated a discussion entitled, "Free Speech, Information Intermediaries, and the Case of 'WhatsApp Lynchings’ in India."

At the 2019 D.C. Health Communication Conference, hosed by the GMU Department of Communication and Center for Health & Risk Communication, Doctoral Student Chioma Woko presented a poster.

CARGC welcomed Sharmila Sen of Harvard University Press for a book talk on Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America.

The Center for Media at Risk welcomed Caty Borum Chattoo of American University for a colloquium lecture entitled “Contemporary Documentary Storytelling & Social Justice.”

The Control Societies Speaker Series welcomed Cindy Tekobbe of the University of Alabama for a talk entitled “Stoodis: Indigenous Political Identities and Digital Activism.”

The Elihu Katz Colloquium Series welcomed Ramesh Srinivasan of UCLA for a lecture entitled “Beyond the Valley: The Challenges and Promises of a People-Centered Internet.”

MARC welcomed Hepeng Jia of Cornell University for a lecture entitled “When Science Controversies Encounter Political Opportunities: Comparing GMO, Hydropower, and Nuclear Power Contentions in Contemporary China.”

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