ASC@Penn News Digest, March 2021


Book Chapters

Alum Yotam Ophir (Ph.D. ‘18) and Professor Joseph N. Cappella: “The Emotional Flow Hypothesis in Entertainment-Education Narratives: Theory, Empirical Evidence, and Open Questions” in Entertainment-Education Behind the Scenes (Springer)

Journal Articles

Professor Sandra González-Bailón: “Bots Are Less Central than Verified Accounts during Contentious Political Events” (PNAS) [READ MORE]

Professor Sarah J. Jackson: “Making #BlackLivesMatter in the Shadow of Selma: Collective Memory and Racial Justice Activism in U.S. News” (Communication, Culture & Critique)

Alum Yotam Ophir (Ph.D. ‘18), Research Director Ken Winneg, and Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson: “The Effects of Scientific Messages and Narratives about Vaccination” (PLOS ONE)

Research Director Patrick Jamieson and Research Director Dan Romer: “The Association between the Rise of Gun Violence in Popular US Primetime Television Dramas and Homicides Attributable to Firearms, 2000–2018” (PLOS ONE)

Postdoctoral Fellow Jin Woo Kim (Ph.D. ‘17) and alum Eunji Kim (Ph.D. ‘19): “Temporal Selective Exposure: How Partisans Choose When to Follow Politics” (Political Behavior)

Doctoral Student Jeanna Sybert: “The Demise of #NSFW: Contested Platform Governance and Tumblr’s 2018 Adult Content Ban” (New Media & Society)

Book Reviews, Commentaries, & Essays

Research Director Dan Romer: “Brazil’s Efforts to Reduce Cigarette Use Illustrate Both the Potential Successes and Challenges of This Goal” (American Public Health Association)

In the Media

Los Angeles Times: “Why It’s Harder to Change Culture than Nature” was written by Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn Panel Discusses Effect of Lack of Newsroom Diversity and Trump-Era Misinformation” quoted Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Professor Damon Centola was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn Study Finds Twitter Bots Less Influential than Verified Users in Spread of Information” quoted Professor Sandra González-Bailón.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson wrote the following articles:

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

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn to Consider Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty for Tenure, Promotion Applications” quoted Professor Jessa Lingel and Professor David Lydon-Staley.

Professor Victor Pickard was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Penn Today: “Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World” quoted Professor Guobin Yang.

Research conducted by Research Director Dan Romer and Research Director Patrick Jamieson was covered in the following media outlets:

Town and Country: “Confessions of an Influencer Whisperer” quoted Postdoctoral Fellow Emily Hund.

Synergy: “Event Report: Sticky Activism: The Gangnam Station Murder Case and New Feminist Practices Against Misogyny and Femicide” quoted Postdoctoral Fellow Jinsook Kim.

The Atlantic: “The Weekly Planet: Why Celebrities Are Agog Over This Tiny Climate Think Tank” quoted Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper.

Fikra Forum: “The Biden Administration Needs to Support Kurds” was written by Doctoral Candidate Mohammed A. Salih.

Abrohilo: “Por qué importa cómo se cubre la violencia de género en los medios” was written by Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner. (in Spanish)

Awards & Honors

Professor Victor Pickard's article "Restructuring Democratic Infrastructures: A Policy Approach to the Journalism Crisis," published in Digital Journalism in 2020 was selected for two awards: the shortlist for the 2021 Bob Franklin Journal Article Award, and the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in Digital Journalism.

Professor Duncan J. Watts received the Test of Time Award from the 2021 WDSM Conference for “Everyone’s an Influencer: Quantifying Influence on Twitter.”, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, received funding from the Google News Initiative to produce fact checks about COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

At the (Virtual) Podium

Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. gave the 2021 Sachs Lecture, entitled “What Scholarship Looks Like: Toward an Auto-Ethnography of Multimodality,” at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. was a panelist for Penn’s Forum on Social Equity and Community: Truth Telling, The Media, and Social Equity.

The Center on Digital Culture & Society hosted a symposium entitled “Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations.” Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. and Professor Guobin Yang gave remarks, and Professor Julia Ticona moderated a panel.

Professor Damon Centola gave a book talk on his new book Change at the University of Toronto.

Professor Sandra González-Bailón gave a talk entitled “Exposure to News in the Digital Age: How Online Networks Shape the Consumption of Political Information” at University College Dublin.

Professor Sandra González-Bailón gave a talk entitled “Exposure to News in the Digital Age” at the University of Michigan.

Professor Sarah J. Jackson was a panelist for “Race, Power, and the Politics of Attention,” hosted by Princeton University; “Media Systems, Digital Technologies, and Democratic Publics,” hosted by Harvard University; and “Do Black Lives Matter in the Media?,” as part of the 2021 Media Democracy Festival. She also gave a talk on her book #HashtagActivism, hosted by Fordham University.

The Center on Digital Culture & Society hosted a conversation between Professor Jessa Lingel and Craig Newmark entitled “The Web We Want: Reflections on 25 Years of Digital Culture.”

Professor Victor Pickard was a panelist for “Media Reform: Possible? Likely? Enough?,” as part of the 2021 Media Democracy Festival.

Professor Joseph Turow gave a talk entitled “Profiling People to Assess Their Value: Where is the Red Line?” as part of the European University Institute’s Max Weber Program.

The Annenberg Conversations on Race series featured Jeanine D. Liburd, Mediamaker-in-Residence Maori Karmael Holmes, Professor Jasmine E. Johnson, and alum Aymar Jean Christian (Ph.D. ‘12) discussing “Taking Race Seriously in Contemporary Content Distribution.”

Visiting Scholar Ben Jealous moderated the third installment of the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice’s “Confronting Racial Injustice and the Inequities of the Pandemic” speaker series.

Doctoral Student Heather Jaber was a panelist for “The Politics of the Popular,” as part of the 2021 Institute for Middle East Studies Conference.

Doctoral Candidate Muira McCammon was a panelist for “Journalists' Access to Government Information,” hosted by Temple University, and “Ethics and Archiving the Web: How to Ethically Collect and Use Web Archives,” hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

The Center for Media at Risk hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Exploring Rupture and Repair Through Multimodal Scholarship: Power, Community, and Resilience.” Panelists included Winnie Yoe, Anula Shetty, and Michael Kuetemeyer, and the event was moderated by Doctoral Candidate Roopa Vasudevan.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication welcomed Rudo Mudiwa for a colloquium address entitled “The Black Girl Dreams of Freedom in the City: Mobility and Moral Panic in Zimbabwe, 1980-1983.”

The Elihu Katz Colloquium Series welcomed Lisa Messeri for a lecture entitled “Embodied Omniscience: Witnessing, Embodiment, and Racial Erasure in Virtual Reality.”

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