ASC@Penn News Digest, November 2019



Professor Victor Pickard: Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society (Oxford University Press) [READ MORE]

Journal Articles

Research Director Laura Gibson, Doctoral Student Leeann Siegel, alum Elissa Kranzler (Ph.D. ’18), alum Allyson Volinsky (Ph.D. ’19), Research Scientist Matthew Brook O’Donnell, alum Michelle Jeong (Ph.D. ‘16), alum Jiaying Liu (Ph.D. ‘17), alum Stella Lee (Ph.D. ‘17), and Professor Robert C. Hornik: “Combining Crowd-Sourcing and Automated Content Methods to Improve Estimates of Overall Media Coverage: Theme Mentions in E-cigarette and Other Tobacco Coverage” (Journal of Health Communication)

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy: "Perspective: The Lebanese Rise Up against a Failed System" (Current History)

Professor Victor Pickard and Doctoral Candidate Pawel Popiel: “Against the Vast Wasteland: A Conversation with Former FCC Chairman Newton Minow” (International Journal of Communication)

Professor Barbie Zelizer: “El Autoritarismo Llega Para Quedarse” (La Maleta de Portbou) (in Spanish)

Professor Daniel J. Hopkins: “Local Demographic Changes and U.S. Presidential Voting, 2012 to 2016” (PNAS)

Research Director Dan Romer: “Problems Posed by the Werther Effect as a ‘Net Effect’: A Comment on Recent Scholarly Work on the Effects of 13 Reasons Why” (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

Alum Brooke Erin Duffy (Ph.D. ‘11) and Doctoral Candidate Emily Hund: “’Gaming the System’: Platform Paternalism and the Politics of Algorithmic Visibility” (Social Media + Society)

Doctoral Candidate Pawel Popiel: “Terms of Public Service: Framing Mobile Privacy Discourses” (First Monday)

In the Media

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Why Group Exercise is so Effective: The Psychology behind Working Out with Others” quoted Professor Damon Centola.

Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Students Present Success of Penn’s Voting Engagement Groups at Trustees Committee Meeting” quoted Professor Emily Falk.

Gallup: "Out of the Echo Chamber: Mobilizing Hashtags to Change Societies" interviewed Professor Sarah J. Jackson. [AUDIO]

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

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Study Finds People Are More Likely to Trust Election Polls that Support Favored Candidate” covered research studies conducted by Postdoctoral Fellow Ozan Kuru and Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

New York Times: “Is Politics a War of Ideas or of Us Against Them?” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Washington Post: “Kentucky’s Urban-Rural Split Looked Like the 2016 Presidential Race, Not the 2015 Gubernatorial One” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Professor Jessa Lingel was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Washington Post: “Move Over, ‘Latte Liberal.’ A New GOP Invokes Goat Milk and Avocado Toast.” quoted Professor Diana C. Mutz.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn Study Finds Local Diversity Did Not Increase Trump Support in the 2016 Election” quoted Professor Daniel J. Hopkins and covered research by Professor Diana C. Mutz.

Penn Today: “Talking the Deadspin Debacle, the Future of Digital News, and More” interviewed Professor Victor Pickard.

The Conversation: “Cities and States Take Up the Battle for an Open Internet” was written by Doctoral Candidate David Elliot Berman and Professor Victor Pickard.

ACLU: “Three Common Privacy Misconceptions that Companies Love” summarized a lecture by Professor Joseph Turow.

Reuters: “Regulators Expected to Make Google Sweat for Fitbit Deal Approval” quoted Professor Joseph Turow.

Professor Duncan J. Watts was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Professor Daniel J. Hopkins was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Discovery Channel: “Why We Hate: Hope” was narrated by Research Scientist Emile Bruneau.

Jadaliyya: “App Struggles: Lebanon, Guinea, and the Contention of Infrastructure” was written by Visiting Scholar Hatim El-Hibri and Research Director Clovis Bergère.

Penn Today: “’13 Reasons Why’ and Media Effects on Suicide” quoted Research Director Dan Romer.

Chicago Tribune: “Logan Square Fashion Designer Creates Safe House, a Space Where Those Affected by Sexual and Domestic Abuse Can Find Their Voices” quoted Visiting Scholar Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

Center for Media at Risk Blog: “Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World” was written by Postdoctoral Fellow LaCharles Ward.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Should Include 100% Fruit Juice” was written by Doctoral Student Emma Jesch.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “’A Complete Nightmare’: Penn Law Students and Alums Reflect on Name-Change Process” quoted Doctoral Candidate Sanjay Jolly.

Center for Media at Risk Blog: "Prevalence, Impact and Diffusion of Disinformation" was written by Doctoral Student Muira McCammon.

Center for Media at Risk Blog: “Social Challenges of Climate Change: Essential Texts” was written by Doctoral Candidate Hanna E. Morris.

Al-Monitor: “As Iraqi Calls to Amend Constitution Rise, Kurds Fear Loss of Political Gains” quoted Doctoral Student Mohammed A. Salih.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “’Chaos Tempered by Chaos’: Penn Event Criticizes Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of Syria” covered a talk by Doctoral Student Mohammed A. Salih.

NBC News: “Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ 30 Years Ago Changed Animation, Musicals and Princesses” was written by Doctoral Student Alex Tolkin.

Center for Media at Risk Podcast: "Episode 13 — Meme Tactics: From Art to Action" was hosted by Doctoral Student Roopa Vasudevan. [AUDIO]

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

Penn Global: “Penn Global-funded Workshop Explores Notions of Digital Sovereignty” covered an event hosted by the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. [VIDEO]

Awards & Honors

Professor Damon Centola was promoted to Full Professor by the University of Pennsylvania. [READ MORE]

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson received the 2019 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association. [READ MORE]

Professor Guobin Yang received an Outstanding Article award from the 2019 Annual Convention of the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication for his paper “Remembering Disappeared Websites: Internet Memory, Media Biography and Website History.”

Doctoral Candidate Natalie Herbert has been named a 2020 graduate fellow with the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Program. [READ MORE]

At the Podium

At the 2019 National Communication Conference in Baltimore, the following faculty and students presented research: Professor Joseph N. Cappella, Professor Carolyn Marvin, Doctoral Student Kinjal Dave, Doctoral Student Kwanho Kim, Doctoral Candidate Soojong Kim, Doctoral Student Mohammed A. Salih, Doctoral Student Jeanna Sybert, Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner, and Doctoral Student Andrew Wirzburger. [READ MORE]

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, the following faculty and students presented research: Professor Marwan M. Kraidy, Visiting Scholar Hatim El-Hibri, Research Affiliate Yakein Abdelmagid, Doctoral Student Heather Jaber, and Doctoral Student Mohammed A. Salih.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson gave a book talk on Cyberwar at Loyal University and a lecture at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy participated in a panel discussion entitled “How Technology Advances Autocracy and What Democracies Can Do about It” at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Professor Diana C. Mutz moderated a panel discussion entitled “Foreign Policy Journalism in the Trump Era.”

Professor Victor Pickard gave a talk entitled "A Public Media Alternative to the Failing Commercial Press" at a conference at the University of Westminster. He also participated in three panel discussions, including “Will the UK be the ‘Safest’ Place in the World to Go Online? (And Do We Want it to Be?)” at the London School of Economics and Political Science; "Policy Proposals for Platform Governance" at the International Cooperation on Platform Governance in Dublin; and "Echoes of Indymedia: Infrastructures of Resistance" at the OurMedia Conference in Brussels.

Professor Joseph Turow gave a talk at the Bala Cynwyd Public Library.

Professor Guobin Yang gave a keynote speech, entitled “Confucian Ethics, PhilTech, and Digital Cultural Studies,” at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication. He also gave two lectures at Tsinghua University entitled “Viral Stories in a Datafied Society” and “Techno-social Generations: A Historical Perspective on Media and Social Change.”

Visiting Scholar Hatim El-Hibri gave a Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) colloquium address entitled “Infrastructure and the Antagonisms of Liveness in Lebanon: A Media Theory of Concealment.”

Visiting Scholar Natalia Roudakova gave a Center for Media at Risk colloquium address entitled “Finding Oneself in the World: News Experiences of Russian Youth.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Padma Chirumamilla gave a Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) colloquium address entitled “Producing TV(s): The Multitudinous Life of Television in South India.”

At the Union for Democratic Communications conference, Doctoral Student Lauren Bridges, Doctoral Student Antoine Haywood, and Doctoral Student Diami Virgilio presented.

At the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages 14th Annual Graduate Student Preconference, Doctoral Student Yasemin Y. Celikkol gave a talk entitled “To Loosen, Tighten, or Abandon the Shalvar? Modernity and Turkish Women’s Clothing in Bulgaria and Turkey.”

The Center for Media at Risk hosted its annual SummerCulture Colloquium, which featured presentations by Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper, Doctoral Student Isabelle Langrock, Doctoral Student Florence Madenga, Doctoral Candidate Muira McCammon, Doctoral Student Jeanna Sybert, and Doctoral Student Roopa Vasudevan.

At the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities event entitled “Environmental Storytelling & Virtual Reality,” Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper participated in a panel discussion entitled “In/Visible Elements.”

Doctoral Student Hanna E. Morris gave an invited keynote address at the Climate Urgency Intensive conference, hosted by Jan van Eyck Academie in The Netherlands.

Doctoral Student Mohammed A. Salih participated in a panel discussion entitled “The World Today Presents: Renegades or Realists? The United States in Syria” at Perry World House.

Doctoral Student Ryan Tsapatsaris gave a Media Activism Research Collective (MARC) works-in-progress talk entitled “Postmates and Interventions in the Gig Economy via Praxis and Theory.”

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) welcomed Greg Burris of American University of Beirut for a talk on his book The Palestinian Idea: Film, Media, and the Radical Imagination.

The Elihu Katz Colloquium Series welcomed Raina Merchant of Penn Medicine for a talk entitled “Mining Digital Data to Improve Health.”

The Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center hosted an event entitled “Media in Resistance: 20 Years after Seattle.”

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