In memoriam: Senior fellow Laurie Becklund

Senior fellow Laurie Becklund, an award-winning journalist and former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, passed away Sunday night at her home in Hollywood from metastatic breast cancer. She was 66. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy mourns the loss of Becklund, who exemplified CCLP’s mission of shaping the future of news and civic discourse. “Aileen and I knew and admired Laurie for more than 30 years,” said CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan. “She was a courageous reporter but an even more courageous cancer victim. We were lucky to have had her in our lives.” Becklund spoke…

President Obama’s new plan for free community college furthers Winograd’s initiative

On Friday, January 9, President Obama announced a new initiative to make community colleges tuition-free for students across the country. Modeled after Tennessee's free community college initiative, the program would help an estimated 9 million students a year to save an average of $3,800 a year. "Put simply, what I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everyone who's willing to work for it," said Obama in an online video. "It's something we can accomplish and something that will train our work force so we can compete with anyone in the world." Senior…

New Report: Lessons Learned from the Get Mobile Forum on Mobile Technology for Community Engagement

This is a blog post by Beatriz Solis, Program Director at The California Endowment Healthy Communities (South Region), and Geoffrey Cowan, Director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. At the 2014 Get Mobile Forum, we invited technology leaders and local community organizers to learn from each other, exploring how organizations can use mobile technology in their efforts to engage and empower the communities of Los Angeles. Today we’re excited to announce the release of our report: Lessons Learned From the Get Mobile Forum on Mobile Technology for Community Engagement. Download the report: High resolution PDF (5.9…

Open Data LA workshop connects community leaders and city officials

City governments around the world have started to release public data sets (called "open data") that can help communities and businesses address issues in areas such as transportation, healthcare, and economic development. CCLP's Open Data LA team partnered with the City of Pasadena to host a workshop on October 25 for city officials, application developers, thought leaders, and interested citizens to form new connections and discuss the future of open data. Titled Beyond Hackathons: What's Next for Open Data in Pasadena?, the workshop focused on several discussion questions, including:…