Communication Leadership Blog
Hall of fame sports broadcaster Lesley Visser and ESPN's Shelly Smith are the featured guests at the upcoming journalism forum, Off the Bench: Women & Sports Journalism. The program on Tuesday, December 4, is organized by CCLP as part of its series "Leadership, Women & Diversity in Journalism, Communication & Technology." The discussion is hosted by CCLP director and journalism professor Geoffrey Cowan and will be moderated by CCLP senior fellow and award-winning author and editor Narda Zacchino.
CCLP's Women & Communication Leadership series focuses on women in leadership positions within traditionally male-dominated fields. The first forum, held in October, featured women in technology. The topic has drawn significant attention and has been highlighted in research by CCLP Senior Fellow Morley Winograd, who calls gender a hot button issue for the millennial generation. Winograd and co-author Michael Hais, claim that "as men and women enter the workforce on an equal footing, this generation's belief in gender neutrality will force major changes in our laws governing the work place and its relationship to family life [...] The purview of next-gen leaders is that 'that there are no inherently male or female roles in society.'"
Zacchino and the two panelists are trailblazers and role models for both men and women, says Cowan scholar, Jana Juginovic, one of the event organizers, noting that Ms. Visser is in fact the only sportscaster in history (male or female) who has worked on network broadcasts for the Olympics, the World Figure Skating Championships, the US Open, the Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, and the Super Bowl. "These extraordinary journalists' careers set an example for USC Annenberg students but also reflect their strong character: entrepreneurial, smart, reputable and driven."
The Technology & Trafficking research team spent a week in Jakarta, Indonesia, to launch a major study that assesses the potential success and effectiveness of media campaigns to raise awareness and ultimately change behavior towards human trafficking. The project is being conducted with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Institute of International Education (IIE), and MTV EXIT Foundation.
The research team is co-led by CCLP research director Mark Latonero, Ph.D. and USC Annenberg Communication professor, CCLP faculty fellow Patricia Riley and Annenberg associate professor Sheila Murphy. Research associates include Communication doctoral student Prawit Thainiyom and Masters of Public Diplomacy student Soraya Ahyaudin.
CCLP researchers in Jakarta. (From left: Soraya, Wit, Mark, Patti, and Ali Aulia Ramly, a Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF Jakarta).
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Professor Geoffrey Cowan hosted a discussion with New York Times journalist Adam Nagourney and Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning author and director David Auburn at the West Coast premiere of his new play The Columnist.
The Columnist tells the story of journalist Joseph Alsop, who for more than 30 years worked in Washington, D.C. and passionately supported an escalation of the war in Vietnam. Alsop was a friend of politicians in a way that few journalists or columnists are today.
But to his foes, Alsop was relentless, calling all those who did not support a push for victory in Vietnam "cowards," and few escaped his pen's wrath -- including President Lyndon B. Johnson. When Johnson chose to deploy another 50,000 troops to Vietnam, he is reported to have said: "There, that should keep Joe Alsop quiet for a while."
As The Columnist demonstrates, however, Alsop was not so forthright about everything in his life. The writer was a closeted homosexual, and was married to his wife Susan only to conform to the period's social norms. A work that follows the life of a man who yielded such force, and yet whose memory today is shrouded in obscurity, however, is partially justified by the fact that Alsop was not a typical antihero. As Cowan pointed out in the post-play discussion, "We have a tendency to romanticize the past, but Alsop, we liked him even though he was a bastard."
But the nature of the performance, which was done without sets or costumes and with the actors using scripts, provided an interesting opportunity for the actors to demonstrate true emotional depth.
Geneva Overholser, former professor and director of USC Annenberg's School of Journalism, has been appointed a Senior Fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP).
Overholser joins a distinguished group of CCLP senior fellows that include journalists and media executives such as Cinny Kennard, Adam Clayton Powell III and Narda Zacchino, authors and policymakers such as Dan Glickman, Richard Reeves and Morley Winograd and pioneering leadership scholar Warren Bennis, among others.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the New York Times has authorized a new book, The Kennedy Years: From the Pages of the New York Times, edited by CCLP Senior Fellow, Richard Reeves.
The book draws on the paper's extensive coverage of the Kennedy presidency. Reeves, the author of the bestselling Portraits of Camelot and President Kennedy: Profile of Power, edited this collection of the New York Times' "unsurpassed coverage of the tumultuous Kennedy era which spanned the Civil Rights Movement, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the space program, and the Berlin Wall," with covered in articles by top reporters. The Kennedy Years also includes new essays by leading historians and New York Times' journalists.
When asked what he hoped readers might see in the collection, Reeves told us, "This is the way it was in the 1960s, the Kennedy years, as written by the best reporters of the day - James Reston, Tom Wicker, David Halberstam, Russel Baker. And their first draft of history is updated by some of the finest historians working today, including Robert Dallek, Thomas Maier, Andrew J. Bacevich and Sam Tanenhaus."
Arnold Zeitlin, a visiting professor at Hong Kong University's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, discusses the "small-world" coincidences of life as experienced during one of CCLP's "First Monday" Washington D.C. lunches.
A small pleasure of living close to Washington, D.C., is the opportunity to sample the smorgasbord of public affairs conversations staged almost daily by the numerous think tanks and lobby groups in the capital. They provide a continuing education program allowing me to keep fresh the knowledge I've accrued in a career of seeking information. They also provide a social function, since many of these conversations involve friends I have known for years in other countries.
Meet Lauren Allison: a Fulbright Scholar, International Peace Scholar and graduate researcher assisting Director of Research Mark Latonero at Annenberg's CCLP.
It has been 6 years since my Washington Ireland Program (WIP) journey began. I was standing on a hockey pitch in freezing Scotland, clambering into my not-so-flattering goalkeeper gear, when Kate Hardie-Buckley (WIP '07) came running up to me and declared that I had 'W.I.P.' written across my forehead. I had just arrived at St. Andrews to study for an undergraduate M.A. in International Relations and was trying out for the school team. Kate soon took me under her wing and 8 months later, I found myself sitting in Congressman James T. Walsh's office in Washington D.C.
Colorado is currently considering proposals to outlaw Uber and other services that enable passengers to book a car service from their smartphones. Uber and its competitors face similar challenges from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Washington, DC.
In May, the North Carolina State Senate voted unanimously to prohibit Tesla Motors, the innovative electric car company, from selling cars directly to consumers, including via the Internet. The Texas legislature recently retained similar prohibitions until at least 2015.
State Dept in-house tech R&D lab creates tech camps, virtual internships - and draws interest from Fortune 100 companies
WASHINGTON - The State Department's Office of eDiplomacy, the in-house lab for tech innovation and management, was the focus of the June CCLP Washington DC lunch forum.
Richard Boly, who directs the office, said the eDiplomacy initiative has been so successful that major companies from Kimberly Clark to Nike have come to study innovations implemented in the State Department.
Noting it took diplomacy centuries to moved from wax-sealed envelopes to the telegraph (he called it diplomatic Disruptive Technology 1.0), Boly said the pace of change has compressed from years into weeks and even days. But that reflects his background in Silicon Valley, where he helped launch the Apple Macintosh.
Individuals are increasingly using digital tools to reshape their cultural world according to a recent survey sponsored by the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
Dr. Mark Latonero and Dr. Aram Sinnreich (Rutgers University) presented their findings, soon to be published in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, at the International Communication Association's 63rd Annual Conference, "Challenging Communication Research," in London on June 19, 2013 as part of a panel on copyright and digital privacy. Professor Latonero joined more than 70 other representatives from USC Annenberg at the conference.