Bush campaign strategist named senior fellow

USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy is pleased to announce a new senior fellow, Matthew Dowd. Dowd, 53, served as the chief strategist for George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign and currently serves as a political analyst for ABC News. As a CCLP senior fellow, Dowd will focus on "examining what we can do to bridge the political divides today in America involving campaigns, communication, and governing." He will also focus on "creating momentum in the social impact entrepreneur space with emphasis on linking capitalism and social consciousness." During the past 30 years, Matthew Dowd has helped…

Policymakers and industry leaders take steps to improve cell phone capabilities during emergencies

Mobile phones today offer enormous potential in regards to public safety and emergency preparedness, but current infrastructure and systems present substantial challenges as well. The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy have launched an initiative to research these issues, explore solutions and define minimum capabilities of cell phones for health care, public safety and other public services. On Sunday and Monday, 20 high-level government officials, top mobile technology industry professionals, public advocates and entrepreneurs attended an event hosted by CCLP in Washington, DC. The event, entitled "Mobile Phones for Public…

Al Jazeera exec stresses need for high quality, in-depth journalism with USC Annenberg faculty

Ehab Al Shihabi, interim CEO at Al Jazeera America, joined fellows of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and other USC Annenberg faculty members on Monday April 28 for a salon-style discussion. The meet-and-greet set the stage for possible collaborations between Al Jazeera America and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "I just want to say what a privilege it is for us at the Annenberg School to have this chance to just have a brainstorming session," said CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan. "Thank you very much for having us here," said Al Shihabi. "I…

Entertainment Journalists Discuss Their Challenges at CCLP Forum

Since the rise of Hollywood in the 20th century, the entertainment industry has infiltrated every aspect of our culture — and our news outlets. From Variety to Entertainment Tonight to Perez Hilton, entertainment news has become mainstream news. But what is entertainment journalism, and how is it different from gossip? At our February 11th forum, students asked professional journalists how to break into the industry and report on meaningful stories at a time when updates on Justin Bieber can take precedence over serious reporting. Titled "Spotlight on Hollywood: Behind the Scenes in Entertainment Journalism", the USC Annenberg School of Journalism/Center…

State of the Union Watch Party and Discussion

Over 100 students attended the State of the Union watch party hosted by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics. See more State of the Union photos on Flickr. KTLA and Telemundo covered the event alongside student representatives from Daily Trojan, Neon Tommy, and Annenberg Television News. Press Coverage: KTLA video interview: Local College Students React to State of the Union Address — Chris Wolfe Reports Annenberg TV News: Students React to State of the Union Daily Trojan: Annenberg hosts panel for State of the Union USC News: State of…

CCLP Researchers in Jakarta Launch Major Study on Media & the Fight Against Trafficking

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…

Geneva Overholser Named CCLP Senior Fellow

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….

Reeves Edits New Book on Kennedy Era

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,…