Covering Global Conflict: New series of conversations hosted by CCLP and the Pacific Council on International Policy

USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and School of Journalism, along with the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP), are launching a new public series, Covering Global Conflict, which will examine differences in how international media are covering major flashpoints around the world. "These conversations offer exciting and important opportunities to understand how media in various countries see and interpret events through their own distinctive prism," said Geoffrey Cowan, CCLP director and co-chair of the series. "At USC we emphasize the importance of discussing not only how America sees the world, but how the world is seeing America."…

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…

Top photojournalists share insights about profession at CCLP forum

Photojournalists are leaders in today's newsrooms, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times staff photographer Barbara Davidson, a featured guest at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism/Center on Communication Leadership & Policy forum "Through Her Lens: Women & Photojournalism." The January 28 program featured Davidson, along with award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Marissa Roth, indigenous multimedia documentarian Pamela Peters, and award-winning photographer and author Lori Shepler. "Back in the day, photographers were really service people in newsrooms. We were seen as the dumb ones who just head for the buffet right away, we dressed sloppily, we weren't very smart. But…