Geneva Overholser on Abramson and Sulzberger: The Two Who Couldn’t Tango

This guest post was written by senior fellow Geneva Overholser. Follow the discussion on her personal blog. The reasons for Jill Abramson's firing as editor of The New York Times are no doubt many and complex. But one thing is clear: the editor-publisher relationship failed, spectacularly. This classic journalistic partnership, when it works, is like a good marriage. Full of successes and challenges, warmth and tension, it requires constant open communication and full-hearted dedication on the part of both parties. Also loyalty. A good editor ensures that the publisher is never blindsided. A good publisher ensures sufficient editorial independence to do good…

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…

CCLP Brings Together Acclaimed Photojournalists for Next Journalism Forum

USC Annenberg's School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a series of conversations focused on women and leadership in journalism. Hosted by CCLP Director and USC Professor Geoffrey Cowan and moderated by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist Narda Zacchino, these discussions will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism and punditry. Our January event features Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times staff photographer Barbara Davidson, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Marissa Roth, indigenous multimedia documentarian Pamela Peters, and award-winning photographer and author Lori Shepler. Annenberg Journalism School Director and…

CCLP Connects Historians with Journalists at American Historical Association Annual Meeting

CCLP's ongoing collaborative series "Historians, Journalists, and the Challenges of Getting It Right" continued this week with panels presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. The conversations, organized in partnership with USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center, opened with a session on the topic "The Art & Craft of the Obituary." The discussion, which was covered by C-SPAN, explored collisions and collaborations between the journalists who write obituaries and the historians who study them. (Watch C-SPAN's video of the event.) Moderated by Lear Center director Martin Kaplan, panelists included former New York Times political correspondent Adam Clymer,…

Journalists, arts organization leaders explore social media's impact on arts journalism at CCLP forum in Washington, D.C.

The impact of social media and changing audiences were primary concerns of arts journalists and leaders of cultural institutions who gathered at a Communication Leadership Policy Forum at the University of Southern California's Washington, D.C. Center on August 1. "Arts journalism is struggling for its life," said Jaime Bennett of the National Endowment for the Arts. "It's no surprise that journalists are taking to the blogosphere to share their reviews." Organized by senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III (pictured right) and Tim Page, the USC Annenberg journalism professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic for The Washington Post, the forum…

CCLP to offer courses in partnership with The New York Times

The New York Times Knowledge Network and USC have joined forces to establish and offer a new online continuing education program. As part of this new program, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy will be offering courses in journalism and public relations beginning in October 2011. Led by Mark Latonero, CCLP's director of research and instruction, courses will be taught by CCLP instructors with journalists from The New York Times. A series of six courses in journalism for high school students will be offered beginning in October 2011. Students may enroll in any of the two week…

CCLP Researchers Share Projects with Annenberg Students, Faculty

From technology's impact on public diplomacy to the role of biography in constructing presidential legacy, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy's (CCLP) diverse range of research projects and policy initiatives on display at the April 13th Policy Research Roundtable. Convened by CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan and hosted by CCLP Research Director Mark Latonero (pictured left), the lunchtime event served as an opportunity for the Center to spotlight its key areas of engagement. "We believe that we have an obligation to produce research that makes a difference," Cowan explained to the standing-room only crowd, which included CCLP Fellows…

15 Ways to Generate Revenue for a Community News Web Site

My co-author María J. Vázquez and I recently finished writing a case study on a hyperlocal community news site in Long Beach California, the Long Beach Post. As with so many of these entrepreneurial sites, the founders were doing a great job of journalism and technology. The challenge was on the business and sales side. How do you effectively generate revenues to sustain the enterprise? Here are 15 suggestions to consider if you are building a community news web business, or any web content business for that matter. 1. Webinar. Find a topic of interest to an audience and a…