CCTV America fights credibility issues, reaches audiences far beyond the U.S.

WASHINGTON – CCTV America must constantly battle the perception that its funders in Beijing are slanting its news broadcasts, but that may not be the case – or at least it may be an exaggeration. That was the word from Mike Walter, a news anchor at CCTV America, who spoke at Monday's CCLP Communications Leadership Forum here in Washington DC. "We have to work every day to build credibility," he said. "We have to work harder than other networks."…

Is the US losing the propaganda war with Russia?

WASHINGTON — Moscow's propaganda machine has vastly outmatched the U.S., according to speakers here today at the June CCLP Washington Communication Leadership forum. "Russia has spent the past twenty years building up," said William Stevens, Director of the Ukraine Communications Task Force at the U.S. State Department, while Washington spent two decades dialing back. Left to right: WIlliam Stevens, Director of the Ukraine Communications Task Force at the U.S. State Department; Myroslava Gongadze, TV anchor and reporter at Voice of America's Ukrainian Service; and Nenad Pejic, Interim Manager of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The Kremlin's aggressive media campaign is effective…

Author urges U.S. public diplomacy to include debates about media content standards

WASHINGTON – What is good for U.S. media businesses but bad for American diplomacy? That is the question posed at today's CCLP Washington forum by Martha Bayles, author of "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad". Author Martha Bayles with Pubic Diplomacy Council president Don Bishop (left) and CCLP senior fellow Adam Powell (right) Since 1999, she said, U.S. media companies have more than quadrupled their revenue from overseas sales. But more and more, Bayles argued, the content is offensive to foreign audiences — and it misrepresents the United States….

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…

Startups wonder: When will they stop the presses?

"Most U.S. print newspapers will be gone in 5 years." – USC Center for the Digital Future, Dec. 14, 2011 "We'll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come…" – Mark Thompson, CEO, New York Times, March 26, 2014 So how many more years will newspaper presses keep rolling? I know. This is a bit of a fool's errand. It's impossible to know. But it's also an important question – both a marker of the media revolution's course and an imponderable that news startups wrestle with as they imagine their futures. I found myself…

Advisory Board Member Gary Pruitt to be Honored with Constitutional Champion Award

CCLP Advisory Board Member and Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt will be honored by The Constitution Project at their 7th Annual Constitutional Gala on April 24th in Washington, D.C. The bipartisan legal watchdog group will celebrate Pruitt's leadership in standing up against government intimidation of the media. Tickets to the Gala are available for purchase at The Constitution Project's website. The Constitutional Champion Award honors Pruitt's commitment to fighting for the constitutional principles of the First Amendment. When the Department of Justice secretly collected phone records for editors at The Associated Press in May 2013, Pruitt called it a "massive…

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…