The Large Field of Candidates Reflects Our Current Politics

This op-ed by CCLP senior fellow Matthew Dowd was originally published in the New York Times. The quantity of candidates running for president won't matter so much as the quality of leadership and vision that emerges by the end of the process. Having numerous candidates didn't hurt Democrats in 1992 and 2008 when they fielded double digits numbers. Presidents Bill Clinton and Obama made it through successfully while becoming better candidates. The large field is reflective of four things: three concern our current political environment, and one a reflection of our culture. First, the large field is a sign that…

Geneva Overholser: An Early Read on Baquet as New York Times Leader

This guest post was written by senior fellow Geneva Overholser. Read her personal blog at GenevaOverholser.com. In the swirl of the Jill Abramson firing, a couple of things being said about the new executive editor, Dean Baquet, didn't sync with my impression of him. I looked back at this video of a forum I hosted at USC Annenberg with Baquet when he had just become managing editor of The New York Times, and saw why. What I had found most worrisome was Glenn Greenwald's charge that Baquet has "a really disturbing history of practicing this form of journalism that…

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…

CCLP, Bloomberg and Harvard convene journalists and political strategists for candid conversations at national conventions

LIVE WEBCAST: Top journalists and political strategists will offer straightforward assessments of the campaigns and the press and explore the role of media has in shaping the national political discourse at public events during the national political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte….

Online Sex Trade Flourishing Despite Efforts to Curb It – NYTimes.com

The New York Times quoted CCLP Director of Research and Instruction Mark Latonero about using social media tools to combat the flourishing online human trafficking epidemic. The online sex trade is flourishing despite nationwide campaigns and pressure from government leaders. But California is now leading the country in responding to the rapidly expanding online sex trade. In February, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris convened leaders from nonprofit, law enforcement and technology companies to gather information for an updated report on human trafficking in the state. "This is an opportunity to observe the social behaviors which underlie the trafficking trade, which…

M{2e} @ Annenberg Showcases Jeffrey Klein

CCLP Executive in Residence Jeffrey Klein shares his expertise on news organizations paywall practices with M{2e} @ Annenberg. "If they are going to survive long term, news organizations need to diversify their revenue streams, from advertising and paywalls for niche content, to events, demographic targeting and even direct sales of goods and services." Read more of Klein's insight here. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-30447548-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);…

Fund cuts for public television lead to mergers; is there life after PBS?

WASHINGTON – Coping with reduced funding by state governments and other sources, public television stations are pursuing diverse options ranging from mergers and consolidation to dropping PBS network programs. As reported in early July, funding cuts led to the demise of the New Jersey Network of PBS stations, which were merged into New York's WNET. The station had earlier acquired WLIW on Long Island, so currently, WNET controls PBS programming on stations well to the east and south of New York City. New York is not unique: San Francisco's public television station, KQED, acquired KTEH, serving San Jose and the…

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…

Leading the Way to Better News: The Role of Leadership in a World Where Most of the “Powers That Be” Became the “Powers That Were”

By Geoffrey Cowan Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2007 University Professor and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, University of Southern California February 15, 2008 #D-44 © 2008 President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved. Published by Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy Discussion Paper Series Abstract During the past several years, as traditional news operations have faced sharp declines in circulation, advertising, viewership, and audiences, and as they have begun to make a seemingly unrelenting series of cuts in the newsroom budgets, scholars and professionals have been seeking formulas or models designed to reverse…