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…

"Truth Be Told" Conference Moderated by CCLP Senior Fellow Geneva Overholser

The following is a press release from Baruch College: NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2014 – In a media landscape marred by false equivalency, have we lost sight of the existence and value of facts? How are facts identified and tested in medicine, business, law and journalism, and what can we all learn about information quality? These were just a few of the questions that were discussed during the dynamic conference, "Truth Be Told: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Finding Facts" hosted on January 30, 2014 by Baruch College and The Harnisch Foundation. More than 170 students and professionals in…

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…

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…

Derek Shearer a Panelist on The Road to Sochi: Sports, Diplomacy and the Media CPD-Journalism Forum

Upcoming Event: Senior Fellow Derek Shearer will be a panelist at an upcoming Spring 2014 CPD-Journalism Forum discussing "the intersection of sports, journalism and international relations, as Russia plays host to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics."…

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,…