Warren Bennis 2011 Top Am. Leaders

CCLP distinguished fellow Warren Bennis served on the selection committee for the 2011 Top American Leaders. More information and a list of recipients can be found here…….

Cowan – freedom riders

On Wednesday Dec. 7th, Director Geoffrey Cowan joined a panel at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica for a community conversation featuring freedom riders. Cowan volunteered in Mississippi during 1964. Read more here…….

Latonero published in International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

CCLP Director of Research and Instruction Mark Latonero, and his co-author Irina Shklovski, recently had their article, "Emergency Management, Twitter, and Social Media Evangelism," published. Their piece focuses on how social media technologies, specifically Twitter, are used to communicate with emergency response organizations and to collect information. For more information please see the abstract here…….

PBS President says no major retooling needed for public TV, but mulls adding pay-TV service

PBS President Paula Kerger said today she disagreed with Bill Moyers' call for a national meeting to reconsider and re-define U.S. public broadcasting. Moyers called for a "constitutional convention" to spur a "rebirth" of public television and radio, in a speech this month to public TV executives. "The core problem," said Moyers, "is that we still don't have an expansive national vision of what we're about, where we want to go and what we want to become. Until we are able to say clearly and comprehensively what it is we really want to do, how much it will cost, and……

Latonero leads Pacific Council dialogue on Arab Spring

Research director Mark Latonero led a lively conversation on the Arab Spring and the impact of social media in global political transformation. The program, The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted: Internet as Helpful or Harmful, was part of the annual members weekend program for the Pacific Council on International Policy. Joining Latonero for the discussion was Golnaz Esfandiari, senior correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Victoria Esser, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy. Both discussed the role of social networking and how the emergence of new media technology is changing international relations. A lively discussion addressed……

Stacy Smith New Publication

Faculty fellow Stacy Smith released a new report titled "Gender Inequality in Popular Films." An article and link to the full report can be found here…….

Cowan’s play on press freedom completes tour in China

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, a docu-drama co-written by CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan and the late Leroy Aarons, was performed in China in November and December 2011. The L.A. Theatre Works production was performed in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. The tour was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Top Secret was last presented during a successful Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. This China production of Top Secret was directed by award-winning director Stephen Sachs. The cast included well known actors from stage, screen, and television……

Report: 24 states cut funds for public broadcasting, four deleted all state support

Washington – Almost half of all U.S. states have reduced their funding for public radio and television, according to a report this week from Free Press. The analysis shows $30 million was cut from state funding for the 2012 fiscal year and cumulative state support since 2008 has dropped by over $200 million. Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania completely eliminated state support for public broadcasting. In New Jersey, this resulted in the longtime state network going off the air in June, as CCLP reported last summer. Since 2008, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, and Virginia have reduced support……

Panel discusses narrative framing in media

In the Nov. 9 Road to the White House: Politics, Media & Technology, the Trojan debate team and the panel of Annenberg faculty addressed the issue of narrative framing in media. On the panel were faculty members Gordon Stables, Thomas Hollihan, Marc Cooper, and students Joel Lemuel, and Avi Munoz. Hollihan led the discussion by defining the role of the press in today's media. "The press don't tell us what to think but they do tell us what to think about," Hollihan said. In relation to the presidential campaign, the news narrative have also had influence in what the public……

A bi-coastal conversation on arts journalism and social media

On October 20, 2011, the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) hosted preeminent arts organization leaders and journalists in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., in a bi-coastal conversation that centered on the increasing role of online social networking in the arts industry. Organized by CCLP Director Geoff Cowan and CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell, III, the event was part of an ongoing discussion among arts leaders that focuses on how technology is changing the nature of arts institutions and arts reporting. "There's certainly a cultural shift happening right now where there's more interest in being a participant……