In memoriam: Distinguished fellow Warren Bennis, 89

The staff and board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy mourn the passing of advisory board member and distinguished fellow Warren Bennis. A true pioneer who helped found the field of leadership studies, Bennis was part of CCLP from the very beginning, sharing his wisdom, guidance and insights at several gatherings. We are profoundly grateful for Dr. Bennis's support and enthusiasm for CCLP's work, and his countless contributions as a scholar, strategist and leader over nearly four decades at USC. The university has published an obituary highlighting Bennis's achievements, as has The New York Times,…

FCC’s Zachary Katz named CCLP Senior Fellow

Zachary Katz, Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission, has been appointed a Senior Fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The appointment begins in July 2013 following his planned departure from the FCC after Chairman Julius Genachowski leaves the agency later this month. As a senior fellow, Katz will help develop, lead and advise on programs and research projects related to broadband, mobile and media initiatives. He joins a distinguished group of CCLP senior fellows that include journalists and media executives such as…

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….

Internet a potent weapon in fight against human trafficking: Report offers recommendations for industry & government

The rapid expansion of the Internet is being used to facilitate human trafficking, yet it also can be harnessed to monitor and combat this form of modern-day slavery. The result of a year-long investigation by research director Mark Latonero, Ph.D., and his team, Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds focuses on how technology and online tools can be used to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators….

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…

Landmark FCC Report highlights CCLP research

For its new report assessing the national and local media landscape and offering policy recommendations on how to preserve the public's access to news and information, the Federal Communications Commission appointed award-winning journalist and CCLP Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard to the working group that led research, conducted interviews and drafted the document. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski publicly thanked Kennard in his remarks at the FCC meeting in Washington D.C. on June 9. Kennard (pictured below) assembled a research team that included CCLP junior fellows Rebecca Shapiro and Monica Alba, along with research associates Cater Lee and Sarah Erickson. They investigated…

Cowan opens national forum on civics education

CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan provided opening remarks to the Civic Innovators Forum for Civics Learning at the National Press Club on Wednesday, March 30. The program, which also included presentations by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson, brought together top policymakers, scholars, journalists and philanthropists to explore ways to bolster civics education in schools across the country….

Geoffrey Cowan named president of Sunnylands Trust

CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, has been named the first president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. The Sunnylands Trust is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity established by the Annenberg Foundation primarily to hold high level retreats that "address serious issues facing the nation and the world community." Sunnylands is the name of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg's beautiful 200-acre estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The estate will serve as a venue for important meetings of top government officials and leaders from education, philanthropy, the arts, culture, science…

Reinventing Local News: 2010 details how technology and innovation may save local news

While revenues decline for traditional media organizations despite high demand for news and information, technology and innovation may be saving local news, according to Reinventing Local News: 2010, a report released by the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. In Reinventing Local News: 2010, Adam Clayton Powell III updates his landmark 2006 book Reinventing Local News: Connecting Communities Through New Technologies….

LA Times Exec Klein Joins CCLP as Executive in Residence

Jeffrey S. Klein, former senior executive with the Los Angeles Times and Times Mirror, has joined the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) as the 2010-2011 Executive in Residence. As both a lawyer and journalist, he has more than 24 years of experience operating newspaper, magazine, television and Internet businesses. At CCLP, Klein will focus on the New Models for News initiative and on how legacy media companies are moving into the digital age. In addition, Klein will contribute regularly to the CCLP blog (, participate in programs and workshops organized by the Center, including the News Entrepreneur Boot…