Current Projects

Politics, Power, and the Press

2016 – Present |  CCLP continues to host a programming series to discuss the partisan politics of the election seasons and to better understand how journalism continues to be impacted by election seasons and campaign coverage. Leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election, events included trips to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, visits for USC Annenberg students to the inauguration and Women’s March on Washington, a forum about how the executive orders of President Trump would affect USC, and a bipartisan panel about how the media functions in the Trump era. More recently, CCLP supported the publication of a report, by Harvard University Professor Tom Patterson and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, on the media coverage of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. You can find the report here.

In anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Election, CCLP will be co-sponsoring a series of classes focused on the election and political reporting and will take students to the Republican and Democratic National conventions in 2020. As part of CCLP’s 2020 research priorities, the CCLP team is working towards building an interactive, data-driven website that serves as a clearing-house for relevant election information including party registration statistics, voter registration deadlines, absentee ballot voting information, primary data, and accessible details on the delegate selection process in each state.

The Future of News

2007 – Present | CCLP is exploring new models that will sustain quality journalism from the international to the local level while leveraging partnerships and the opportunity to reach broader audiences through technological advances.  Currently, CCLP has partnered with National Public Radio (NPR) to address the crisis in local news through a series of Thought Leaders Meetings with industry leaders. CCLP co-published a report about creative solutions for the growing problems of “news deserts.”

Led by CCLP, our team has created a Los Angeles TimesAhmanson Lab partnership to develop an augmented reality app. The first prototype of the app is in development and provides an immersive experience for viewers to see the Camp Fire’s trajectory over the topography of Southern California.

With a major grant from Carnegie Corporation, CCLP formerly explored the role of government in addressing the crisis facing the news business. The project documented current and historic government engagement in the media while assessing new policy proposals, including postal rates, tax policy, antitrust regulation, broadcast and cable regulation, and direct government support. CCLP returns to the project to continue investigating the investment of foundations and the philanthropic sector as a firewall against the disappearance of critical news and information. With the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, CCLP co-hosted a roundtable discussion in New York on the subject, drawing a cadre of leaders from major news organizations, foundations, nonprofits, publishers and universities. The roundtable addressed such issues as the evolution of nonprofit journalism; attracting additional foundation interest in funding journalism; the related ethical, regulatory and legal issues; educating news organizations on the subject; the creation of news services on specific topics; and other pressing issues on the future of news organizations, reporting and distribution.

CCLP maintains an educational website called Public Policy and Funding, which you can find here.

Cybersecurity and Emergency Response

2016 – Present | CCLP recently became the leader of an academic partnership between USC and the National Governors Association (NGA) on cyber security and emergency response to cyber threats. The CCLP Washington team has mobilized support for an investigation into how to best prepare for and prevent a breakdown of the Internet of Things, or the inter-networking of smart devices. CCLP will help the NGA to foster innovation and build resources at the state-level to tackle problems related to the Internet of Things.

Women and Communication Leadership Initiative

2014 – present | CCLP’s Women and Communication Leadership initiative focuses on scholarly research, policy analysis, public engagement and education, and professional executive training. CCLP has completed and continues to work on many exciting and important initiatives aimed at empowering women in media and communications.

Women are playing a defining role in the reinvention of the media and communications industry. Through public-facing programming, CCLP has brought industry-leading women to USC to engage in thought-provoking conversations about the future of women and media, building off the expertise of many of our Senior Fellows. For the 2018-2019 academic year our programming included:

In addition to our programming, we support research to better understand the relationship between gender and the media and communications. Some of our current projects include an analysis of gender representation on media boards, a gender press freedom map, and survey of gender representation for major journalism awards (in partnership with the International Women’s Media Foundation).

Our Women and Communication Leadership Initiative is made possible by the talented group of Senior Fellows who have joined CCLP and are committed to advancing gender equity in media and communications.

Public Diplomacy

2011 – Present | Director of Washington Programs Adam Clayton Powell III hosts monthly lunches in Washington, D.C. that tackle broad themes of public diplomacy. Adam invites a wide range of non-profit leaders, figures of the political world, and academics to speak at the lunches. Additionally, CCLP holds monthly public diplomacy monitoring forums with leaders from the State Department, Capitol Hill and NGOs and advises the State Department on issues of cyber-security and digital media. Director Geoffrey Cowan recently had the chance to join a panel organized by the U. S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. about the continuing importance of the Voice of America. He discussed the same topic in a new report published by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy called “Why the Voice of America Remains a Vital Force in the World”.

Children’s Media and the Impact of News on American Youth

2016 – Present | Soon, CCLP will partner with incoming Annenberg Dean Willow Bay, non-profit Common Sense Media, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center to host a meeting with stakeholders about the ways that children’s issues are covered by the media. The meeting will focus on the psychological impact of the news on children and the credibility of traditional news sources in the eyes of American youth. Led by CCLP board member Jim Steyer and Senior Fellow Nicco Mele, the initiative was kicked off in March 2017 with a two-day conference at Harvard University (read more about the Harvard University conference here). The project is accompanied by an investigation, by Common Sense Media, into news and America’s kids. The concluding report from the investigation, which discusses issues such as whether or not children can spot fake news, how different sources of news are trusted by children, and how children most often get their news, will be presented at an upcoming CCLP conference.

Civic Tech USC

2015 – Present | CCLP launched a new initiative to examine the intersection of technology, citizenship, and government. Civic Tech USC is a group of researchers and civic hackers exploring how new technologies can help to reimagine civic life and engage everyday people in improving their communities. We study and develop new technologies that promote civic responsibility, transparency, fairness, and participation. In partnership with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Civic Tech USC released a new report entitled Empowering the Public Through Open Data: Findings and Recommendations for City Leaders in Los Angeles County…[read more].