Current Projects

The Internet of Things – 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.

Politics, Power, and the Press

2016 – Present | Before and after the 2016 Presidential Election, CCLP hosted a programming series to discuss the partisan politics of the election season and to better understand how journalism was impacted by election season. 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. Most 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.

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

2016 – Present | Later this year, 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 new CCLP board member Jim Steyer and Senior Fellow Nicco Mele, the initiative was kicked off this March, 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 the 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].

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”.

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.  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.