In memoriam: Senior fellow Laurie Becklund

Senior fellow Laurie Becklund, an award-winning journalist and former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, passed away Sunday night at her home in Hollywood from metastatic breast cancer. She was 66. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy mourns the loss of Becklund, who exemplified CCLP’s mission of shaping the future of news and civic discourse. “Aileen and I knew and admired Laurie for more than 30 years,” said CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan. “She was a courageous reporter but an even more courageous cancer victim. We were lucky to have had her in our lives.” Becklund spoke…

BILD Deputy Editor-in-Chief named CCLP visiting fellow

Florian von Heintze, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the German newspaper BILD, is joining the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) as a 2014-2015 visiting fellow. While based at CCLP, Heintze will lead a series of programs examining media coverage of global events from different international perspectives. This conversation series will be presented in partnership with the Pacific Council on International Policy. “Florian is a highly regarded newsroom innovator who helps lead one of Europe’s top-selling newspapers,” said Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director. “He brings a broad global perspective to CCLP and I am delighted to have him join…

Dana Chinn, director of USC Annenberg’s Media Impact Project, named CCLP faculty fellow

Recently named director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project, Dana Chinn is a media analytics strategist whose teaching, research and consulting focus on digital analytics for news and nonprofit organizations. As a faculty fellow, Chinn leads the Open Data LA project, a CCLP collaboration with the USC Price School of Public Policy that aims to promote public access to government data throughout Los Angeles County. "Open data is a new aspect of journalism in the public interest," said Chinn. "It's a worldwide movement, but we're going to focus on how open data initiatives can address…

The List Project founder Kirk W. Johnson joins CCLP as visiting fellow

Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. The List Project has helped more than 2,000 US-affiliated Iraqis find refuge in America by partnering with eight top law firms to provide pro bono legal assistance, along with thousands of American volunteers that help resettled Iraqis with "everything from retooling resumes to finding furniture." The List Project has been featured on 60 Minutes, This American Life, and documentary film The List. Prior to the List Project,…

Columbia Journalism School features CCLP case study

Describing it as “a powerful new case on the business of media,” the Columbia Journalism School announced that it will feature CCLP’s research work on the Long Beach Post as a new case study for use in its prestigious Knight Case Studies Initiative. The case study, The Jury is Out: The Long Beach Post and Online Local News, is authored by CCLP Executive-in-Residence Jeffrey S. Klein and Research Associate María J. Vázquez. The report is available for journalism educators and students throughout the country and will be used as a teaching resource on the future of online community news websites….

CCLP Researchers Share Projects with Annenberg Students, Faculty

From technology's impact on public diplomacy to the role of biography in constructing presidential legacy, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy's (CCLP) diverse range of research projects and policy initiatives on display at the April 13th Policy Research Roundtable. Convened by CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan and hosted by CCLP Research Director Mark Latonero (pictured left), the lunchtime event served as an opportunity for the Center to spotlight its key areas of engagement. "We believe that we have an obligation to produce research that makes a difference," Cowan explained to the standing-room only crowd, which included CCLP Fellows…

Author Morley Winograd appointed 2011 CCLP Senior Fellow

Author and communication technology expert Morley Winograd has been appointed as a 2011 senior fellow of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP). Winograd, who is co-author with Michael D. Hais of the forthcoming book, Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America, will help lead discussions and research projects on how the Millennial generation is reshaping the use of communication technologies. "Millennials turned the Internet, created by older generations to empower individuals, into a powerful new tool for increasing social interactions. I look forward to working with the Center to understand in more depth the…

Senior Fellow Kit Rachlis named editor of American Prospect

Congratulations to senior fellow Kit Rachlis on his selection as editor of The American Prospect. ———————————————————————————– Press Release The American Prospect Announces New Editor Washington, DC-Miles S. Rapoport, President of The American Prospect magazine (www.prospect.org), today announced that Kit Rachlis will become the magazine's new Editor. Rachlis' career in journalism spans almost 30 years, during which time he has been an editor at The Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and most recently at Los Angeles magazine. "We are thrilled to welcome Kit Rachlis to The Prospect," said Rapoport, who is also President of Demos (www.demos.org), The…