Baum Moderates PRSA’s State of the State of PR

This article was written by CCLP intern Faith Jessie, a USC Annenberg senior majoring in Public Relations. The Los Angeles Chapter of the PRSA kicked off 2014 with their annual "State of the State of PR" event last week. CCLP managing director Geoffrey Baum (pictured left) was selected to moderate the panel, which aimed to explore the new challenges and opportunities facing PR pros in 2014. The event, hosted at the Luxe City Center Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, attracted PR professionals from all over Los Angeles as well as PRSSA student members. Guests were treated to an evening of…

Australia debates whether cell phones reduce need for a fiber data network

SYDNEY – Critics here are sniping at the Australian government's plan to build optical fiber links to almost all homes here, at an estimated cost of $43 billion. The criticism is that the plan is going forward according to a plan devised years ago – a plan which assumes personal computers would be the way Australians connect to the Internet. At the time, that was correct. But now, with the unexpected surge of mobile devices as a primary medium and with the rise of smart phones as the way people reach the Internet, critics are saying the project could…

CCLP Washington, DC policy forum: Media Ownership and the Public Interest

The University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the New America Foundation's Media Policy Initiative present a discussion with industry leaders and top policymakers on media ownership and the public interest. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 2:00-4:30 p.m ET at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Webcast:…

Monumental crowds drawn to witness election 2012 results at USC’s Ronald Tutor Campus Center

With far more than 500 guests throughout the evening, USC's community gathered around the election night coverage on Tuesday inside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center mirroring the anticipation felt across the nation. Students on hand to experience the event echoed the youth vote indicating that apathy amongst younger voters is often over estimated….

Live presidential debate screening gathers record numbers of the USC community

Record crowds assembled at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for the election season's first presidential debate, held on October 3, 2012. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, welcomed over 350 members of the USC community throughout the evening, the largest ever debate viewing on the USC campus….

Miami Herald cites Latonero’s CCLP report on human trafficking

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Jessica Zech This blog first appeared on the Inside Annenberg website. The Miami Herald mentioned USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy research director Mark Latonero's report on online human trafficking in an article about Internet ads promoting young prostitutes. has gotten heat for allowing adult ads for underage, trafficked prostitutes on its website. The site maintains that it reviews the ads and alerts the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of anything suspicious. Despite Backpage's efforts, pimps who place the ads have learned not to use words the website…

CCLP, Harvard IOP and Bloomberg panel discuss the controversy over Super PACs and campaign financing at the RNC

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy presented a panel alongside Bloomberg and the Harvard Institute of Politics at the Bloomberg Link in Tampa, Florida on the eve of the postponed Republican National Convention. While the convention was officially postponed until Tuesday, August 28, 2012, due to the looming threat of Hurricane Isaac, the pre-convention event successfully went off without postponement creating engaging conversations about the role of media in political discourse among leading news media professionals, political pundits, and leading academics….