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 launches public diplomacy series in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Public diplomacy is the focus of a new series of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy forums that launched last week on August 30th, in Washington D.C. The first program, "The Last Three Feet: Case Studies in Public Diplomacy," was devoted to efforts by the U.S. to establish personal relationships with publics overseas and drew on contributors to the recently published book titled by the same name. The latest book in the Public Diplomacy Series published by the Public Diplomacy Council is now available on, both in paperback and as an e-book. Jean E. Manes, Staff…

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….

National USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll shows presidential race in dead heat going into the conventions

Originally Posted by: USC Annenberg News on August 23, 2012 This blog first appeared on the USC Annenberg News website. In a just-released national survey leading up to the Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lead the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by a slim margin of 48-46 among likely voters, with just 3 percent of voters undecided….

Mastering the Context

This blog first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) has always intrigued me. It aims to measure analytic reasoning based on connecting two extreme and partial analogies. So the MAT question of today is: What do Plato (b. 428 BCE) and "Professor" Harold Hill, (b. 1957 in Meredith Wilson's Broadway hit, The Music Man) have in common? Class? … Class? … The envelope, please: "Ah, contextual intelligence!" Plato believed philosophers were the best rulers of the ship of state. "A pilot," he said, "must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the…