CCLP, Bloomberg and Harvard convene journalists and political strategists for candid conversations at national conventions

LIVE WEBCAST: Top journalists and political strategists will offer straightforward assessments of the campaigns and the press and explore the role of media has in shaping the national political discourse at public events during the national political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte….

Univision, Disney In Talks To Create 24-Hour News Channel In English For Latinos

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted CCLP Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro of the USC Annenberg School about a new English-language news channel planned by Univision and Disney. "There are several assumptions here. Is there room for another all-news channel? And within the Hispanic market, is there enough demand for an all-news channel?" Suro said. To read the article in full click here….

Journalists, arts organization leaders explore social media's impact on arts journalism at CCLP forum in Washington, D.C.

The impact of social media and changing audiences were primary concerns of arts journalists and leaders of cultural institutions who gathered at a Communication Leadership Policy Forum at the University of Southern California's Washington, D.C. Center on August 1. "Arts journalism is struggling for its life," said Jaime Bennett of the National Endowment for the Arts. "It's no surprise that journalists are taking to the blogosphere to share their reviews." Organized by senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III (pictured right) and Tim Page, the USC Annenberg journalism professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic for The Washington Post, the forum…

Bennis profiled in WaPo article for new memoir

Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis has been garnering more attention as his memoir Still Surprised has come to bookshelves everywhere. In this week's "On Leadership" section of the The Washington Post website, reporter Howard Gardner reflects on how his personal relationship with Bennis and the lessons Bennis has shared on leadership have affected the reporter's life and his ability to lead. Bennis' profile can be read on the WaPo's website….

Bennis comments on WaPo’s Top Secret America Investigation

This week, the Washington Post released an extensive two-year investigative report entitled Top Secret America. This report, led by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin examines the US infrastructure of national security and intelligence. The "system so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it's fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping its citizens safe," according to the release. Upon the release of the report, Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis shared his thoughts with "On Leadership" on the Washington Post website:…

Bennis on the Leadership of Steinbrenner

"George Steinbrenner's success can be summed in one word: Dollars," is how Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis describes the leadership of Yankees owner, the late George Steinbrenner, who passed away earlier this week. "Steinbrenner's leadership was costly…Hiring and firing managers at will can only be done with [his] personal wealth…" But Bennis recognizes that Steinbrenner's leadership was not all about the money. In order to be successful, Steinbrenner had to possess the ability to lead his team, even though he was not on the field. "One example of 'leadership rules' that could simply be called 'grown up' manners is that exemplary…

‘Top Secret’ play and discussion series in New York City wrap with a bright future

Produced by LA Theatre Works in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop and Affinity Collaborative Theatre, Leroy Aarons and Geoffrey Cowan's Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers closed with rave reviews and an impressive model for using theater to explore and discuss the role of media in a democracy. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy organized conversations focused on the tension between issues of national security and a free press that included journalists, scholars, jurists, and public policy leaders from partner organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Columbia Journalism Review, New York University, and more….

Two Newspaper Models: Microlocal success, large market challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The latest evidence of financial viability of microlocal news comes from an article in the Wall Street Journal describing the Register-Star, a successful newspaper in Hudson, a town in Columbia County, New York. The formula is a familiar one: "a rich diet of local politics, education news, crime, school sports and people stories." And according to the Journal article, the Register-Star never relied on classified advertising as heavily as the major metro dailies, all of which have seen their classified ad revenue eviscerated by But that's another blog; let's go back to the editorial side, to…