A link between gun violence on TV and firearm deaths
Research from Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Daniel Romer and Patrick E. Jamieson found that gun use on television doubled from 2000 to 2018, rising in parallel with the proportion of homicides from firearms in the U.S. during the same period.
Understanding and addressing barriers to COVID vaccine acceptance
Different communities have different reasons for wanting to wait on this shot. Getting to the heart of those concerns can help meet people where they are.
Toward a better understanding of ‘fake news’
PIK Professor Duncan Watts publishes a framework for developing a comprehensive research agenda to study the origins, nature, and consequences of misinformation on democracy.
Penn and USC launch Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication
The new center will enable faculty and doctoral students to work across institutions and disciplines to reimagine communication around complex issues like health care, data privacy, politics, new media, and journalistic trust and integrity.
Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the world
The two-day symposium brought together scholars to discuss a broad range of topics, from racism against Chinese students studying in the United States to digital workplace surveillance of Chinese workers.
Twitter bots may not be as influential as you think
A new study from Annenberg School for Communication finds that verified media accounts are more central in the spread of information on Twitter than bots.
‘Research at Penn’ showcases University breakthroughs and innovations
Produced by the Provost’s Office, the brochure highlights groundbreaking research from each of Penn’s 12 schools. This year it is online-only.
A conversation on the media, truth telling, and social equity
For the Office of Social Equity & Community’s inaugural event, a group of panelists—including several renowned experts in the media industry—gathered virtually to discuss the past, present, and future of journalism in the U.S.
Penn announces five 2021 Thouron Scholars
Four seniors and a 2019 graduate have received a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as long as two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there.
Florence Madenga’s specialty weds journalism, censorship, and internet shutdowns in Africa
The doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication is investigating how satire journalism and humor news are less likely to be censored by the state in her home country of Zimbabwe.
In the News
Zoom burnout is real, and it’s worse for women
Emily Falk of the Annenberg School for Communication said the results of a recent Stanford study, which found women scored higher than men on all types of fatigue associated with video calls, were unsurprising but that Zoom itself may not be fully responsible for burnout. “It’s correlational data, and there could be other potential variables at play here,” she said. “When we’re feeling exhausted right now, how full is our emotional or mental tank to begin with?”
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Big tobacco is coming for legal marijuana
Andy Tan of the Annenberg School for Communication and Shaleen Title of Ohio State University expressed concerns about tobacco companies’ involvement in the burgeoning legal cannabis industry. “The tragic public health consequences of cigarettes were exacerbated through sustained profit-driven predatory marketing practices and deregulatory efforts,” they wrote. “Instead of repeating that history, federal policy makers should work with tobacco control and state-level marijuana experts to prevent Big Tobacco 2.0.”
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Amid growing challenges, Biden to hold 1st news conference
Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about President Biden’s upcoming press conference. “The press conference serves an important purpose: It presents the press an extended opportunity to hold a leader accountable for decisions,” she said.
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Why celebrities are agog over this tiny climate think tank
Zane Cooper, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, said all networked computation, including cryptocurrency, is powered by fossil fuels and harmful to the environment. “Bitcoin reveals a fundamental truth about the relationship between computing and energy,” he said.
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Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be making a difference
Jessica Fishman of the Annenberg School for Communication is researching how incentives compare to other vaccine promotion methods. “I think it’s worth testing since we don’t have evidence that speaks directly to the policy debate, where some are quite adamant that it would absolutely backfire and increase fears of vaccination,” she said.
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