Annenberg School for Communication

Local news volume does not increase pro-social behaviors during COVID-19

Previous research found people were more likely to engage in civic behaviors—like voting, recycling, or wearing a face covering—when their local newspaper includes coverage of these activities. New research finds that may not be as relevant anymore.

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In the News


The New Yorker

Inside the Lincoln Project’s war room

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the Lincoln Project’s outreach to Republican voters. “They’re basically mining everything you can reasonably mine from the available news cycle and the anxieties of the moment. We’ve never seen that before.”

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PBS NewsHour

Gehry-designed Eisenhower Memorial unveiled after 20 years—during a fraught moment

David Eisenhower of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about a new memorial to his grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “I think memorialization is a process that is renewed,” he said. “So, when you dedicate the memorial, I think that you are investing or gambling, in a sense, on the future, that the message that a memorial conveys will have a kind of timeless quality to it.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

COVID-19 has more Americans thinking about science. Could this be a Sputnik moment?

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about how the evolution in the U.S. in recent years of perceptions of climate change, with almost 70% of Americans now agreeing that human activity is a contributing factor. “The evidence has become clearer. The communication has become more effective. And people have experienced events in their lives that they attribute to climate change,” she said. “That suggests this isn’t a hopeless task.”

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Voice of America

Rattled by protests, Iraqi Kurdish leaders punish journalists

Mohammed Salih of the Annenberg School for Communication said Kurdistan’s political system has both democratic and authoritarian tendencies. “The pendulum typically swings more toward the authoritarian side of the spectrum during moments of ‘crisis’—that is, when the ruling class feels direct challenges to their power,” he said.

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“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

Is your boss spying on you while you work remotely?

Julia Ticona of the Annenberg School for Communication said the pandemic has contributed to an escalation of worker surveillance.

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