Annenberg School for Communication

Archiving the creation of a memorial

In a class taught by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Annenberg School for Communication doctoral students are documenting the process of creating the Fallen Journalists Memorial in Washington, D.C., interrogating everything from physical site to word choice.

Michele W. Berger

Scholarship beyond the written word

Ethnomusicologist Juan Castrillón, the inaugural Gilbert Seldes Multimodal Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, is on a quest to get other academics to see multimedia work as he does: on par with scholarly text.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

In the News

Managed Healthcare Executive

Name change needed for Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System to reduce misinformation, says Penn’s Annenberg Center

A report from the Annenberg Public Policy Center examines how the name, description, and contents of VAERS, the federal government’s vaccine monitoring system, allowed anti-vaxxers and politicians to more easily mislead the public about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.



We’ll soon have tools to protect infants against RSV. Can we put them to good use?

Research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 53% of women of childbearing age thought flu shots were safe to receive during pregnancy, with more pronounced distrust regarding COVID vaccines.


Scientific American

People, not Google’s algorithm, create their own partisan ‘bubbles’ online

According to Homa Hosseinmardi of the Annenberg School for Communication, ensuring that search engine giants like Google operate with people’s best interest in mind requires knowing how people are using the algorithm, not just how the algorithm works.



The pandemic didn't really change how Americans think about sickness

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that overall scientific literacy has grown during the pandemic, even as more people began to believe conspiracy theories and misinformation.


Los Angeles Blade

Washington law protects trans kids seeking care without parent’s ok

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s debunked the notion that a proposed Washington state law would allow the government to take children away from parents who don’t agree to gender transition surgery.