Annenberg School for Communication

Digging deep with Parker Jones

The junior on the volleyball team chats about her responsibilities as an outside hitter, her interest in Penn, the joy of beach volleyball, and coaching the freshman team while she was in high school.

Greg Johnson

A conversation with Julia Ticona

In the latest episode of “Office Hours,” a Penn Today podcast, Assistant Professor of Communication Julia Ticona explains her research about the gig economy and chitchats about cooking, campus, and superpowers.

Brandon Baker

Signaling the trustworthiness of science

Public confidence in science has remained high and stable for years. But recent decades have seen incidents of scientific fraud and misconduct, failure to replicate key findings, and growth in the number of retractions—all of which may affect trust in science.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Associated Press

Trump’s weekend hospital visit draws a skeptical reaction

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center weighed in on speculation that Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend hospital visit was not as routine as the White House claims it was. “If this is routine, why was it not handled in a routine manner?” she asked.


The Washington Post

Move over, ‘latte liberal.’ A new GOP insult invokes goat milk and avocado toast

Diana Mutz of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the ways food is used to make distinctions between groups of people. “It’s a way to draw lines between themselves and others—which is a shame, really,” she said. “But these kinds of things do the trick when they are trying to differentiate and divide.”


The New York Times

Is politics a war of ideas or of us against them?

Yphtach Lelkes of the Annenberg School for Communication said that while it’s hard to disentangle ideology from partisanship when looking at political polarization, the larger pattern appears to be that “ideology driving partisanship only seems to be occurring among those that are most aware of politics, while partisanship driving ideology seems to be happening among everyone.”



Regulators expected to make Google sweat for Fitbit deal approval

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication responded to Fitbit’s assurance that Google will never sell personal information or use fitness tracker data for Google ads, saying, “There are so many ways to finesse that statement. We have to figure out what that really means.”



‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tells a fictional story of suicide. But its actors field messages from very real people in crisis

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about how those behind the mental health-focused Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” are dealing with fan letters on the topic of suicide and anxiety. “They’re actually reaching out individually to people. That’s good that they do that. It’s actually quite responsible,” he said.