Annenberg School for Communication

Shifting the climate narrative

In a Q & A with Penn Today, Michael Mann of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media shares his views on the role of storytelling in the fight against climate change.

Nathi Magubane

Desmond Patton and the science of being human

Penn Integrates Knowledge University professor Desmond Upton Patton discusses his research in social media and violence, finding an interdisciplinary career in social work, communication, data science, and psychiatry, and why his open-mindedness never stops.

Kristina García

In the News

The New York Times

Trump attacked me. Then Musk did. It wasn’t an accident

In an Op-Ed, Yoel Roth of the Annenberg School for Communication says that his experience of public attacks and harassment while working at Twitter was part of a larger, targeted political campaign to erode online safety and strengthen misinformation.



Elon Musk blames school for rift with daughter: ‘She doesn’t want to spend time with me’

A 2022 study by Sandra González-Bailón of the Annenberg School for Communication found that Twitter, now X, gives more visibility to those with conservative ideologies than those who tend to express more progressive views.


This Penn researcher is exploring how ChatGPT fits into the social sciences

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton and colleagues are studying how generative AI, particularly chatbots, can be used ethically in social sciences work.


The Washington Post

Texas Tribune, hailed as nonprofit media success, suffers first layoffs

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication says that the Texas Tribune’s layoffs reflect broader structural problems that are facing local journalism.


KFF Health News

‘All we want is revenge’: How social media fuels gun violence among teens

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton says that online outpourings of grief after gang violence often presage additional violence.