Cinema & Media Studies

Oscars predictions 2024

Ahead of the 96th Academy Awards on March 10, Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve of Cinema & Media Studies offers predictions for the screenplay categories.

Brandon Baker

Starstruck on the Cannes red carpet

The 30 students who attended the Cannes Film Festival through a Penn Summer Abroad course were able to watch screenings of at least three to four films a day. For the most sought-after American film premieres they waited in “last-minute” lines for hours.

Louisa Shepard

How dark money fuels climate denialism

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Penn faculty to discuss distrust in science, the fossil fuel industry, and the conservative Supreme Court.

Marilyn Perkins

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Philadelphia Inquirer

A Taylor Swift-themed addiction recovery group started in Philly and became ‘a community with the vibe of a Taylor concert’

Jessa Lingel of the Annenberg School for Communication says that online music fandoms have always been places where people make sense of stigmas.


Boston Globe

Two public radio stations. Two different business models. One future of public radio in Boston hangs in the balance

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication says that there’s a greater need for public broadcasting than ever before, especially as entire sectors of the commercial news media system are crumbling.


Yahoo! Finance

Media companies cut thousands of jobs so far this year. They're not coming back

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication says that the ad-revenue business model for journalism has collapsed and can’t be replaced with paywalls.


Philadelphia Inquirer

How Newtown native Alex Cooper used ‘Call Her Daddy’ to create a sex-positive podcasting empire

Sarah Banet-Weiser of the Annenberg School for Communication says that shows like “Call Her Daddy” can be useful for building solidarity among women and helping them understand what it means to be a sexual subject, not a sexual object.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

PBS is coming to Philly to talk climate, community empowerment at Penn

The Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media will convene with PBS, WHYY, community leaders, science communicators, journalists, and leading scientists at an upcoming Philadelphia panel to discuss the value of storytelling to educate about climate change.


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.