Cinema & Media Studies

Cable news networks have grown more polarized

An Annenberg School for Communication analysis of 10 years of cable TV news reveals a growing partisan gap as networks like Fox and MSNBC have shifted to the right or the left of the political spectrum.

From Annenberg School for Communication

Oscars 2022, predicted

Penn Cinema and Media Studies and Theatre Arts faculty make their predictions about this year’s Oscar winners—organized by category.

Brandon Baker

Public media can improve our ‘flawed’ democracy

A new study finds that countries with well-funded public media have healthier democracies, and explains why investment in U.S. public media is an investment in the future of journalism and democracy alike.

Alina Ladyzhensky

Believability in the wake of #MeToo

Sarah Banet-Weiser analyzes representations of sexual violence survivorship in recent TV shows to explore how and why believing women remains a contentious cultural battle.

From Annenberg School for Communication

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USA Today

Up for debate? Midterm candidates dispute rules and dodge debates in a new campaign normal

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center explains why political candidates are questioning the effectiveness of debates.


Americans’ civic expertise is apparently not that great

On an episode of “The Smerconish Podcast,” Kathleen Hall Jamieson discusses the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s new study on declining civics knowledge.


USA Today

‘Hope’ is out, ‘fight’ is in: Does tweeting divide Congress, or simply echo its divisions?

Yphtach Lelkes of the Annenberg School for Communication says that polarized language between politicians tends to drive mass polarization by stoking self-fulfilling prophecies about a more divided world.


Harvard Business Review

Selling on TikTok and Taobao

Thomas S. Robertson of the Wharton School writes about the growth of online video platforms and explains why consumers are drawn to livestream commerce.


Fox 4 (Kansas City)

Remembering Princess Diana

In a video interview, Emma Hart of the School of Arts & Sciences speaks on Princess Diana’s legacy and continued impact 25 years after her passing.


Los Angeles Times

Essential politics: Let’s talk about those White House student loan tweets

Pinar Yildirim of the Wharton School says that the White House’s new direct social media response to conservative politicians is unusual and more effective at capturing attention, though its informality might lead to future debate.