Cinema & Media Studies

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

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.

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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.



Small Kansas paper raided by police has a history of hard-hitting reporting

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication says that when a local newspaper is lost, levels of corruption rise, civic engagement declines, people are less likely to vote, and community taxes go up.


Scientific American

Journalism is a public good and should be publicly funded

In a 2022 essay, Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication defined the “positive” interpretation of the First Amendment.


Religion News Service

How a mysterious Indian religious figure united Hindus and Muslims

In an Op-Ed, Murali Balaji of the Annenberg School for Communication says that Shirdi Sai Baba’s influence in shaping Indian spirituality could be instrumental to building bridges between Hindus and Muslims.