Cinema & Media Studies

How news coverage affects public trust in science

News media reports about scientific failures that do not recognize the self-correcting nature of science can damage public perceptions of trust and confidence in scientific work.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

How news messages affect views on vaccination

News coverage of expert scientific evidence about vaccine safety is effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but the positive effect is diminished when the expert message is juxtaposed with a personal narrative about real side effects.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Rahul Mukherjee’s life in the screen

In two classes, the Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies looks at the big picture of our digital life.

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Washington Monthly

Our divisions are worse than you think

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education reflects on conservatives and progressives who are locked into their own media bubbles, while each presents America as under existential threat for vastly different reasons.

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Slate.com

Limbaugh’s lamentable legacy

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the late Rush Limbaugh’s role in shaping talk radio, conservative media, and the Republican Party. “He was this brilliant, gifted entertainer. But it was kind of like the dark arts,” said Rosenwald. “He used his power to do a lot of terrible things.”

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The Washington Post

Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk radio industry

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said radio station owners are unlikely to invest in local personalities due to financial constraints, putting AM radio “in imminent danger, unless someone comes along to invest enough to enable it to become a local medium again.”

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The Washington Post

Conservative media decry Capitol riot, but grievances remain

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said conservative media figures may hesitate to issue retractions or contradict President Trump. “Introspection and regret would require peeling back the curtain and admitting that in the interest of putting on the best show possible, they often use hyperbolic or ... extreme presentations because they are more gripping or entertaining than nuance,” Rosenwald said.

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The Washington Post

Does Electoral College end election for conservative media?

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said conservative media are shaped by their audience’s preferences. “As conservative media proliferated, it put a lot more pressure on the hosts to move to the right and embrace warfare politics,” he said. “If they don’t, they get accused of selling out. This is a business.”

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Los Angeles Times

Want to change Hollywood culture? Stop using classic movie formulas

PIK Professor John Jackson Jr. authored an op-ed about how clichés in filmmaking oversimplify complex issues like racism. “A truly diverse and inclusive Hollywood will need the courage to forsake many of the classic formulas that it believes audiences require for the grandest stories it tries to tell,” he wrote.

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