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

In the News

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.


The Washington Post

As red states send migrants to blue states, sanctuary cities are crucial

Domenic Vitiello of the Weitzman School of Design writes about the history of American sanctuary cities and their continued importance against a restrictive immigration system.


The Hill

Fewer than half of Americans can name all three branches of government, survey finds

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s annual Constitution Day survey reveals a significant drop in the percentage of Americans who can name all three branches of government, featuring a quote from Kathleen Hall Jamieson.



Kathleen Hall Jamieson on civics education

In a video interview, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center discusses the Center’s Constitution Day civics survey and the importance of civics education.


The Washington Post

In sprint to November, Democrats seize on shifting landscape over abortion

Grad student Rebecca Wu of the School of Nursing explains why she switched her voter registration from California to Pennsylvania, with additional Penn students and organizers featured in photographs.


Philadelphia Tribune

Redistricting is voter suppression too

In an op-ed, Ben Jealous of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts & Sciences writes that redistricting is robbing Black candidates and voters of representation in state and federal legislatures.