Communications

How storytelling can motivate us to help others

A new study from Annenberg School’s Communication Neuroscience Lab finds that personal stories—instead of cold facts—make people want to help keep others safe.

Alina Ladyzhensky

Tech’s role in Russia’s war on Ukraine

Media scholar Courtney Radsch says tech platforms should have been faster to address Russian government propaganda, misinformation, and censorship.

Alina Ladyzhensky

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

New COVID-19 roadmap: Four takeaways

A report spearheaded by PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, with input from other Penn experts, lays out a dozen priorities for the federal government to tackle in the next 12 months. The aim: to help guide the U.S. to the pandemic’s “next normal.”

Michele W. Berger

Why unions matter for nursing

A new study examines nursing’s relationship to union organizing and feminism, as well as the profession’s unique organizing challenges.

Alina Ladyzhensky



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Philadelphia Inquirer

Lights. Camera. Crime

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center analyzed Philadelphia’s broadcast networks in 1998 and found crime coverage to be racially biased, which he concluded is tied to financial incentives. “The suburbs are the target for their advertisers because they have more wealthy households and they tend to be white,” he said. “Showing people of color attacking whites, that’s scary stuff. Now, that’s a cynical view. But I mean, it’s a business.”

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The Washington Post

Outmatched in military might, Ukraine has excelled in the information war

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said Ukraine’s messaging strategy has been “visually evocative [and] highly dramatic.”

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Reuters

Fact Check-‘VAIDS’ is not a real vaccine-induced syndrome, experts say; no evidence COVID-19 vaccines cause immunodeficiency

Stephen Gluckman of the Perelman School of Medicine debunked false claims that vaccines can create immunodeficiency.

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The Washington Post

Three new pandemic initiatives launch as Biden hits one-year mark

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said that even if vaccination rates continue to climb despite anti-vax sentiments, there would still be room for improvement. “Even the relatively small part of the population that accepts misinformation is problematic,” she said.

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The Hill

White House points finger at the press

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication weighed in on the relationship between the media and the Biden administration. “They don’t want to have the same relationship that the Trump administration had, and I don’t think they do,” said Pickard.

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USA Today

Twitter accounts tied to China lied that COVID came from Maine lobsters

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said public health disinformation from China-based social media accounts is nothing new. "Early in the pandemic, Chinese sources spread the theory that SARS CoV-2 originated at Fort Detrick and was spread to China by U.S. military," she said. "The platforms can remove it, or if they decide against doing so, can downgrade it or flag it and attach fact-checking content."

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