Twitter bots may not be as influential as you think

A new study from Annenberg School for Communication finds that verified media accounts are more central in the spread of information on Twitter than bots.

Ashton Yount, From Annenberg School for Communication

Annenberg researchers use data science skills for social justice

Data scientists at the Annenberg School for Communication are working with the Amistad Law Project to create an open access dashboard of data that can aid efforts to help the incarcerated communiy.

From Annenberg School for Communication, Ashton Yount

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Associated Press

Amid growing challenges, Biden to hold 1st news conference

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about President Biden’s upcoming press conference. “The press conference serves an important purpose: It presents the press an extended opportunity to hold a leader accountable for decisions,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be making a difference

Jessica Fishman of the Annenberg School for Communication is researching how incentives compare to other vaccine promotion methods. “I think it’s worth testing since we don’t have evidence that speaks directly to the policy debate, where some are quite adamant that it would absolutely backfire and increase fears of vaccination,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Vaccines already brought good news. Better messaging can bring more

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center co-authored an op-ed about how ambassadorship and other forms of public health messaging can alleviate vaccine hesitancy.


Our era’s defining battle: Facts vs. misinformation

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center was interviewed about fact-checking in journalism, which has increased in response to rampant misinformation online. “It is not advisable to negate something; it’s advisable to displace something,” she said. “A detailed alternative account of the reality has a power that simply saying ‘that’s wrong’ or ‘no, that’s not true’ doesn’t.”


Minneapolis Star Tribune

6 strategies for cooling it down on social media

Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication shared his findings on how to improve communication between individuals with polarized political viewpoints.


The Washington Post

On conservative talk radio, efforts to tone down inflammatory rhetoric appear limited

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences weighed in on how conservative talk radio hosts will address the incoming Biden administration. “A Democratic administration equals a new boogeymen to focus on,” said Rosenwald. “You might have offhand references or conversation about Biden being an illegitimate president, but the focus won’t be on the ‘stolen election’ unless and until there is fresh news on the topic.”