The times and life of W.E.B. Du Bois at Penn

In 1896, Du Bois was appointed an assistant instructor at Penn and began his investigation of the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia—research that he would turn into his groundbreaking work, “The Philadelphia Negro.”

Greg Johnson

Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth

It has been 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, elected as South Africa’s first black president after being imprisoned by the apartheid government for nearly three decades. Penn Professor Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Mandela’s legacy and his continuing impact today.

Louisa Shepard

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Associated Press

Study Finds False Stories Travel Way Faster Than the Truth

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center questions a study’s methods for measuring truth in news stories, and suggests rebranding “false” stories as “viral deception” to emphasize the severity of potential harm.


Dame Magazine

The New Yorker Has a Byline Problem

Research by Alex T. Williams of the Annenberg School for Communication has shown that minority journalists are hired at lower rates after graduation than white journalists, in part because of fewer opportunities while still in school.