• News

    Johanna Blakley on Freakonomics Radio Live! Lear Center managing director Johanna Blakley joins Stephen Dubner and co-host Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, along with special guests… More
    Are You What You Watch? Do liberals enjoy the same TV shows as conservatives? Do they experience similar emotions while viewing their favorite shows? Our new study looks for connections between media diets and political beliefs, tracking changes from 2008 to 2018. We surveyed a national audience for their views on issues such as guns,… More
    Johanna Blakley: Media Impact Presentation at Science & Cocktails A joint venture of Science and Cocktails and CPH:DOX presents a trans-disciplinary evening of science with media/entertainment researcher Johanna Blakley,… More
    A New Nuclear Arms Race? Join Hollywood, Health & Society and Ploughshares Fund for an in-depth discussion about the momentum building to create a safer,… More
    Africa in the Media In a major initiative to change the way Americans see Africa, the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project has released a seminal report that reveals that Americans seldom see mentions of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news; and when they do, the portrayals are often negative… More
    Immigration Nation: Exploring Immigrant Portrayals on Television This report presents a media content analysis conducted by the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project in collaboration with Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization, to investigate two research questions: 1. How are immigrants and immigration issues depicted on entertainment television? 2. How do these depictions compare with the reality of the immigrant experience?… More
  • Noted

    Middle East Media Initiative, or MEMI, is a Hollywood training and mentorship program launched in 2018 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts to boost the careers of Arabic TV writers and producers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Made possible through a grant from the U.S. State Dept. and backed by the USC Norman Lear Center and American embassies in Egypt, Lebabnon, UAE and Saudi Arabia, the program hosted 17 Arabic media creators —10 writers and seven producers — at the USC campus last summer. READ the complete Variety article about MEMI.

    Hollywood, Health & Society‘s Senior Research Associate Erica Rosenthal talks with the Consortium for Media Literacy about her research work on US and international television shows. READ: Interview begins on page 4.

    So…Does American TV Ever Mention Africa?
    by Alexander Wooley

    READ the NPR story about our new research study Africa in the Media.

    The NRA Is Still Peeved About CNN’s Parkland Town Hall,
    by Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

    READ about the emotional reaction to one of the 2019 Walter Cronkite Awards going to CNN for its raw town hall, held seven days after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL

    USC’s Daily Trojan celebrates the 2019 Ev Rogers Award honoree Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this new article.

    “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses stories to grow our empathy and our aspirations,” said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center. “In her fiction and in her essays, in her novels and in her talks, she weaves her insights about gender, race and identity into the narratives of human experience.”

    READ the full story at the Daily Trojan.

    2018 Ev Rogers Award honoree Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s book Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President has won a PROSE Subject Category Award from the Association of American Publishers. The book, published by Oxford University Press, was the subject category winner for Government, Policy and Politics.

    An article by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker on Cyberwar says: “Jamieson offers a forensic analysis of the available evidence and concludes that Russia very likely delivered Trump’s victory.” A review in Nature by Alexander Klimburg calls the book “a major step forward in trying to understand the ‘new’ media order — and how open this digital landscape is to malicious exploitation… The result is perhaps the clearest-cut glimpse of what an information war looks like.” Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, investigative reporter Bob Woodward noted that Cyberwar presented “a really important line of inquiry.”

  • Blog

    I Remember ‘Aunt Carol’ Channing This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. This temple is going to the dogs,” said the congregant making her way to a seat, to no one in particular but loudly enough for half the sanctuary to hear. “The nerve of them! Bringing in a Carol Channing… More
    News Media Should Democratize Presidential Debates — Not Monetize Them This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The CBS board may have fired Les Moonves for misleading them about sex, but he did call it straight about money, media and politics. “Trump’s run may not be good for America,” he told a conference of investment bankers in 2016, “but it’s… More
    The Straight Line From 5,000 Trump Lies To 11 Jews Murdered In Pittsburgh “There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America,” Donald Trump told the Future Farmers of America following the mass murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue at a Sabbath service — the same Trump who said that some of the neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville were “very… More
    The Suicide Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Our Sick Body Politic This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I would love to believe in petitionary prayer. Especially when life and death are at stake, a God who hears my supplications would be deeply reassuring. Despite my skepticism, I never pass up a chance in shul to say… More
    Trust #PlaidShirtGuy To End Trump’s Nightmare Reign This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.… More
    In The Face Of Circus Politics, We Need Better Stories This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I recently returned from a Trump fast. It was actually a news fast, but since the news these days is pretty much all Trump all the time, a Trump detox is what it turned out to be. It was… More