Popular Music Project director and USC Annenberg School for Communication director Josh Kun‘s latest book offers a sharp look at the importance and shifting nature of the autograph in Los Angeles, from movie star signatures to contemporary graffiti. The Angel City Press book is published in tandem with an LA Central… More
INTERNS WANTED If you love entertainment and are looking for experience studying its impact, we want to hear from you. The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is a research institution that studies and shapes the impact of entertainment and media on society. We are seeking interns to join our team… More
2018 Rogers Award winner Kathleen Hall Jamieson talks about her new, explosive book with the New Yorker‘s distinguished Jane Mayer. Read the full article. READ AN EXCERPT from her new book at The Daily Beast Read more about the book.
Popular Music Project director Josh Kun edited and provided texts for Double Vision: The Photography Of George Rodriguez, the first career retrospective of legendary photographer and activist, George Rodriguez. Since the 1950s, Rodriguez has quietly documented multiple social worlds—in California and beyond—that have never before been displayed together, a rare mix… More
“Without advertising money, social media platforms are unsustainable.” In a CBC news report, Lear Center managing director Johanna Blakley speaks about the wake up call online platforms are experiencing as metrics reveal users’ trust is on the decline. Tech giants could be forced to clean up the rampant online toxicity if… More
Virtual Reality can help bring stories to life in exciting ways. Read our new study on immersive journalism from FRONTLINE and Emblematic Studios to learn what our research reveals about new technologies.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Marty Kaplan joins Norman Lear and Paul Hipp to talk about the impact of news and entertainment on culture, their founding of the Norman Lear Center, the importance of Bollywood and Nollywood globally, and the sad truth about the amount of real news we actually receive.
We are deeply grateful for the friendship and guidance Kevin Starr offered as an advisory board member at the birth of the Norman Lear Center. His remarkable and comprehensive series of books Americans and the California Dream, as well as his decades of brilliant teaching and service to the citizens… More
We were privileged that the late historian Joyce Appleby graced the panel “Vote For My Story – Political Narratives & the 2012 Election” (moderated by Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan) with her keen intellect, rich historical insights and wit. What a gift. Here’s a brief video clip: Here’s the full… More
The USC Annenberg family along with USC President C.L. Max Nikias celebrated ASCJ professor and Popular Music Project Director Josh Kun in late November to honor his receiving a 2016 MacArthur “genius award” Fellowship. It was a moving collection of tributes, thanks, gratitude and joy. VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY. We’re… More