Norman Lear Has Questions

Legendary writer and producer Norman Lear asked 27 students from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism three questions: What they look forward to when they wake up in the morning; a piece they’ve read that benefited them, and whether they have ever cried with joy. The video aired… More

Define American

Define American presented a sneak peek of the findings of our new entertainment media study at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the conversation here. Sign up for updates on the 2020 study at

Kathleen Hall Jamieson receives Public Welfare Medal

Our 2018 Ev Rogers Award winner, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, will be awarded the 2020 Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences at its annual meeting in April. Read the full release.

Encyclopedia of Journalists on Film

Richard Ness, Chief Film Consultant and Researcher with our Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture project and a professor of Film at Western Illinois University, has published the definitive guide to journalists on film. Read all about it!

Autograph Book LA

Get up to speed on the new Josh Kun book in collaboration with the LA Public Library, “The Autograph Book of L.A.: Improvements on the Page of the City,” out now from Angel City Press. Great reviews from LA Times and LA Downtown News.

“Why is it that a network gets to monetize our election? It’s a financial transaction between democracy and the media industry. Politics has effectively merged with entertainment, because both these entities are in the attention-capture business.” – Marty Kaplan, Lear Center director READ more of Marty’s take on the 2020… More


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. Made possible through a grant from the U.S. State Dept. and American embassies in Egypt, Lebanon, UAE… More

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… More