Research Spotlight

In this section, we would like to highlight media innovation, research and news.

What’s Behind the Numbers on Televised Presidential Debates?

Date: September 19, 2016

In a new APPC publication, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Jo Holz and Heather Akin took a detailed look at television data on U.S. presidential debates in general elections.

Director Gone Bad

Date: August 26, 2016

Mean Girls director Mark Waters C’86 is taking a shot at R-rated comedy with Bad Santa 2 this Thanksgiving—and still trying to figure out his place in ever-evolving Hollywood.

Past Presidential Races and the 2016 Campaign

Date: July 26, 2016

Scholars compared past presidential races to the 2016 campaign. Topics included changes in media coverage, and similarities and differences between previous presidential candidates and marketing styles.

Alumni Exclusive Online Course - Hollywood: History, Industry, Art

Dates: October 21 - November 19, 2016

Penn Alumni Education is hosting its third annual Alumni Exclusive Online Course, Hollywood: History, Industry, Art with Professor Peter Decherney. It runs for four weeks in the fall and includes an in-person event during Homecoming. Registration begins on August 1, 2016 and is limited to 500 alumni.

How the Media is Shaping the 2016 Presidential Election

Date: July 31, 2016

Penn News Today: On Canadian radio, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center discussed the “unusual” media coverage of this year’s presidential election.

FactCheck.org Announces Convention Coverage and Partnership with NBCUniversal TV Stations

Date: July 18, 2016
The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org, the nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters, has formed a partnership with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, to produce at least one fact-checking video each week, beginning this week, through election day.

Adolescents in the Digital Age: Special Journal Issue Focuses on Health

Date: June 20, 2016

The journal Media and Communication has published a special issue on “Adolescents in the Digital Age: Effects on Health and Development,” edited by Dan Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The issue, available online, contains work by researchers studying how adolescents today interact within digital media environments and with their peers and families, which highlight opportunities and challenges for healthy adolescent development in this new digital age.

Obsessed with Reality-TV? You May Be a Narcissist

Date: June 5, 2016

APPC post-doc Robert Lull wrote in The Conversation about his research on reality-TV viewing. It may be to blame for a continuing rise in narcissism in college students.

McCarthy Revisited?

Date: June 3, 2016

In The Huffington Post, Barbie Zelizer of Annenberg warned that media coverage of Donald Trump is showing patterns similar to that of Joseph McCarthy decades ago.

Film and Media Internships Offer Penn Students a Chance to Learn and Network

Date: May 31, 2016

Peter Decherney of Arts & Sciences works to secure funded internships at film and media companies that offer students real-world experience in the industry.

New Book by Marwan Kraidy: The Naked Blogger of Cairo

Date: May 23, 2016

Marwan Kraidy of Annenberg has released his book, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World, which provides a fresh take on recent uprisings.

Transformations: The 2016 PennDesign Year-End Show

Date: May 2016

Design's "Transformations" features work by students such as May grad Marianna Williams. It runs through Wednesday in Meyerson Hall and the Morgan Building.