Media Highlights

Fresno Bee
Devin Nunes has more cash on hand than any other Republican. What does he want to do next?
July 29, 2021

The Fresno Bee quoted Dan Schnur on U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes' preparations for his 2022 re-election campaign. “On one hand, he made enemies in all 50 states," Schnur said. "On the other hand, he put together tremendous national support."

The New York Times
The ‘Californization’ of the Olympics
July 23, 2021

The New York Times featured Neftalie Williams on how the inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympics means an uptick in diversity. "It makes you think about the fact that here are Olympians that can get arrested skating down the street," he said. "No one's getting arrested playing water polo."

What is ripple effect of U.S. women’s gymnast testing positive for COVID-19?
July 19, 2021

Today spoke with Alan Abrahamson on the news that a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 four days before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. "Everyone expected [positive] COVID tests; to have a COVID test affect the gymnastics team, that's a big wow," he said.

Los Angeles Times
With surfing and skateboarding, the Olympics are totally trying to be California cool
July 17, 2021

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neftalie Williams on the inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympic Games. "By having skaters and surfers there, it changes the notion of who is considered an athlete,” he said.

Report: L.A. sees spike in homicides despite overall dip in crime
July 16, 2021

KCBS-TV featured research by Crosstown, a partnership between the USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi, on the city of Los Angeles seeing a spike in homicides despite a dip in crime.

The New York Times
‘The Boys in Red Hats’ review: Cool story, bro
July 15, 2021

The New York Times noted that Allissa Richardson was interviewed in a new documentary on the 2019 incident when a high school student grinned and stared at a Native American demonstrator.

The Guardian
Once England had Tebbit’s cricket test – now it’s the penalty kick test
July 14, 2021

In an essay for the Guardian, Ben Carrington assessed the debate around race and sports in the United Kingdom. "We must all now take responsibility for creating a nation that recognises and respects all Black British citizens regardless of how well one of us can take a spot kick," he wrote.

Suspended from social media, Donald Trump turns to traditional media avenues to push falsehoods
July 14, 2021

PolitiFact quoted Laura Castañeda on why media outlets need to better explain to the public how they determine newsworthiness. "That could help mitigate charges of bias from the public," she said. "Transparency is key."

Unprecedented California budget to usher in sweeping education changes
July 13, 2021

EdSource cited research by Hernan Galperin of USC Annenberg and Stephen Aguilar of USC Rossier on the need for affordable broadband access for K-12 students.

Washington Post
In closed-door meetings at MTV, creators are grappling with how to make entertainment more responsible
July 12, 2021

The Washington Post cited research by Stacy Smith and Katherine Pieper of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the poor portrayal of mental health across ViacomCBS programming, including MTV's shows.

Twitter keeps riding the line between moderation and censorship
July 12, 2021

MSNBC featured a column by Marc Ambinder on Twitter riding the line between moderation and censorship. "In the future, we might be able to use a third-party app to reduce to near-zero the amount of hate speech we see online," he wrote.