Media Highlights

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.

TikTok’s Black creators say unfair-treatment complaints ignored
July 8, 2021

Bloomberg quoted Freddy Tran Nager on Black TikTok creators' frustration with their work being appropriated by other users. “I think they have a legitimate gripe, and it is kind of sad that these platforms are not communicating readily with the people who are doing all this uncompensated labor for them,” he said. 

Los Angeles Times
Policy expert Lanhee Chen runs for California controller in bid to break GOP losing streak
July 6, 2021

The Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur on a GOP policy advisor who is running for state controller. "If California Republicans are ever going to reemerge as a competitive force in the state, it’s going to require candidates like Lanhee Chen," Schnur said.

Sha’Carri Richardson’s fans insist on 2nd chance after sprinter’s suspension for failed drug test
July 4, 2021

Today featured Alan Abrahamson on sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's fans insisting on a second chance after her suspension for a failed drug test. "There perhaps has not been a female American sprinter to capture the imagination like Sha'Carri Richardson since Florence Griffith Joyner in the 1980s," he said.

NBC News
'In The Heights': Can one film bring joy — and spark a Latino conversation on race?
July 3, 2021

In an article about the film In the Heights, NBC News cited research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the percentage of Latino characters with speaking roles in popular movies.

The Hill
The weird story behind Sheldon Whitehouse's beach club furor
June 27, 2021

The Hill quoted Christina Bellantoni about the controversy surrounding a Rhode Island senator's membership in an exclusive beach club.