Media Highlights

USC Annenberg, ViacomCBS announce new scholarship to promote diversity In newsrooms
May 13, 2021

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured USC Annenberg and ViacomCBS announcing a new $1 million endowment to fund scholarships for graduates of historically Black colleges and universities to enroll in master's programs. "HBCU graduates are critical to advancing our country's future, including the next generation of journalists," Dean Willow Bay said.

WBUR-FM's 'Here & Now'
Journalism professor: Stop showing violent police videos
May 6, 2021

WBUR-FM's Here & Now interviewed Allissa Richardson on the public airing of videos showing the deaths of Black people at the hands of police. "Only African Americans have to show, or prove, that they did not deserve their own killing in this way," she said.

Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: Yahoo! Answers is shutting down and taking a record of my teenage self with it
May 4, 2021

The Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by PhD student Frances Corry on what happens when social platforms shut down. "In many ways, what is put on these platforms today represents a significant part of our cultural heritage, however banal it may seem in the present," she wrote.

KCRW-FM's 'Greater L.A.'
LA Times names Kevin Merida as new executive editor, puts renewed focus on digital
May 3, 2021

KCRW-FM's Greater L.A. spoke with Christina Bellantoni about the hiring of Kevin Merida as executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. “Having someone that’s going to come in and be a real newspaper person with a vision to be able to lead staffs large and small, I think is going to be really beneficial,” she said.

NBC News
She called out health care misinfo on TikTok. Then, the trolls found her.
May 3, 2021

NBC News spoke with Karen North about the heated debates on social media over pandemic restrictions. "We can now go online and not only watch someone break a rule but watch someone attack someone for breaking a rule,” she said.

The wires may be there, but the dollars aren’t: Analysis shows why millions of California students lack broadband
April 28, 2021

CalMatters spoke with Hernán Galperin on the efforts to solve California's digital divide. "Before the pandemic, there's been more attention to deployment issues," he said, "but much less attention to the affordability gap."

This researcher says AI is neither artificial nor intelligent
April 26, 2021

Wired interviewed Kate Crawford on what people don't understand about artificial intelligence. "It is presented as this ethereal and objective way of making decisions," she said. "But the name is deceptive: AI is neither artificial nor intelligent," she said.

The women you still won't see at the Oscars
April 23, 2021

CNN cited research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the lack of women composers in Hollywood.

Smartphone video was the key to convicting George Floyd’s killer. But why did it have to be?
April 22, 2021

Marketplace featured Allissa Richardson on how smartphones can be a powerful tool for holding police accountable for their actions. "With these kinds of videos that are done with cellphones, they have debunked how police are viewed by the public as the first arbiters of truth," she said.

Los Angeles Times
Media images of Black death come at a cost, experts say. And many viewers are fed up
April 19, 2021

The Los Angeles Times featured Taj Frazier on how the entertainment industry exploits Black trauma for profit. "There is a need and necessity to tell difficult stories, to interrogate the sickness of this infrastructure of white supremacy. But people are also asking, 'At what cost?'" he said.

It’s time for a moratorium on police shooting videos
April 19, 2021

In an essay for Vox, Allissa Richardson argues that sharing images of police violence serves only to traumatize Black communities. "Removing the financial incentive for news media to air these ghastly videos may force journalists to engage in more reparative storytelling," she wrote.