Inside USC Annenberg: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

USC Annenberg's faculty publish and are quoted in articles in the world's most recognizable publications almost every day. (Journalism Professor Alan Abrahamson reported from Moscow recently, for example.) Meanwhile, the USC Annenberg faculty has also published a great number of books focusing on their areas of expertise.

In honor of another school week, here's a rundown of some of our faculty member's books:

Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is one of America's most respected media analysts, and in this book he dives into the spaces where old and new media collide. More than focusing on the proponents of communication and journalism, Jenkins' book explores the depth of cultural change occurring along with the shifting models and forms of the field.

Richard Reeves

Reeves is a widely revered scholar of the U.S. Presidency, and worked for many years as a journalist. He was at one time the Chief Political Correspondent for The New York Times. Now a syndicated columnist for, Reeves' latest book explores the 1948 Berlin Airlift. In 1948, many American pilots were becoming accustomed to peacetime when President Harry S. Truman called them back to duty to help secure Berlin as Joseph Stalin threatened to drive out all other foreign forces.

Sarah Banet-Weiser

In our culture, many activist projects revolve around the sale of products to raise funds for causes. In Commodity Activism, co-edited by Sarah Banet-Weiser, top scholars unpack the trend that brings people to buy a Toyota Prius in order to fight global warming. In the end, the book shows that activism has become part of the consumer culture.    

Judy Muller

Judy Muller, an award-winning broadcast journalist, has covered many big-town stories in her career, including the L.A. Rodney King riots of the early nineties. However, her book Emus Loose in Egnar takes readers on a grassroots tour of small-town American newspapers. In light of recent years' apocalyptic predictions for print weeklies, Muller finds that the weeklies are not just surviving, but thriving.  

Jonathan Taplin

Taplin produced hundreds of concerts for artists like Bob Dylan and The Band; he produced George Harrison's famous Concert for Bangladesh. He also produced movies by Martin Scorsese, including the master director's breakout film "Mean Streets." In Outlaw Blues, Taplin explores the American counterculture he was a part of, detailing experiences with icons like Dylan, poet Allen Ginsberg, and many others. (Outlaw Blues was published by Annenberg Press.)  

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