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Research publications

Annenberg Press

USC Annenberg Press is committed to excellence in communication scholarship, journalism, media research, and application.

Research Centers and Programs

Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication (ANNCCC)

The Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication (ANNCCC) enables scholars to think and work across institutional, geographic and disciplinary divides. Jointly established by USC Annenberg and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the center’s faculty and doctoral students seek to address emerging global issues broadly across the field of communication and media.

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII)

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII) is a leading think tank dedicated to addressing issues of inequality in entertainment in order to define areas within the industry where diversity is needed.

Annenberg Innovation Lab

The Annenberg Innovation Lab is a space where students, faculty, researchers and business entrepreneurs can collaborate on projects that have practical application and social impact.

Annenberg Networks Network

ANN supports a variety of efforts designed to develop social network theory, undertakes empirical research projects to test network theories, and sponsors advanced workshops focused on network theory development as well as a seminar series featuring distinguished network scholars from around the world.

Annenberg Research Network on International Communication

ARNIC studies the emergence of communication innovation, examines the attendant transformation of government policies and communication patterns, and analyzes the social and economic consequences.

Center for Health Journalism

The Center for Health Journalism partners with newsrooms across America and helps journalists and community storytellers innovate, investigate and illuminate health challenges in their communities, serving as a catalyst for change.

Center for Public Relations (CPR)

The USC Center for Public Relations (CPR) is truly at the center of the fast-growing PR industry — connecting businesses, agencies, academics, and students. Our mission is to advance both the study and practice of public relations through research, education, and innovation.

Center for the Digital Future

The CDF is a research and policy institute committed to doing work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximize the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies.

Center on Communication Leadership and Policy

The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy sponsors research and organizes courses, programs, and symposia for scholars, students, and working professionals to prepare the next generation of leaders in a rapidly evolving media environment.

Center on Public Diplomacy

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, operated in partnership with the USC College’s School of International Relations, examines how government, corporate, and non-state actors engage foreign audiences to facilitate intercultural dialogue and understanding worldwide.

Center for Third Space Thinking

The Center has developed a new, communications-driven methodology to frame and solve problems that helps organizations become more successful in today’s complex world. The Center offers a variety of custom leadership development, student education, and community engagement programs.

Civic Paths

Civic Paths explores continuities between online participatory culture and civic engagement. Premised on a dynamic understanding of citizenship, we analyze how participatory culture interactions encourage young people to create, discuss and organize to engage with specific civic issues and events.

Critical Media Project

Critical Media Project (CMP) is a free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity and representation.

Health Equity and Media Lab

The Health and Equity Media Collaborative conducts community-engaged research, leverages communication science, new media and technology to address pernicious public health challenges.

Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)

The new Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) furthers the USC Annenberg legacy of diversity and empowerment studies by framing an impressive cohort of acclaimed scholars, leading research, compelling courses, and impactful programs that allow students to examine the vast complexities of diversity, identity, and culture – across both the School of Communication and the School of Journalism.


JOVRNALISM, a hackathon-style course where students from different backgrounds collaborate to decide how to apply an emerging technology to a story or theme, was created by USC Annenberg Professor Robert Hernandez in Summer 2015.

Knight Digital Media Center

The KDMC is dedicated to increasing the flow of critical news and information by helping organizations and community leaders develop digital skills and strategies for the 21st Century. The Center provides training and resources in several formats including self-directed web-based learning modules, instructor-led virtual classes, as well as conferences and workshops throughout the country.

Media, Economics & Entrepreneurship (M{2e})

The M{2e} program examines the evolution of business models in industries such as journalism, music, and television as they are reshaped by technology. Through courses, research, and collaboration with firms at the vanguard of this new wave of disruption, students receive hands-on experience in the communications field that pushes them to innovate and lead.


The Metamorphosis Project is an in-depth examination of the transformations of urban community under the forces of globalization, new communication technologies, and population diversity.

The New Normal

Mobile devices are rewiring daily life for teens and their parents. The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Mobile Devices Around the World is a comparative global mapping project designed to advance cross-cultural exploration of family digital media engagement. 

The Norman Lear Center

The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society.

Pacific Council on International Policy

The Pacific Council on International Policy inspires commitment to global engagement across Los Angeles and California. 

USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society

The USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media, & Society studies the intersection of sports and society in the media.

USC U.S.-China Institute

The USC U.S.-China Institute aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through research, training, public events, and professional development efforts.