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2012-08-20 06:24:31

Coming soon: Poll asking voters where they get their political news to be released Aug. 24 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Top journalists and political strategists will offer straightforward assessments of the campaigns and the press, while exploring the role media has in shaping the national political discourse, at a series of public events held during the national political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte. Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political...

2012-04-19 10:24:03

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the legalization of marijuana back in the headlines on the eve of 4/20, a new study says that America's most popular primetime shows reflect growing skepticism about the effectiveness of the 40-year-old War on Drugs, which was debated this week at the Summit of the Americas. The study also found that primetime dramas stayed closer to reality than common stereotypes about what drugs Americans are abusing and what drug users look like. A video by...

2012-04-12 14:21:45

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center, announces a call for entries for the 13th annual Sentinel for Health Awards. The deadline for all entries is June 15, 2012. The Sentinel for Health Awards, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizes exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make...

2012-04-05 02:24:04

Application Deadline: April 16, 2012 LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health announce a new reporting fund to support ambitious journalism on children's health issues. Grantees each will receive a grant of $2,000 to $5,000 to support a substantive explanatory or investigative reporting project. The journalists awarded the funds also will participate in the...

2012-03-29 10:24:48

LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Manuel Castells, University Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Southern California, has been awarded Norway's 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, a $775,000 accolade that recognizes outstanding scholarly work in arts and humanities, social science, law and theology. Castells, who holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and...

2012-03-26 10:22:15

Unprecedented insights into best practices in era of transparency and interactive media offer practitioners tools for growth, change LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USC Annenberg Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center today published its seventh biennial Communication and Public Relations Generally Accepted Practices (GAP VII) study. This year's report is the largest and most comprehensive study of the most senior communicators in public and...

2012-02-22 15:06:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women and girls are scarcely present either on screen or behind the scenes in Academy Award-nominated movies, according to a new USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism study that analyzed Best Picture Oscar contenders from 1977 to 2010. The research team, led by communication professor Stacy L. Smith and including Marc Choueiti and Stephanie Gall, analyzed the frequency of females in Best Picture-nominated films from 2007...

2012-02-22 15:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As Academy Award voters mark their ballots, researchers at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center released a study measuring a movie's power to change the behavior of people who see it. Using an innovative instrument developed by the Lear Center, the study of more than 20,000 people found that those who saw the 2010 Oscar® nominee Food, Inc. had significantly changed their eating and food shopping habits. Food, Inc. viewers were significantly...

2012-02-08 10:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Social media users are weighing in with their Oscar® picks and pans, according to the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, IBM (NYSE: IBM), and the Los Angeles Times who are measuring social media sentiment related to the 84th Academy Awards. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120208/NY49615-a) (Logo:...

2011-11-21 15:07:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by USC Annenberg researchers Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Stephanie Gall surveys the top 100 grossing movies of 2009 and shows Hollywood's addiction to films that marginalize and sexualize women is as strong as ever. The study, "Gender Inequality in Popular Films," can be found here (PDF). Perhaps most troubling were the findings about young teen characters. Professor Smith and her research team of undergraduate students...