Ted B. Kissell
Ted Kissell is a media and content strategist for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Stories by Ted B. Kissell:
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative releases study of representation in Netflix original productions
The streaming service generally receives high marks, though the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities rarely see themselves reflected on screen.
One Trojan’s journey from USC Annenberg to D.C. correspondent for ABC News
ABC News congressional correspondent Rachel Scott is using skills gained at USC to make a name for herself — and make a difference — in Washington.
2 Trojans’ civic-minded projects win Reimagine Challenge 2020
The competition challenged students to develop proposals to help communities hardest by the pandemic or spark a global movement capable that would spur 1 million people into action.
Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis explores activism through art and design
As a 2021 Civic Media Fellow at USC Annenberg, he wants to reinforce the idea that fashion is a form of media.
Students explore how the pandemic is disrupting social and cultural rituals
A course on communication and technology at USC Annenberg examined COVID-19-related changes to our daily practices, environments and relationships.
USC Annenberg faculty, students and alumni are giving voice to those facing trauma and injustice
Trojan communication pros are using an expanding repertoire of tools and media platforms to bear witness to those experiences and push for positive change.
USC Annenberg student Rodmy ‘Johnny’ Dorcil named new Sony Fellow
The fellowship, launched in 2015 and is designed to support creative and digitally innovative entertainment journalists.
USC Annenberg interns tell the stories of lives lost to the pandemic for the L.A. Times
Six Trojans — current students and recent graduates — are using their diverse backgrounds, talents and life experiences to tell touching and important stories.
USC Annenberg grad wants to change how universities approach student mental health
After suffering from anxiety and depression during the early days of her Trojan tenure, Joelle Ferguson devoted herself to improving mental health services.
Student reporters investigate COVID-19’s impact on religion and spirituality
Students and faculty in a USC Annenberg course on religion reporting have seen firsthand how the pandemic is affecting local communities of faith.
Pulitzer Prize finalist finds his best stories within data
Award-winning reporter and USC Annenberg alum Emmanuel Martinez credits his love of math with helping him dig up stories that other journalists haven’t uncovered.
Wendi C. Thomas wins 2020 Selden Ring Award for series on predatory healthcare debt-collection
The award, one of the foremost prizes in investigative journalism, has been presented by the USC Annenberg School of Journalism for 31 years.
Student reporters get firsthand look at primary campaigns, from Iowa to Super Tuesday
USC Annenberg journalism students take a decidedly national approach to public affairs reporting in this election year.
Now more than ever, talking about food means addressing global issues
The conversation around what we eat has grown to include issues of community, identity and food justice, especially in a global hub like L.A. USC Annenberg professors and alumni explain why.
JaBari Brown brings his Trojan devotion to a new role as culture facilitator
For more than 20 years, “The Mayor” has been a fixture at USC. Now, he’s tackling a new challenge: helping to change the university’s culture.
New USC Annenberg course gives the survivors of mass shootings a voice
Inspired by the USC Shoah Foundation’s video interviews, two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists are documenting the stories of mass shooting survivors while also teaching young reporters how to cover traumatic events.
USC Annenberg’s Manuel Castells appointed Spain’s minister of universities
The University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society will oversee policymaking and funding for Spain’s 50 public universities.
Google funds expansion of data-driven USC news venture
Crosstown, a news website created by USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi’s Integrated Media Systems Center, will use the award to create hyperlocal email newsletters for L.A. communities.
Students report on the forgotten stories of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria recovery
USC Annenberg students spent two weeks in Puerto Rico conducting face-to-face interviews on how the island is bouncing back from the devastating hurricane.
USC grad looks to bring her journalism skillset to documentary filmmaking
Shushan Minasian came from her native Russia to L.A. believing in the Hollywood version of the city. Now that she’s seen the real thing, she plans to use her master’s degree from USC Annenberg to tell those stories and more through documentaries.
Maverick Carter urges graduates to bet big on themselves
The media innovator and entrepreneur addresses the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Class of 2019.
Social media entrepreneurs: Community leaders or corporate sellouts?
USC Annenberg’s David Craig delves into the fragile distinction between leading an online community and being a corporate-backed influencer.
Award-winning journalist Afua Hirsch named Wallis Annenberg Chair
The social critic — one of Britain’s most vibrant voices on international affairs, the politics of identity and issues related to social justice — will share her multiplatform media expertise with USC Annenberg students in Los Angeles and London.
Cyntoia Brown receives clemency; she was focus of documentary by USC Annenberg’s Dan Birman
The PBS film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story recounts Brown’s tragic childhood, running away and being forced into prostitution. In 2004, she was picked up by a man, went to his home and, claiming she feared for her life, shot and killed him.