USC Annenberg staff
Stories by USC Annenberg staff:
Half of Mexican teens report feeling addicted to their phones
The latest phase of a global USC Annenberg study found that Mexican teens feel more addicted to their phones than teens in the United States, Japan or the United Kingdom.
New fellowship from USC Annenberg Innovation Lab supports diverse voices
The first two cohorts of the Civic Media Fellowship feature emerging leaders in leveraging popular culture, media and technology for social progress.
2018 was a more inclusive year in film, but additional work is needed
A new study from Stacy Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found more inclusion in film in 2018, including a rise in female leads, but noted that more progress is needed.
Latinos lose out when it comes to Hollywood films
A study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds top films lag far behind the population when it comes to representing Latino characters.
Despite positive trends, women remain underrepresented in animation
A new USC Annenberg study examines the ecosystem of the animation industry and finds pluses and minuses for women in the field.
Film and TV miss the mark in portraying mental health conditions
A new study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds popular media underrepresents and misrepresents characters with mental health conditions.
Mahershala Ali muses on True Detective and refining his award-winning craft
The two-time Academy Award winner shared his thoughts on acting, hope, motivation and life as part of the USC Annenberg-HBO Diverse Voices Series.
Maverick Carter named USC Annenberg 2019 commencement speaker
The entrepreneur — LeBron James’ longtime business partner — has become an influential figure in the media and entertainment landscape.
Home lending discrimination report wins USC Annenberg’s Selden Ring Award
The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal wins the prize, which recognizes the best in investigative journalism.
Study sheds light on continued challenges facing women in music industry
The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report finds a shortage of women in all levels, from performers to producers and songwriters.
A 2018 box office boom — for black directors
A USC Annenberg study reveals a dramatic improvement in black directors working across the 100 top-grossing films, though it finds little change for other industry positions.
Happy to fire, reluctant to hire: Hollywood inclusion remains unchanged
Across 1,100 popular films, a new report finds little change in representation for women, racial and ethnic groups, LGBT community or people with disabilities.
In memoriam: Murray Fromson, former USC Annenberg journalism director
The professor emeritus was a longtime CBS News correspondent and Associated Press reporter before coming to USC.
Study finds film critics, like filmmakers and casts, are largely white and male
USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examines movie critics’ demographics and finds small numbers of writers who are female or from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Josh Kun appointed director of USC Annenberg School of Communication
The renowned scholar is acclaimed for bridging his scholarship as a cultural historian with the curation of exhibitions, installations and public humanities projects with diverse organizations.
$3 million gift creates cross-cultural communication chair at USC Annenberg
The chair’s first holder is Josh Kun, USC professor and historian who uses music to examine the connections we have to each other.
Oprah Winfrey to speak at USC Annenberg’s 2018 commencement ceremony
The global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress will deliver the communication and journalism school’s keynote address.
USC resources for first-generation students help inspire budding journalist
Tomás Mier keeps busy with a double-major, Topping Scholar activities and his job as managing editor of the Daily Trojan.
In music industry, female songwriters and producers are outnumbered by men
New USC Annenberg report shows that 2017 was a six-year low for female artists in popular music.
Hollywood’s hiring freeze: Female, black and Asian directors rarely worked in 2017 films
USC Annenberg study finds no progress for underrepresented directors working on the 1,100 top movies.
Insecure’s Issa Rae shares secrets with USC audience, like where she gets her best ideas
The writer/actress is drawn to projects that depict people you don’t usually see on traditional television and movies — people like herself and her friends.
USC Annenberg launches Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
The research and advocacy think tank will focus on increasing diversity on screen, behind the camera and in music.
Tech on the big screen: Computer users, and hackers, are more likely to be male characters
New study examines depictions of computer science in TV and films.
No diversity among 2014’s top-grossing films, new USC Annenberg report finds
Women, people of color and LGBT characters were not represented on screen or behind the camera, according to the comprehensive study.