USC in the News

USC In the News 8/2/2017

KPCC-FM featured a new report by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the continuing underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. Researchers found exclusion of women, minorities, LGBT people and disabled characters in films remained virtually unchanged over the past year, despite heightened attention on Hollywood’s diversity issues. Fortune, The Huffington Post and Newser highlighted the results. Slate also mentioned Smith's study, as well as the latest data from Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab that found women appear less frequently than men in most films and when they are on-screen, they are portrayed stereotypically. The Hollywood Reporter, Bustle and Good cited the same study by Smith published last year.

Reuters published an op-ed by Mellissa Withers of Keck Medicine of USC on the importance of a recently passed bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help curb human trafficking. "All in all, this is a very promising step toward creating programs that aim to prevent human trafficking among vulnerable populations," she wrote.

Mic. highlighted research by Jon-Patrick Allem of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues on why the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" is bad for public health. The researchers found increased internet searches on how to die by suicide. "It is critical that media makers follow [the World Health Organization's] guidelines. For instance, these guidelines discourage content that dwells on the suicide or suicide act. '13 Reasons Why' dedicated 13 hours to a suicide victim, even showing the suicide in gruesome detail," Allem said. Mashable featured the research and also noted the latest study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the continuing underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

L.A. Biz highlighted research by Anthony Dukes of the USC Marshall School that found imitating messaging of well-known brands can be a powerful marketing tool for new or smaller companies. According to Dukes, if a company is significantly better than the competitor and it is what people want, differentiating the message can be helpful. If a company is similar to its competitors, however, introducing a new message to the market can be confusing for consumers and dilute what the overwhelmed consumers are thinking.

Wired quoted Kate Miltner of the USC Annenberg School on why left-leaning political memes such as the handmaid costumes only appeal to left-leaning white women, while memes on the conservative side appeal to base fears across multiple demographics.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Lars Perner of the USC Marshall School on why location matters if discount stores want to appeal to consumers of all income levels.

Santa Barbara Independent quoted James Dolan of the USC Dornsife College about the Ventura-Pitas Point fault and the likelihood a large earthquake will occur in the next few years.

ABC News' "Nightline" reported sexual assault charges were dropped against a USC student. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Estrella TV Los Angeles affiliate KRCA-TV and City News Service also reported the update.

The Hill published commentary by Mieczysław Boduszyński, research fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center on Public Diplomacy, about the rise of nationalism and populism in the European Union and America.

Politico mentioned the USC Annenberg School named Greta Van Susteren a non-resident senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for the fall semester.

U.S. News & World Report cited comments by Mike Chinoy of USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on why powerful North Koreans resent the Chinese government.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a story about the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito, which included comments by Albert Checcio of USC University Advancement.

New York Post and The Washington Times reported on charges of assault against a USC student.

Forbes published an answer by Keck Medicine of USC to a Quora question on how to best use the data available on a fitness application and included comments by Caroline Park of Keck Medicine of USC.

Beverly Hills Courier reported Teresa and Byron Pollitt have pledged $3 million to endow and name a chair position for the director of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Fetal and Neonatal Institute, which will be held by Philippe Friedlich of Keck Medicine of USC.

Jewish Journal published commentary by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School on whether Gen. John Kelly will be a successful chief of staff for President Donald Trump.

Laconia Daily Sun published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School on why it is unlikely President Trump will be impeached.