Media Hits: May 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

USA TODAY: “‘The bar is low for the social media industry’: Top platforms are unsafe for LGBTQ community, new report says

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: “Philip DeFranco and the power of news-influencers

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “British Political Veteran Steers Facebook’s Trump Decision

1A: “Trump’s Bid To Rejoin Facebook Is Vetoed

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Five things to know about Trump’s Facebook ban

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: “Off-Label: How tech platforms decide what counts as journalism

“The whole thing is like a giant charade, a game. If anything this board is drawing away attention from the real issue of the risks of government use of social media.”

Jennifer Grygiel
THE WASHINGTON POST: “Five things to know about Trump’s Facebook ban

Jim Olson

Research Associate Professor
TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS CLEARINGHOUSE

PR WEEK: “Inside the launch of Avelo, America’s newest airline

“A new airline comes along once every 15 to 20 years, so helping to launch a new airline is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

JIM OLSON
PR WEEK: “Inside the launch of Avelo, America’s newest airline

Media Hits: April 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


WASHINGTON POST: “Investors are flocking to video gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACs, advisors say

““SPAC is a tool, like any tool, for a capital intensive and high growth company.”

SEAN BRANAGAN
WASHINGTON POST: “Investors are flocking to video gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACs, advisors say

Makana Chock

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

INSIDER.COM: “The controversy over Khloé Kardashian’s unedited bikini photo exposes the ugly reality of social media


CNY CENTRAL: “How Cuomo brothers have blurred lines of journalism ethics

“It’s hard to convince a viewer that you’re really objective, that you’re really neutral when the source that you’re interviewing is someone you have a close personal relationship with.”

Shelvia dancy
CNY CENTRAL: “How Cuomo brothers have blurred lines of journalism ethics

THE GUARDIAN: “Why aren’t we calling the Capitol attack an act of treason?

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The lighter days of CNN’s Cuomo Brothers show are long gone

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Fox News sued by Dominion in $1.6 billion defamation case that could set new guardrails for broadcasters

““It’s Journalism 101. We tell our students you shouldn’t interview your family and friends.””

Roy Gutterman
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The lighter days of CNN’s Cuomo Brothers show are long gone

Brad Horn

Professor of Practice
PUBLIC RELATIONS

CNY CENTRAL: “A public relations expert weighs in on Governor Cuomo’s apology

“I think what’s happened is the governor has left the door open for his critics to fill the space and time with more attacks and with more critique on his lack of response.”

BRAD HORN
CNY CENTRAL: “A public relations expert weighs in on Governor Cuomo’s apology

Joel Kaplan

Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Associate Dean
GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

“In 2019, [the industry] was going in that direction, down, down, down. Really, it got a year reprieve. You can’t run against the curve. You can’t push against the tsunami that’s coming toward you.”

JOEL KAPLAN
CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

Austin Kocher

Research Associate Professor
TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS CLEARINGHOUSE

THE CONVERSATION: “Biden ends policy forcing asylum-seekers to ‘remain in Mexico’ – but for 41,247 migrants, it’s too late” (author)

VICE: “‘We Are So Happy’: Migrants Stranded by Trump Are Finally Entering the US

TALKING IMMIGRATION (podcast): “Immigration by the Numbers

“Although some people with pending cases may have given up after waiting for their hearing or due to violence in northern Mexico, it remains a legal and moral imperative that the U.S. government abide by national and international refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum.”

AUSTIN KOCHER
VICE: “‘We Are So Happy’: Migrants Stranded by Trump Are Finally Entering the US

Rebecca Ortiz

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

ABC NEWS: “Explosion in New Hampshire quarry latest gender-reveal stunt gone wrong

USA TODAY: “Have a loved one who doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how to talk to them.”

“People have these concerns about side effects and safety, and it’s perfectly normal to have those concerns. If we build a space where we can have conversations … the resistant people are more willing to hear from their loved ones.”

REBECCA ORTIZ
USA TODAY: “Have a loved one who doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how to talk to them.”

Evan Smith

Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

SCRIPT MAGAZINE: “COMEDY WRITING: Fine-Tuning Flaws to Make Characters Timely” (column author)


THE GUARDIAN: “A symbolic moment’: Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview marks turning point

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ratings: Oprah Interview Draws 17.1 Million Viewers” (subscription required)

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “‘WandaVision,’ a sitcom sendup, was a pandemic parable, too

USA TODAY: “‘WandaVision’s’ grieving Elizabeth Olsen gave a world in pandemic exactly what it needed

MUJERHOY: “La fortuna de los Obama

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “‘Biden-isms’: A stumble-prone president battles perceptions about his age

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “In Australia, Hollywood Stars Have Found an Escape From the Virus. Who’s Jealous?

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The long game: COVID changed the way we play, watch, cheer

DESERET NEWS: “Fox versus Newsmax and the future of ‘Trump TV’

KCBS RADIO: “What Will Be the Future For Movie Theaters?

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “Nips and poops: Biden dogs cause ‘Major’ headaches

ORLANDO SENTINEL: “Walt Disney World’s Orange Bird quietly surges in popularity” (subscription required)

KSRO RADIO: “Robert Thompson On Petitiono To Removew Dr. Oz From Jeopardy Hosting Job

“This really is a show about grief. .. It demonstrates once again that one can use this giant, generic construct (the MCU) that includes people with superpowers and do just about anything in it. And do just about anything well.”

RoberT Thompson
USA TODAY: “‘WandaVision’s’ grieving Elizabeth Olsen gave a world in pandemic exactly what it needed

Bill Werde

Director
BANDIER PROGRAM IN RECORDING AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

Co-director
AUDIO ARTS

LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Does Spotify pay artists a fair rate? Here’s what musicians, managers and Apple Music have to say

“When you look at the big picture of the music industry over the last 10 or 15 years, Spotify saved the music business. Before there was streaming, the business had lost revenue for 15 straight years. Once streaming took hold, those losses flattened out. Now, over the last four or so years we’ve seen growth.”

BILL WERDE
LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Does Spotify pay artists a fair rate? Here’s what musicians, managers and Apple Music have to say

Jiang, D’Angelo inducted to Arthur W. Page Society

Hua Jiang, associate professor and interim chair of public relations, and Anthony D’Angelo, professor of practice in public relations and director of communications management, were both inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society, a prestigious communications association for chief communications officers, agency presidents and leading academics.

The Page Society has strict criteria for membership, which for educators include significant published works, elected positions in professional associations and university leadership positions.

Jiang’s research expertise focuses on corporate communication practices and statistics consulting, and she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has also received over 10 top paper awards and research recognitions from national and international flagship communication associations.

D’Angelo is co-chair of the Commission on Public Relations Education, and served as 2018 national chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). His writing on the importance of strategic communications to organizational leadership have appeared in BusinessWeek, the Financial Times and The Public Relations Strategist, and he was a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s “Crisis of the Week” column.

Congratulations, professors!

Media Hits: March 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:

VICE: “My Generic Medications Failed Me. I’m Not Alone.

“Most people think generic medications are identical to brand-name drugs; I certainly did. After all, that’s what pharmacists, insurance companies, and doctors tell us. But it’s not exactly true.”

HARRIET BROWN
VICE: “My Generic Medications Failed Me. I’m Not Alone.”

Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

AP: “Facebook makes a power move in Australia – and may regret it

THE HILL: “Clubhouse’s rising popularity raises misinformation concerns

VARIETY: “Australia Passes Law Making Google and Facebook Pay for News

NPR: “Trump Teases Starting His Own Social Media Platform. Here’s Why It’d Be Tough.

WASHINGTON POST: “No turning back: Facebook reckons with a post-2020 world

“Ultimately, where the real power is is networks, like large networks that are already established. And he’s limited in that, so I think he’s frustrated by that.”

Jennifer Grygiel
NPR: “Trump Teases Starting His Own Social Media Platform. Here’s Why It’d Be Tough.

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Smartmatic files $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News over election fraud claims” (subscription required)

CNN BUSINESS: “‘There is real teeth to this’: Legal experts weigh in on Smartmatic’s $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Fox News sued by Dominion in $1.6 billion defamation case that could set new guardrails for broadcasters

“This complaint establishes a compelling narrative in its 270-plus pages. It will certainly be interesting to see how the defendants frame their responses.”

Roy Gutterman
CNN BUSINESS: “‘There is real teeth to this’: Legal experts weigh in on Smartmatic’s $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News

L.A. PROGRESSIVE: “Black Content Needs: Black Capital & Control?

“Change in the paradigm won’t come until there is real change in the power structure that undergirds the system creating the content or when we create our own financing and distribution pipeline.”

J. Christopher hamilton, L.A. PROGRESSIVE: “Black Content Needs: Black Capital & Control?

Shaina Holmes was the visual effects producer for the feature film “Mayday,”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 to a sold out virtual audience.


CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

“They have probably six months before it really gets bad. Once people are vaccinated and go back to doing the things that they’re used to doing, I think it’s going to fall off the cliff again.”

Joel kaplan
CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

Austin Kocher

Research Associate Professor
TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS CLEARINGHOUSE

BORDER REPORT: “Immigration trackers want transparency, better data management; judges press for autonomy

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: “Cobb, Gwinnett end 287(g) immigration programs, work to build trust

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE: “President Biden’s early immigration overhaul has overlooked one growing problem: A massive court backlog

MOTHER JONES: “Murder, Heart Attacks, Suicide, COVID—Immigrants Are Dying in ‘America’s Waiting Room’

COMMON DREAMS: “Reversing Xenophobic Trump Policy, Biden to Allow 25,000 Asylum-Seekers Stuck in Mexico to Enter US

““There are lots of different ways that our immigration system kills immigrants… I want more people to understand how damaging the immigration system is.””

AUSTIN KOCHER
MOTHER JONES: “Murder, Heart Attacks, Suicide, COVID—Immigrants Are Dying in ‘America’s Waiting Room’

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The Morgan Wallen Rebuke: What’s the Impact of Country Music’s Response?

“I see this less as country-radio responding, and more as corporate America responding.”

Bill Werde
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The Morgan Wallen Rebuke: What’s the Impact of Country Music’s Response?

Media Hits: February 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:

Joel Kaplan

Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Associate Dean
GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

“Is it any wonder some of these editors would want to throw up their hands and say it’s time to retire?”

Joel Kaplan, Associated Press: “Search is on for new leaders in journalism’s upper echelons

Brian Sheehan

Professor
ADVERTISING

“With Super Bowl parties either scaled way down or just cancelled, it probably makes sense to sit this one out at this cost.”

Brian Sheehan, variety: “Anheuser-Busch pulls budweiser from super bowl ad lineup

Robert Thompson

Trustee Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

Director
BLEIER CENTER FOR TELEVISION AND POPULAR CULTURE

“I left the theater thinking I had seen a movie to be reckoned with, in a way I didn’t usually feel leaving the theater.”

Robert Thompson, CNBC: “‘Silence of the Lambs’ turns 30: How the horror masterpiece is still gripping Hollywood

Danielle Molta

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

“It’s time for those who give social media companies life and revenue to hold them to account.”

Danielle Molta, Syracuse.com: We need to stand up to social networks. Here’s how to start (Commentary)

Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

“We have to go back to the basics and start to raise awareness around the propagandization effect of someone who is in office being able to reach a large base of the public in their country.”

JENNIFER GRYGIEL, GEN: “THE CASE FOR BANNING POLITICIANS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Jim Olson

Professor of Practice
PUBLIC RELATIONS

“I’ve come to believe that our lives will not be measured by the titles we attain, the awards we collect or the wealth we accumulate, but rather by the moments of impact we achieve — the mark we leave on the people and world around us and, more important, the measure of our willingness to let them make a mark on us.

Jim Olson, Syracuse.com: “After 2020, we all need a gap year “(Commentary)

“Whether the broadcaster is liable for providing a forum for speakers and what responsibility they have for dealing with false factual statements will be central to the court’s decision.”

Roy Gutterman, Associated Press: “Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit

Anthony D’Angelo

Director
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT M.S.

Professor of Practice
PUBLIC RELATIONS

“People believe in what you do, not in what you say, so organizations that make this commitment [to social justice] and make some sort of progress, will ultimately reap a benefit in the marketplace.”

Tony D’Angelo, The Consumer’s Checkbook: “Black Dollar Index Shines a Light on Corporate Commitment to Diversity

Eric Grode

Director
GOLDRING ARTS JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS

Shelvia Dancy

Professor of Practice
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

“I think people of all stripes are hungry for this and a channel that could do this, rather than one person on a news team.”

Shelvia Dancy, The Wall STreet Journal: “Black News Channel Looks to Shake Up Cable-TV News Landscape

Aileen Gallagher

Director of Program Review and Assessment
Assistant Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

CNN: “Why your favorite magazines are morphing into books

WWD: “Will Fashion Editors Flock to Substack in 2021?

“We’re all still stuck in our houses and the only place we’re really going is the grocery store. It’s like, ‘Oh, here’s this thing that will entertain me for a little while that I will invest $10 in.'”

Aileen Gallagher, CNN: “Why your favorite magazines are morphing into books

Stevens’ graphic design book chosen as one of best for 2021

Associate chair and assistant professor of visual communications Renée Stevens‘ book, “Powered by Design: An Introduction to Problem Solving with Graphic Design” was selected by Book Authority as one of the seven best graphic design books to read in 2021 by Book Authority.

Media Hits: January 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:

Bill Werde

Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications, was interviewed by ABC News for the article, “From Zoom to Quibi, the tech winners and losers of 2020.”


Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications, was interviewed by CNN Business for the article, “Misinformation Watch.”



Bill Werde

Mark J. Lodato, dean of the Newhouse School, was interviewed by the Associated Press for the article, “Journalists recount harrowing attacks amid Capitol riot.”

“Journalists covering a democratic transition of power in Washington shouldn’t have to run for cover. We’ve hit bottom.”

Mark J. Lodato

Bill Werde

Roy Gutterman, associate professor of magazine, news and digital journalism and Tully Center director, was interviewed by Spectrum News for the segment, “Where Does Freedom of Speech Begin and End as Protestors Arrested?

“What we saw yesterday went significantly beyond traditional protest.”

Roy Gutterman

Bill Werde

Anthony D’Angelo, director of communications management and professor of practice in public relations, was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance for the article, “More companies pause political donations following Capitol riots


Roy Gutterman, associate professor of magazine, news and digital journalism and Tully Center director, was interviewed by Spectrum News for the segment, “The Legal Standard for Free Speech & When Does It Turn Into Sedition?



Roy Gutterman, associate professor of magazine, news and digital journalism and Tully Center director, wrote the article “The Challenges In Putting a Price Tag on Free Speech” for the Law360 journal. (subscription required)


Anthony D’Angelo, professor of practice in public relations and director of communications management, was interviewed by Communications Daily for the article, “Decrying Election Violence Is Latest Pressure on Industry to Speak Up.”



Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications, was interviewed by Fast Company for the article, “Twitter wants your help fighting falsehoods. It’s risky, but it just might work.”



Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications, was interviewed by Gen for the article, “How the Anti-Squad Trolled Its Way to Congress.”


Bill Werde

Jim Olson, professor of practice in public relations, wrote the article, “The New Currency of 21st Century Leadership: Kindness” for LinkedIn.


Roy Gutterman, associate professor of magazine, news and digital journalism and Tully Center director, was interviewed by Reuters for the segment, “Giuliani faces tough test in Dominion’s $1.3B defamation suit.”


Bill Werde

Robert Thompson, trustee professor of television, radio and film and director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, was interviewed by the Associated Press for the article, “For a splintered nation, a delicate moment of continuity.”


Bill Werde

Brian Sheehan, professor of advertising, was interviewed by Hypebeast for the article, “Budweiser Is Officially Benching Itself From the Super Bowl LV Ad Lineup.”


Bill Werde

Makana Chock, associate professor of communications, was interviewed by USA Today for the article, “‘Pics or it didn’t happen’: Experts explain why Capitol rioters posted incriminating videos and selfies.”


Bill Werde

Aileen Gallagher, associate professor of magazine, new and digital journalism, was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance for the article, “Will Fashion Editors Flock to Substack in 2021?


Bill Werde

Nina Iacono Brown, assistant professor of communications, was interviewed by Local10 for the article, “Attorneys explain social media bans do not violate First Amendment rights.”


Bill Werde

Lynne Adrine, director of the D.C. graduate program and adjunct faculty in broadcast and digital journalism, wrote the opinion piece, “After Capitol breach, it will be even harder to protest in Washington” for Syracuse.com.


Robert Thompson, trustee professor of television, radio and film and director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, guested on Boston Public Radio’s show on Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 18.


Bill Werde

Austin Kocher, faculty fellow with the Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse, was interviewed by the following outlets:


Luttrell co-authors 2nd edition of public relations text focusing on diversity and inclusion

The second edition of “Public Relations Campaigns: An Integrated Approach” co-authored by Regina Luttrell, associate dean of research and creative activity and assistant professor of public relations, is out now from Sage Publishing.

This new edition focuses on a diversity-first approach to public relations planning and execution and stresses that diversity and inclusion must be considered in all aspects of the campaign process—from research and development to execution is new to this edition. It also includes a diversity and inclusion wheel for public relations practitioners.

Grygiel discusses the role of social media following attack on Capitol, Trump ban

The attack on the U.S. Capitol and its aftermath put a spotlight on social media and prompted a national conversation about its role in politics. Social media expert Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at the Newhouse School, contributed to that conversation through a series of media interviews, helping to provide key information and context in order to inform the public.

Monday, Jan. 4

CNN: “Social media platforms should brace for a misinformation storm this week

Wednesday, Jan. 6

USA Today: “Calls grow for social media platforms to silence Trump as rioters storm US Capitol

USA Today: “Rioting by angry Trump mob at U.S. Capitol unleashes widespread condemnation of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

CBC: “Trump accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram frozen after storming of U.S. Capitol

Associated Press: “Twitter, Facebook muzzle Trump amid Capitol violence

ABC Australia: “City under curfew after Trump supporters storm Capitol

Thursday, Jan. 7

Bloomberg: “Bloomberg Markets: The Close

Good Morning America: “Facebook ‘indefinitely’ blocks Trump’s account after violence at Capitol

San Francisco Chronicle: “Trump resumes tweeting as Facebook, Twitch, YouTube threaten permanent bans

Friday, Jan. 8

The Guardian: “‘Four years of propaganda’: Trump social media bans come too late, experts say

CTV News: “The role of social media in the D.C. riots

Saturday, Jan. 9

Good Morning America: “Big brands and social media giants condemn Trump’s actions

Sunday, Jan. 10

NPR: “Social Media Companies Are Banning Trump. Why Now?

Faculty Media Interviews: December 2020

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:

Bill Werde

Bill Werde, director of the Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for the article, “Bob Dylan Sells Entire Songwriting Catalog.”


Gina Luttrell

Regina Luttrell, assistant professor of public relations, was interviewed by KCBS for the podcast segment, “How can health officials appeal to millions of COVID-19 vaccine skeptics?


Hua Jiang, associate professor and interim chair of public relations, was interviewed by Gadget for the article, “How to let people feel good about using chatbots.”


Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson, trustee professor of television, radio and film and director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, was interviewed by KSRO for the radio segment, “Dr. Robert Thompson On The Latest In The World Of Pop Culture.”

Regina Luttrell, assistant professor of public relations, co-authored the article, “PR Ethics Literacy: Identifying Moral and Ethical Values Through Purposeful Ethical Education” for the Journal of Public Relations Education published by AEJMC.