Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Dr. Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in the Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Dirty Politics and Presidents Creating the Presidency.
In announcing the award, USC Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center praised Dr. Jamieson as “a pioneer in the fact-check movement” and “a widely sought-after authority on the ways the public gets its political information as well as the impact of political ads on public attitudes.” It noted that she is a co-creator of “two nonpartisan websites that monitor and aim to reduce deception and confusion in U.S. politics, FlackCheck.org and FactCheck.org, which became a central resource for the 2016 presidential campaign.” In recognition of her award, she will present a talk at the USC Annenberg School on March 5 on how Russian trolls and hackers exploited the U.S. news media and social media to sow discord, undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy and bolster Donald Trump’s electoral prospects. She also will consider how the United States can minimize its vulnerabilities to future electoral intrusions by foreign actors.
The award honors the late Everett M. Rogers, a professor and associate dean at USC’s Annenberg School who developed the diffusion of innovation theory, which seeks to explain how ideas are spread among people. Dr. Rogers introduced the term “early adopters.”