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How do we study media?

How do we study media to better understand its impact on society? Managing Director Johanna Blakley provided this overview of our Media Impact Project and the research team’s recent efforts studying narratives in TV, film and journalism at this year’s Media Impact Funders forum. Check out the video here!

HH&S: An Overview

“For us, it begins and ends with stories. Stories get our attention…The Lear Center is about understanding the impact of stories and then affecting what those stories are,” says Director Marty Kaplan. This illuminating video talks about the critical efforts of our Hollywood, Health & Society program.

Happy Centennial Birthday

On July 27, 2022, writer/producer Norman Lear celebrated his 100th birthday! As tribute, his friends and fans at the Norman Lear Center have recorded this special birthday message. Happy Birthday, Norman! 🎂🥳❤️

Kaplan Jan 6 Hearing

January 6 Hearing

As television, it was gripping. As theatre, it was absorbing. As art form, it was innovative. As politics, it was searing. “It’s got the makings of a riveting forensic procedural,” says Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan of the recent January 6 hearing in the Globe and Mail. 

100% Democracy

The U.S. lags behind other democracies: Only 68.8% of eligible voters participated in the record-turnout election of 2020. In 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting, co-authors E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport argue that if Americans are required to pay taxes and serve on juries, why not ask—or require—everyone to vote?… More

Don’t Say Gay Law

Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan was quoted in Deadline Hollywood on Florida’s new “Don’t Say Gay” law: “There is no evidence that I know of that right wing backlash results in corporate bottom lines being hit. Boycotts are more powerful as public relations tools than they are at economic sanctions.… More

Marty on the Slap

“We are so used to things being scripted, and we’re kind of hip and savvy about these things, except we’re not,” says Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan on the 2022 Oscars ceremony. “This one pierced the veil. It was like a rent in the fabric of reality.”

Define American Guide

Define American’s new best practices’ guide for telling immigrant stories in film and TV includes findings from our recent collaborative impact study, “Change the Narrative, Change the World.” Our research found that nuanced immigrant characters and storylines can shift attitudes and inspire people to real-life action. The guide is a… More

Saltzman Media Ethics Magazine

When Joe Saltzman teaches journalism ethics, his examples come from TV and film. “I find that this approach dramatically helps students visualize, sometimes on a visceral level, the ethical problem under discussion,” he writes in Media Ethics Magazine. Saltzman directs our Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture project.

Norman Lear: 99 Years in 99 Seconds

Happy 99th Birthday to the phenomenal Norman Lear! It has been a gift to us to ride along on your amazing life journey. To celebrate this milestone birthday, we highlight your exceptional life and career with this 99-second showcase.