The future of

media, work, and democracy

Who We Are

The Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC) is a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. The Center explores the intersections between media, democracy, technology, policy, and social justice. MIC produces engaged research and analysis while collaborating with community leaders to help support activist initiatives and policy interventions.

Latest Publications

The View From Journalism’s Post-Crisis Generation:

Navigating Precarity and Opportunity in Philadelphia and Cincinnati


From Independent Contractors to an Independent Union:

Building Solidarity Through Rideshare Drivers United’s Digital Organizing Strategy

From Pullman to Uber:

Transportation Resistance in the Digital Milieu


Upcoming Events

MIC Center Roundtable Featuring Victor Pickard, Todd Wolfson, and New Co-Director Sarah J. Jackson

October 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST

Sarah J. Jackson joins the MIC Center! Join all three MIC Co-Directors for a chat about the exciting year ahead of the Center, its research projects, and how Jackson’s work will integrate into and enhance the Center’s overall research mission.

Recent News

Jackson Joins MIC Center as Co-Director

The Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center — a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University — announced today that Sarah J. Jackson has...

Annenberg Researchers Shift Focus to Coronavirus

Communication is a diverse discipline, but one that consistently deals with some of the most current and relevant topics we face. Annenberg School for Communication researchers study everything from the ongoing crisis in journalism, to how gig workers use apps to make...

Philadelphia’s Media Ecosystem is Broken. Can We Fix It?

With increasing public attention focused on threats to the integrity of our news and communication systems, it is vital that we take stock of Philadelphia’s media ecosystem, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and imagine how we can reinvent journalism for a stronger...