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

Organizing the Essential Work of Care: The Pandemic Through the Eyes of Healthcare Workers

Second Intallment of Working through the Crisis: A New Townhall Series

June 2, 2020 | 5:00 pm EST

This exciting Zoom event will feature healthcare workers and organizers from the across the country, including National Nurses United (NNU), The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), The Professional Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (PASNAP), AFT- LOCAL 5121 and Committee of Residents and Interns (CIR)…

Recent News

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...