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

Community Media in a Digital Age:

A Conversation with DeeDee Halleck


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

Upcoming Events

Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now

December 4, 2020 | 10:00 am-3:30 pm EST

The Black Lives Matter movement, the stark inequalities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing racial resentment of the Trump Era made 2020 a uniquely challenging and uniquely fruitful year for Black media-makers…

This event is free, virtual and open to all.

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...