Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III Leads Commission in Producing a New Report on Engendering US-China Rapport: Building U.S.-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platforms & Programs

Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is one of two selected to lead a commission of leading scholars, former officials and businesspeople who are prominent on the landscape of U.S.-China relations. The commission was convened to research and report on ways to improve the relationship between the two countries. As noted in a release from the USC US-China Institute, American and Chinese economies and societies are more closely connected today than they ever have been, yet headlines and polls conducted among the populations of the two countries indicate low levels of respect and high levels of distrust toward one another. Building U.S.-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platforms & Programs is a joint report by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Peking University School of International Studies commissioned to address these issues. Dean Wang Jisi of the Peking University serves as lead for the commission along with Dean Wilson.

The report was presented at USC’s Davidson Conference Center Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Dean Wilson was a featured speaker at both events.

In addition to being dean of the USC Annenberg School and holding the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication, Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Committee. Wilson was a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000 to 2010, and chaired it in his last year, from 2009-2010. Focusing on the intersection between communication and public policy, Wilson has consulted for the World Bank and United Nations. Wilson also served on the White House National Security Council and as policy and planning director at the U.S. Information Agency. He has published widely on topics including governing global electronic networks and the politics of internet diffusion, and he advised on President Barack Obama’s transition team on matters of communication technology and public diplomacy.

Along with these accomplishments, Dr. Wilson has spoken widely on public diplomacy, communication and innovation issues, including presentations to the prestigious Boao Forum, the State Council, the Peoples Political Consultative Commission, and leading universities in China, and been published in outlets including China Quarterly and the Harvard Journal of International Affairs. He was a member of the Secretary of Commerce’s trade commission to China in 1994, and this year Dr. Wilson attended the China Development Forum in Beijing.


Cracking the “Glass” Ceiling

Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, helps to set the stage for Annenberg’s new journalism class utilizing Google Glass. The move advances the School’s agenda of providing more hands-on skills for its students to make them more marketable in the real world and positions the USC Annenberg School to lead the way in operationalizing this new technology for the journalism industry.

USC Annenberg Dean to Serve as Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration

Ernest J. Wilson III, Dean of USC Annenberg and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication, has been selected as a fellow-elect of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), an independent, non-partisan organization that works in a consultative capacity with federal officials. “I am deeply honored,” said Dean Wilson, “for the opportunity to…”

TIME Magazine quotes Ernest Wilson on L.A. Economy

“L.A. needs to diversify its economy by attracting more investment from sectors such as high tech… If we don’t, there’s a dystopian story. Unemployment will increase. Infrastructure will continue to deteriorate.”

High Tech Sector Pushing US Public Diplomacy Forward

Tech companies may have been listening a year ago when Wilson urged the tech sector to leverage its power to influence the national agenda on topics such as education, immigration, and foreign economic policy to strengthen U.S. smart power.  See Naomi Light’s USC Annenberg’s Center on Public Diplomacy blog.

Council on Foreign Relations publishes report: “Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet”

Ernest Wilson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Task Force, consisting of experts representing a variety of sectors, including high-tech industry, China studies, and leaders on cyber issues. The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force published their report this June. The report warns that “escalating attacks on countries, companies, and individuals… threaten the security and safety of the Internet.”

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III congratulates USC Annenberg’s Class of 2013

Dean Wilson addresses the Annenberg class of 2013. He says, “This is a wonderful time to be going out into the world of media, entertainment, [and] communications.” Watch Video »

Dean Wilson moderates the Google LA Speaker Series event featuring Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

On May 9, 2013, Wilson moderated a “Google LA Speaker Series” event featuring Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. Schmidt is Google’s Executive Chairman and Cohen is the director of the think / do tank, Google Ideas. The event was on the occasion of the duo’s new book, “The New Digital Age.”

USC Annenberg Dean Wilson Talks Up The Corporation For Public Broadcasting’s Future

Neon Tommy, Annenberg Digital News, interviewed Ernest Wilson about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, his former role and accomplishments on the Board, and what lies ahead for CPB. Read More »

Dean Wilson writes about the second wave of the digital divide

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III wrote about possible solutions to the problem of declining minority media ownership and positions of senior leadership in a Feb. 17 article in The Root. Dean Wilson wrote about the “scissors effect” of black consumption rising as black control simultaneously declines. “There is a lot of responsibility and work to go around,” he wrote. “But we all must start by recognizing that the scissors effect can cut deeply and permanently if we don’t take steps now to protect and nurture our American future. This is not a black or white issue. This is an American issue.” Read More »