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The Annenberg Washington Program

About the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies

In 1983 Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg founded The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies as a nonprofit, neutral forum in the nation’s capital for examining pressing communications policy issues. The Program's creation coincided with explosive advances in communications technologies and the growing dominance of information services and products in global markets. Ambassador Annenberg’s support of the Program was based on his understanding of the need, in light of new technologies, for a place in Washington where policymakers, industry officials, academics, the public, and the press could come together, speak frankly with each other, listen, and reach a deeper understanding. For most of its history, the Annenberg Washington Program was operated by Northwestern University

Until its activities ended in 1997, the Program reached diverse audiences by publishing a monthly newsletter, distributing every Program publication to nearly 400 college and university libraries in the United States, providing publications electronically through the Program's World Wide Web site on the Internet, and averaging 150 print, television, and radio appearances a month. Through these efforts, the Program encouraged dialogue about communications policy issues and improves the quality and cost-effectiveness of communications resources and policymaking. The archives of the Annenberg Washington Program are available in the University Archives of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.

During its history, The Annenberg Washington Program distributed more than 652,000 copies of its publications, primarily through traditional print formats. In order to make these reports available to a broader audience, more than 90 of the Program’s most requested and important publications are collected on this server.

These timely reports chart the dramatic changes in communications policy during the 1980s and 1990s. Annenberg reports focus on a wide range of topics of interest to communications scholars, as well as to experts in medical communications, international relations, journalism, disaster mitigation, law and the First Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among many others.

Most reports are reprinted in their entirety and are accompanied by photos.

Communications Technology, the U.S. Political Process, and the Legal System
International Media and Telecommunications
Communications, Health Care, and Social Issues

Communications Technology, The U.S. Political Process,
and the Legal System

International Media and Telecommunications

Communications, Health Care and Social Issues



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Except where noted, all of the materials in this service are copyrighted by The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University. Any materials not copyrighted by The Annenberg Washington Program appear with the express permission of the publisher and/or holder of the copyright.

Except where noted, The Annenberg Washington Program encourages the not-for-profit reproduction or distribution of the works on this server.


This site was developed by James Grall of The Annenberg Washington Program, in conjunction with Learning Technology Group, Academic Technologies, Northwestern University. Graphics and site maintenance by the Northwestern University Library.

For their time, energy, creativity and guidance, the Program thanks Bob Taylor, Ariel Rosenthal, Brian Nielsen, Paul Hertz, Joe Germuska, Ted Mazza, Gretchen Guo, Rion Odenbach, Jack Graham and Tom Board of Academic Technologies of Northwestern University. Special thanks to John Margolis, Associate Provost, for his inspiration.