Teen drivers need better training to counter inexperience and inattention

Better driver training and closer parental supervision of young drivers could reduce some of the major risks that lead to teen driver crashes, according to a review of recent studies published online this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “A lot of crashes involving adolescent drivers are due to inexperience, as opposed to recklessness or the inability to pay attention to the road,” said the lead author, Daniel Romer.

Bryce Pinkham

Leonore Annenberg arts fellow Bryce Pinkham nominated for Tony Award

Bryce Pinkham, a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Arts fellow, has been nominated for a Tony Award for lead actor in a musical for his performance in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” “It’s just one of those moments you are always dreaming about as a little kid, practicing in front of the mirror," Pinkham told Broadwayworld.com.

FactCheck.org’s double Webby win

FactCheck.org was named best Politics website for the 18th Annual Webby Awards. The Webbys, called “the Oscars of the Internet,” are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Seven emerging artists, eight schools awarded Leonore Annenberg Fund grants

A bass-baritone opera singer raised amid rough surroundings in a trailer park in Virginia; a violinist from a family of Philadelphia Orchestra string players; a first-generation Serbian-American actor who won acclaim in an offbeat Off Broadway musical. These are among the seven arts fellows who will receive 2014 grants from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition, eight schools will receive grants. (At left: opera singer Ryan Speedo Green)

Declining visibility of tobacco use on TV linked to drop in smoking rates

The declining visibility of tobacco products on prime-time U.S. broadcast television shows is linked to a drop in smoking of nearly two packs of cigarettes per adult per year, according to a study by Annenberg Public Policy Center researchers published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The study found that the drop in portrayals of smoking and tobacco use in TV dramas mirrored the decline in consumption