Free forum next Thurday at MIT on press and presidential campaign

Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m. Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab 20 Ames St., Cambridge

How have American news media responded to this historic presidential campaign? Is it true, as many have suggested, that the influence of newspapers and television has declined in the digital era? Have the media become more partisan and polarized? Are they more preoccupied with polls and campaign strategy than with substantive issues? Has the coverage by traditional media been qualitatively different from that by online news sources? In this first of two forums on the campaign and the media, our speakers will offer report cards on the current state of American political journalism.

John Carroll is a professor of mass communication at Boston University and senior media analyst for WBUR-FM.

Ellen Goodman is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group whose work appears regularly in the Boston Globe.

Tom Rosenstiel is director of the Washington-based Project for Excellence in Journalism where he is the editor and principal author of its “Annual Report on the State of the News Media.”

Moderator: Ellen Hume is the research director for the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.

Co-sponsors: MIT Center for Future Civic Media and Technology and Culture Forum at MIT

All forums are free and open to the public.

More information:

Forwarded by Bill Densmore from Brad Seawell, Program Coordinator MIT Communications Forum 14N-430 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 02139 voice 617-253-3521 fax 617-253-6105

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