Panel of Industry Experts to Discuss “Media & Politics” at Boston University

in Government, News Releases
February 21st, 2008

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston — The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University presents “Media & Politics,” a panel discussion with distinguished experts from various fields of the news media. The panel, part of the year-long “Ready to Vote” program at BU, aims to share insider opinions on important issues in the upcoming presidential election. Topics such as how newspapers choose which candidate to endorse, how the media influences the American voter, how sexism, racism, religion and ageism factor into the electing of a candidate, as well as how 24-hour news networks and the Internet have changed campaigning, will be addressed.

Event Details
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free, Open to the Public
More Information: 617-353-1218; archives@bu.edu; www.bu.edu/archives

The panel of experienced media personnel will include Jonathan Alter, columnist and senior editor of Newsweek and a CNN commentator; Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s On Point; David S. Bernstein, reporter at the Boston Phoenix; Ida E. Lewis, first editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of Encore: American & Worldwide News; Renee Loth, editorial editor of the Boston Globe; Debra Saunders, op-ed columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Ernie Suggs, political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The discussion will be moderated by John Carroll, professor of Communication at Boston University, as well as a producer and panelist on the weekly WGBH-TV program Beat the Press.

The goal of the “Ready to Vote” program is to help students become better citizens by showing them that their voices and their votes do count. The program consists of a student advisory board that works with HGARC director Vita Paladino to make students more informed and interested in politics. The top priority is to register students to vote, to have a proxy vote ready if needed and to teach them that voting is a citizen’s greatest civic duty, as well as a fundamental tool for social change. Additionally, the program seeks to inform the student body about the issues they should be concerned about for the upcoming presidential elections.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public.

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