Media and Communications

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March 26, 2011, 1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Session 3: Media & Communications

  • J. Michael Hogan, Liberal Arts Research Professor and Co-Director, Center for Democratic Deliberation, Pennsylvania State University (moderator)
  • Tony Blankley, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs, Edelman
  • Mona Charen, syndicated columnist
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication and Walter & Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tanya Hamilton, film director and writer
  • Richard Kilberg, President, Fred Friendly Seminars
  • Lynn Novick, documentary filmmaker, Florentine Films
  • Siobhan Reardon, President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Michael Schudson, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Guiding Questions for Discussion

  • How could the media do a better job informing citizens? How has the internet changed the way in which citizens can critique the media? Are we all able to become experts?
  • Is not voting better than an uninformed vote?
  • Is the media’s job to inform or engage viewers?
  • Is media programming politically biased?
  • Using the discussion of political leanings in public broadcasting presented in these clips, is Sesame Street good for kids? Some resources:

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