The Role The Media Plays In Presidential Elections | Newberry

The Role The Media Plays In Presidential Elections

Friday, October 7, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Professor Larry Stuelpnagel, Northwestern University
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The press and media play a crucial role in providing information to voters about candidates and their party platform. As the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies put it, “The media is the primary means through which public opinion is shaped and at times manipulated. If this is the media’s role then in normal course of events, it becomes even more vital in exceptional periods, one of which is electoral junctures, when the media becomes a primary player.” However, many politicians and citizens alike believe the media has abused its power and not been an “objective” reporter of events. This seminar will focus on the special role the press plays during elections and the social and commercial factors that influence the coverage. The goal of this seminar is to give teachers a more critical understanding how business, press norms of behavior and social forces impact how America elects its president.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.