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Virtual Program | Navigating the Noise: Election Coverage in the Digital Age


Join the Center for Brooklyn History and the Social Science Research Council for a discussion about fundamental changes to the news industry that are reshaping where and how citizens get information about candidates for public office.

In 2020, voters will make choices about candidates based on information gleaned from a fragmented and polarized news ecosystem that includes a shrinking core of professional journalists competing for attention with a growing periphery of partisan opinionators and hostile foreign interlopers. Panelists include Julia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University, author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate and regular contributor to political science blog The Mischiefs of Faction; Michael Wagner, professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Wisconsin; and Claire Wardle, Founder and Director of First Draft. Moderated by Johanna Dunaway, professor of communication at Texas A&M University.

Presented in partnership with the Social Science Research Council. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

7:00 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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    Julia Azari

    Julia R. Azari is associate professor of political science at Marquette University, where she also serves as director of graduate studies. Her areas of research expertise include the American presidency, political communication and rhetoric, and political parties. She is the author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate. In 2019, she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Foundation at the Library of Congress, working on a book manuscript about weak parties and strong partisanship in the United States. Azari was the inaugural winner of the Best Public-Facing Scholar award presented by the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She writes regularly for the political science blog Mischiefs of Faction, the data journalism site, and is a co-host of the podcast Politics in Question.

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    Michael W. Wagner

    Michael W. Wagner is a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directs the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal. His research focuses on intersecting questions of communication, partisan polarization, and political behavior. He is co-author of Mediated Democracy: Politics, the News and Citizenship in the 21st Century and Political Behavior of the American Electorate. He has also published dozens of articles in journals such as Journal of Communication, Annual Review of Political Science, Human Communication Research, and Political Communication. He is editor of Political Communication’s Forum, an award-winning teacher, and a frequent tweeter @prowag

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    Claire Wardle

    Claire Wardle leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft. In 2009 she left her academic position at Cardiff University to develop an organization wide training program for the BBC on social media, verification and misinformation and has been obsessed with the topic ever since. In 2017 she co-authored the seminal report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. Over the past decade she has been a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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    Johanna Dunaway

    Johanna Dunaway is an associate professor of communication Texas A&M University.  She has written extensively on the relationship between the structural and contextual features of media outlets and news content.  Her current research examines the impact of the changing contemporary media environment across individuals, groups, and local communities.  Her other work examines local news coverage of political campaigns, immigration, and events such as the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, she has published in numerous other areas including public opinion, political behavior, and political advertising.