USC Annenberg and POLITICO Convene Journalists and Strategists for Discussion on Politics and the Media at National Party Conventions

Top journalists and political strategists will offer candid assessments of the campaigns and the press and explore the role of media in a democracy at public events during the national political conventions in Denver and Saint Paul.

Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2008 Elections is presented by the Center on Communication Leadership at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and POLITICO. This program is co-sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver (Denver) and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio (Saint Paul).

/images/events/big/dnc_logo_150p.jpgTuesday, August 26, 2008 (Denver)
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204.
Confirmed Panelists: Margaret Carlson, columnist, Bloomberg News and Washington editor, The Week; Cass Sunstein, author, 2.0 and informal advisor to Sen. Barack Obama; Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent, TIME; Juan Williams, author, Fox News Channel political analyst and NPR news analyst.

/images/events/big/rnc_logo_150p.jpgTuesday, September 2 (Saint Paul)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Minnesota Public Radio UBS Forum, 480 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
Confirmed Panelists: Catalina Camia, political editor, USA Today; Nina Easton, Washington bureau chief, FORTUNE; Mark McKinnon, former chief media advisor to Senator McCain and President Bush; Roger Simon, chief political columnist, POLITICO.

“Our job is to constantly put politicians under the microscope, but we think it’s only fair to scrutinize ourselves in the process. So it made perfect sense to partner with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in hosting these panels, where top journalists and political analysts will take off the gloves on media coverage of the ’08 elections,” said Jim VandeHei, executive editor of POLITICO.

“We are delighted to partner with POLITICO to bring together the very best in the business for a candid exploration into the role of the press, including new media, in setting the tone for political debate as the nation heads into a very spirited general election campaign,” said Geoffrey Cowan, USC Annenberg dean emeritus and director of the Center on Communication Leadership.

Cowan and VandeHei, along with POLITICO’s editor-in-chief John Harris, will serve as program moderators. The program will also include a presentation by award winning presidential historian and journalism professor Richard Reeves.

These discussions are open to the press and the public. Limited seating is available. RSVP required. To RSVP, visit

Center on Communication Leadership