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SoCJ Hosts Conversation about Journalism and the U.S. Presidential Election

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graphic with the title of the eventThe School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ) will host a panel conversation Thursday, February 22, on the difficulties facing reporters and media outlets in covering the 2024 presidential election.

“The Unique Challenges of Reporting on the Election” is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. It begins at 6 pm in the Wang Center Theater.

“This election is sure to be deeply fraught and painful for many Americans — wherever someone falls on the political spectrum, almost all Americans can agree that the future of our country is at stake,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “Such deep divisions place incredible pressure, and the threat of violence, on members of the media on whom we rely to help us make sense of the news of the day and potentially far-reaching consequences.”

The conversation will feature reporters and media executives:

  • Jane Coaston, New York Times opinion writer; formerly, host of The Argument and senior politics reporter at Vox and MTV News
  • Matt Yglesias, publisher, Slow Boring; co-founder, Vox Media; former columnist at The Atlantic 
  • James Bennett, senior editor, The Economist; former editor and reporter, New York Times

It will be moderated by Musa al-Gharbi, assistant professor of communication and journalism at Stony Brook University and a research fellow at Heterodox Academy whose work on U.S. political dynamics has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, The Atlantic, New Republic, The Nation, The Guardian and many other outlets.  

The event is open to all, but registration is recommended.

Students may register here.

Faculty, staff and the campus community can register here.

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