The Media and the Elections

The Media and the Elections

three panel discussions presented on 10-22-2016

  • Posted on: 1 November 2016
  • By: Susan

For the past year and a half, everyone has been talking about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. It’s what you’ve been talking about with your friends and family, and it’s what the media has been talking about nonstop on air, online and in print. So what kind of impact has the media had on Election 2016? At CCTV's mini-conference on The Media and the Elections, held on October 22, 2016 at the Cambridge Public Library, three panels covered political reporting from the 2016 presidential election cycle.

the Media & the Elections Panel 1, Political Reporting, What happened? Pt. 1 from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

Panel One: Political Reporting, What Happened? Part 1
Panelists discussed media bias in election coverage, including racism, sexism, and liberal vs. conservative biases. The panel will also explored the role of the media in vetting candidates, and touched on the impact of antagonism in and toward the media.

Moderator: Joe Lynch, producer/host of Greater Somerville and anchor of SCATV’s Somerville Neighborhood News
Panelists: Rachel Gans-Boriskin, founder of and blogger for Politics in Pink; Donna Halper, media historian and Lesley University professor; Javier Marin, publisher of El Planeta Media Boston; Sarah Moawad, co-editor of Muftah’s Egypt & North Africa pages

The Media & the Elections Panel 2, Political Reporting: What happened? Part 2 from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

Panel Two: Political Reporting, What Happened? Part 2
Panelists discussed free campaign ads for candidates (the use of political advertising vs. viral social media vs. mainstream media coverage) and talked about who was promoted and vilified at various points in the campaign, and ways in which the media helped or hindered 3rd-party candidates.

Moderator: Barbara Anthony, former MA Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs & producer/host of BayState Forum
Panelists: Chris Faraone, editor at Dig Boston and founder of BINJ, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism; Renee Graham, columnist for the Boston Globe and WBUR contributor; Dante Ramos, columnist for the Boston Globe

The Media & the Elections Panel 3, Lead Up To The Election: What We are Seeing Now from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

Panel Three: Lead Up to the Election: What We are Seeing Now
Panelists explored how the media landscape and tone changed moving from the primaries to the general election; the influence of national and battleground polls; and how candidates down ballot are affected by media coverage of the presidential election.

Moderator: Chris Bavitz, managing director of Cyberlaw Clinic at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Panelists: Jim Braude, host of Greater Boston and BostonPublicRadio at WGBH; Renee Graham, columnist for the Boston Globe and WBUR contributor; Dan Kennedy, media commentator for WGBH and Nieman Journalism Lab