With the 2012 presidential campaigns in full throttle, communication experts discussed the role of the media and the ways the media influence and are influenced by the Democrat and Republican campaign strategies. Topics explored include the candidate debates and advertising messages and markets as well as unanticipated uses of the media, with the campaign context shaped by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case.

Following opening remarks by David E. Van Zandt, President of The New School, the event was moderated by Neil Grabois, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

Speakers included:

Andy Heyward, former president of CBS News;
Victor Navasky, former editor and publisher of The Nation;
Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School;
Justin Elliott, reporter, ProPublica;
Jeff Smith, former Missouri Senator and Assistant Professor of Poiltics and Advocacy in the Urban Policy Program at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.

This event took place on on Thursday, October 11, 2012.