The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

September 11, 2008

WFAE's The Media's Role in Election 2008

WFAE presents a community dialogue on the role of the media in the current election year. This informal and interactive session is designed to engage the audience in discussion with local media experts and journalists. The event will be held Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Mint Museum of Art (2730 Randolph Road).

Panelists are: Daniel Grano, assistant professor of communication studies at UNC Charlotte; Jim Morrill, political writer at The Charlotte Observer; Jeff Sonier, television journalist and political reporter.

Topics and questions to be discussed include:
  • How can the media go beyond 'sound bite' journalism and 'horse race' reporting of the latest poll results to help voters better understand the issues and where the candidates stand?
  • Are the local media doing a good job of covering the NC races for governor, U.S. Senate and congressional contests?
  • How can voters balance what they see and hear through political coverage, with the messages they encounter through campaign advertising? Do the media overemphasize candidates' race, gender, religion?
  • What should be the media's role in encouraging voter turnout?
  • Should newspapers still endorse candidates?

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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