Roundtable: Has Trump Changed the Media?

Speaker(s): Pablo Boczkowski, Zizi Papacharissi, Jay Rosen, Claire Wardle

Has Donald Trump, his presidential campaign and his Twitter feed transformed American media, or has he simply revealed transformations that were already well underway? And if there is no way of “changing it back,” how should we attempt to reform the media going forward?

Co-sponsored with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy


Pablo Boczkowski is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, co-director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina, and starting in 2019 also senior research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. in Germany. His research program examines the dynamics of digital culture from a comparative perspective. He is the author of three books, three edited volumes, over thirty journal articles, twenty book chapters, and eighty conference presentations. He is currently the coordinator of Project NET, a study of the consumption of news, entertainment, and technology in Argentina, Finland, Israel, Japan, and the United States. Find him on Twitter @PabloBocon.

Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of fifteen journals. Papacharissi is the founding and current Editor of the open access journal Social Media & Society. She has collaborated with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Oculus and has participated in closed consultations with the Obama 2012 election campaign. Find her on Twitter @zizip.

Jay Rosen has been teaching journalism at New York University since 1986. Rosen is the author of PressThink a blog about journalism and its ordeals, which he introduced in September 2003. His book, What Are Journalists For? (Yale University Press 1999), is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Rosen is also an active press critic with a focus on problems in the coverage of politics. Find him on Twitter @jayrosen_nyu.

 Claire Wardle is a leading expert on social media, user generated content, and verification. Her research sits at the increasingly visible and critical intersection of technology, communications theory, and mass and social media. Dr. Wardle is the co-founder and leader of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. First Draft is housed at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where Dr. Wardle is a Research Fellow. Find her on Twitter @cward1e.

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