6 Sessions on Politics and How Media and Technology will Impact The Election


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The 2008 Presidential Election marked a pivotal moment when technology and social media played an integral role in the outcome of our nation’s political structure. From that year until today, and especially with the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, the role of technology, social media, and digital politics will be amplified exponentially.

At SMW Chicago, we’ll hear how satire and brands like The Onion are making real impacts on politics, the media’s impact on voting and awareness, and how political organizations are using data to make better decisions, just like businesses in marketing, advertising, and technology.

1. How the Growth of Digital Has Changed the Media’s Reporting on Illinois Political Campaigns

Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association and former ABC 7 political reporter, and Roe Conn, WGN-AM radio personality, will discuss the evolution of political reporting over the past few decades. The two will discuss how the traditional news media has had to adapt to the constantly evolving digital landscape and increased presence of social media in the political campaign sphere.

2. ILLINOIS POLITICS IN THE MEDIA

This session will examine how Chicago political reporters are covering politics and government in the digital era. They’ll discuss the challenges of reporting giving the almost instantaneous news cycles and how they work to gain an edge in their reporting to compete with not only the other traditional news media outlets, but more importantly with the ever-growing number of all-digital news outlets.

3. IMPLICATIONS OF DIGITAL TECH ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Social media is revolutionizing the traditional political campaign operation—whether to engage and activate a candidate’s supporters, or to announce a candidate’s entrance into the race or accusations about the opposition. Join us to hear from the news media about how their digital teams are using tools in unique ways to connect readers and viewers to the campaigns.

4. STAYING INFORMED THROUGH HUMOR: THE ROLE OF SATIRICAL NEWS PROGRAMS IN KEEPING UP WITH POLITICS

The Pew Research Center’s Jeff Gottfried will share research on the role satirical programs play in how people keep up with their political world. He will discuss the extent to which Americans are aware of, trust, and consume these sources; what characteristics define these sources’ audiences; why people get news there; and finally, the impact these programs can have in informing the public about political issues.

5. INFLUENCE OF SATIRICAL NEWS ON POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS

More than ever before, people are relying on nontraditional media outlets as their main source of news. With the 2016 election right around the corner, satirical news sources have a particularly strong ability to influence voters all over the country.Cole Bolton, editor-in-chief of The Onion, will lead a panel with senior writer Seena Vali and staff writer Mike Gillis to discuss the influence of satirical news on elections.

6. THE ETHICS OF OPEN DATA

With increasing scrutiny on government entities (especially here in Illinois), constituents are demanding their politicians be transparent across all aspects of governing and operations. As a result, there’s been a rapid growth in the field of open data, which is not only helpful to constituents, but also to the political and investigative news media as well. But just how reliable is open data? Can reporters trust it at face value? Hear from the founders of DataMade, Aldertrack and from Sun-Times reporter Dan Mihalopolous about how he uses that data in his reporting.

Social Media Week Chicago kicks off on Monday, November 16th. There is still time to purchase your pass and gain access to a week of 200+ speakers, 100+ events, and 1,000+ leaders under one roof.



Ryan Adelson

Intern, Social Media Week

Ryan is a graduate student at NYU pursuing a M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media.



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