Archive for October, 2008

Media and Politics, Oct 13-14, Time Warner

October 10, 2008
Center for Communication

Time Warner Presents – MEDIA AND POLITICS 2008
Monday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 14

COLUMBUS CIRCLE, TIME WARNER BUILDING, 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues


Monday, October 13, 2008

11:30 AM  Registration – Doors Open

12:30 PM  Welcome
Jeffrey L. Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner

12:45 PM -1:45 PM  Keynote Roundtable
The Changing Face of News and the Presidential Election: The Power, The Influence and the Challenge of the Future

Campbell Brown, CNN Anchor
Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME
Graydon Carter,Editor, Vanity Fair
Jonathan Klein, President of CNN/U.S

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Break

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Session I
The Influencers: The Editorial, OpEd Pages, TV Analysts – Establishing and Defining the National Conversation

Jeffrey Toobin, Analyst, CNN Worldwide
Peggy Noonan, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Byron York, White House correspondent, National Review
Jeff Greenfield,Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News
Frank Rich, Op-Ed columnist, The New York Times, Moderator

Session II
Media and Power: Establishing the National Dialogue – From TV News, Newspapers and Information Programming to the Broadband and Social Networks

Kinsey Wilson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, NPR Digital
Rome Hartman, Executive Producer, BBC World News America, former Executive Producer of The CBS Evening News
Michael Oreskes, Managing Editor for U.S. News, Associated Press, former executive editor, International Herald Tribune
David Bohrman, Senior Executive Producer, CNN
Joel Sucherman, Executive Producer, USAToday
Tuna N. Amobi, Director, Consumer Discretionary, Media & Entertainment, Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, Moderator

Session III
Political Advertising – The Daily Game Changers: Language, Imagery and the Always-On War Room Campaign

Jimmy Siegel, Creative Director/Partner, a-political
Alex Castellanos, Political Strategist, CNN Analyst
Jeffrey Tuchman, Documania Films, Executive Producer of dvertising, Hilary Clinton Campaign 2008 & “Man From Hope” 1992 Film
Katie Jacobs Stanton, Principal, New Business Development group, Google
Jon Fine, Columnist, BusinessWeek
Joe Erwin, former chairman, South Carolina Democratic Party and
CEO, Erwin-Penland

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Session I
Media Power Vs. Political Power: The 2008 Election Re-defining the Relationship

Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst, TIME
Mark J. Penn, Worldwide President & CEO, Burson-Marsteller
Candy Crowley, Senior Political Correspondent, CNN
Howell Raines, Media Columnist, Conde Nast Portfolio, former Executive Editor, New York Times
Larry Hackett, Managing Editor, People, Moderator

Session II
The New “New Rules” of Religion and Politics: Just When You Thought You Understood, Obama and Palin Scramble the Religious Rules

Nancy Gibbs, Editor-at-Large, TIME
Ralph Reed, Political Strategist
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and author of Failing America’s Faithful
Mara Vanderslice, religious outreach director, Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign and founder and director of the Matthew 25 Network
Steve Waldman, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, BeliefNet, former National Editor, U.S. News & World Report, Moderator

Session III
Global Finance, Global Economy: Core Issue of the Presidential Election

David Faber, Anchor and Reporter, CNBC
Eamon Javers, Correspondent, Politico
Dan Senor, founding partner, Rosemont Capital LLC, former chief spokesperson, Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
Michael Mandel, Chief Economist, BusinessWeek, Moderator

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Break

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM End-of-Day Keynote Roundtable
The Presidential Inner Circle – Braintrust for the Candidate: The Media and the Election

Moderator: Anderson Cooper
Mike McCurry, principal, Public Strategies Washington, Inc.,

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

8:30 AM Registration – Doors Open

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote Roundtable
Defining the American Experience – the State of the Global Superpower – How the World Sees Us – How We See the World

Fareed Zakaria, GPS, CNN and editor, Newsweek International
Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN
Romesh Ratnesar, Deputy Managing Editor, TIME
Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, CNN, Moderator

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM – Noon

Session I
Media: Biased and Elitist? Or a Campaign Tactic to Dissuade Tough Questions?

Dan Rather, Host and Global Correspondent, “Dan Rather Reports”
Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent and Senior Producer, NewsHour PBS
Dorothy Rabinowitz, Columnist, Wall Street Journal, Pulitzer Prize Winner
David Sirota, Author, Columnist & Journalist, “The Uprising”
Josh Silver, Executive Director, Free Press
Howard Kurtz, Media Reporter, The Washington Post, Host, CNN Reliable Sources, Moderator

Session II
Digital Politics: The Game Changer of 2008; The 24/7 Hyper Campaign + New Media Platforms + Millions Connected = Politics in 2008

Alan Warms, General Manager, Yahoo! News
Lee Brenner, Executive Producer of Political Programming and Director, IMPACT (Public Affairs), MySpace
Steve Grove, Head of News and Politics, YouTube
Ari Melber, Journalist, The Nation
Brian Scanlon, Director of Election Services, Associated Press
Alex Wellen, Deputy Political Director,
Kathleen Hayden, Editor, AOL News
Rory O’Connor, President and CEO, Globalvision, Inc., Moderator

Session III
The Election and Pop Culture: Strategies for the, Movies, Broadband, Movies, Late Night, Talk & Comedy Television

Mo Rocca, Blogger, AOL, contributor to NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Ben Relles, founder and CEO of (Creator Obama Girl)
Sarah Bernard, President,
Gregg Spiridellis, co-founder, JibJab
Alex Gibney, Writer – Director, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor,, Moderator

Noon – 12:30 PM Break

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Session I
Puppet Masters and Policy Maestros: Analyzing the Brains, Architects and Strategies of the Modern Campaign

Joe Klein, Columnist & Senior Writer, TIME
Donna Brazile, Political Activist and Strategist
Mark McKinnon, Vice Chairman, Public Strategies, former strategist, George W. Bush and Senator John McCain
Hilary B. Rosen, CNN Political Contributor; and Political Director and Washington Editor at large,
Matthew Dowd, Chief Strategist, Bush-Cheney ’04, Political Contributor, ABC News
John King, Chief National Correspondent, CNN, Moderator

Session II
A Republican Administration – Speculation on the Next Four Years: The Implications of Party Victory on Foreign and Domestic Policy & the State of the Nation

Bradley A. Blakeman, former President & CEO, Freedom’s Watch
Victoria Toensing, former deputy assistant attorney general
David Goodfriend, former Deputy Staff Secretary to President Bill Clinton, co-founder Air America Radio
Ronald Kessler, Chief Washington Correspondent, Newsmax, George Polk Award Winner

Session III
Women and the 2008 Election: Playing Politics with Gender – Media, Candidates and the Majority Vote

Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent, TIME
Rachel Sklar, Senior Contributing Editor, Huffington Post, editor, “Eat The Press”
Carol Jenkins, President, The Women’s Media Center
Andrea Tantaros, Political and Media Commentator, Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC
Ada Calhoun, editor-in-chief,
Tentative – Katha Pollit – The Nation
Lisa Witter, Chief Operating Officer, FENTON | communications, Moderator

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Break

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Session I
The Candidate & the Media: Creating the Brand, Maintaining the Brand, Preserving the Brand
Mark McKinnon, Vice Chairman, Public Strategies, former strategist, George W. Bush and Senator John McCain

Joe Trippi, Democratic Strategist, Edwards 2008, Kerry 2004
Ian V. Rowe, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs, MTV: Music Television
Robert A. George, Editorial Page Writer, New York Post
Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
Co-Moderators – Bob Safian, Editor and Managing Director, Fast Company and Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer, Fast Company

Session II
Energy, the Election and Economic Emergency: Investment and Change in the Nation’s Future
Anne Korin, co-director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS)
David Manning, Executive Vice President, National Grid
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund and author, “Earth: The Sequel”
John Rennie, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American
Rick Kessler, President, DowLohnes Government Strategies, Moderator

Session III
The Power of Polling, Daily Snapshots, Influencing Policy, Influencing the Election
Evans Witt, principal and CEO, Princeton Survey Research Associates

Brad Kates, President and COO, Opinion Dynamics
William Schneider, Senior Political Analyst, CNN
Stanley B. Greenberg, CEO, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
David Iannelli, Managing Director, Public Strategies Inc
Clifford Alexander Young, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs
Sam Feist, Political Director, CNN, Moderator

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Session I
A Democratic Administration – Speculation on the Next Four Years: The Implications of Party Victory on Foreign and Domestic Policy & the State of the Nation

Mark Green, Democratic Party Leader, President, Air America Radio, co-author of the forthcoming book, “Change For America”, a progressive blueprint for the 44th president
Ron Reagan, Jr., Political Commentator
Jennifer M. Palmieri, Senior Vice President of Communications, Center for American Progress, National Press Secretary for the 2004 Edwards for President campaign
Alice Germond, Secretary, Democratic National Committee
Bill Hess, Senior Vice President, Programming, Air America, Moderator

Session II
The Digital Election: The Activist System and the Political Blogosphere
Ed McFadden, Advisor – Speechwriter, Sen. Fred Thompson, Director, Corporate New Media Strategy, Verizon

Jonathan Martin, Reporter, Politico
Jon Henke, Blogger, The Next Right
Nathan Daschle, Executive Director, Democratic Governors Association
Liba Rubenstein, Manager and Co-founder, IMPACT/Public Affairs, MySpace
Pete Snyder, Founder & CEO, New Media Strategies, Inc., FormerPollster to Giuliani, Former New Media Advisor to Fred Thompson, Moderator

How Foreign Journalists View U.S. Election Coverage, october 13, columbia

October 10, 2008

Through Foreign Eyes: How Foreign Journalists View U.S. Election Coverage
Monday, October 13
1512 (15th Floor) International Affairs Building,
420 West 118th Street (Corner of 118th and Amsterdam Ave)
Co-sponsored by the IMC concentration at SIPA
This event will feature a panel of international journalists, including:
  • Dame BABOU, Sud Quotidien (Senegal)
  • Mario CALABRESI, La Repubblica (Italy)
  • Sylvain CYPEL, Le Monde (France)
  • Ed PILKINGTON, The Guardian (UK)
  • Yoichi TAKITA, Nikkei (Japan)
For more information:

“Russia Online: the Russian-Language Blogosphere and Participatory Internet” An , October 17 at Columbia

October 8, 2008

“Russia Online: the Russian-Language Blogosphere and Participatory Internet”

An All-Day Conference made possible by the collaboration of the
Harriman Institute and the School of Journalism at Columbia
University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard

This conference is open to the public. Seating may be limited. To
reserve seating, please RSVP to kva2001@columbia and cc:

Friday, October 17, 2008
8:30 am – 6:30 pm
The World Room, Third Floor
Columbia University School of Journalism
116th and Broadway, New York City

Conference Description and Full Program:

This conference aims to internationalize contemporary media studies by
exploring the changing transnational relationships among
Russian-language internet users, bloggers, and their political,
cultural, and commercial realities. How do these relationships
transcend or reinforce national, linguistic, or cultural borders? What
promises, potentials, and problems do emerging communication
technologies offer–and how can they help enrich understanding of
Russia in a global context? And what other questions are pressing?

The conference provides a unique forum for both academics and
practitioners, bringing together leading and rising scholars,
journalists, policy activists and other specialists from Russia, the
US and Europe.


9:30 – 9:45 am WELCOMING REMARKS
Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Director, The Harriman Institute Columbia

9:45 – 11:15 am PANEL 1: The Promise of the Internet – History,
Culture, Identity

The internet has been heralded for its ability to “erase space and
time,” giving rise to transnational networks and communities that
transcend traditional geo-political boundaries. What
role–confirmation, counter-study, corrective–does Russian-language
blogging play in this narrative?

* Sergei Kuznetsov (Russian Internet Pioneer) The Russian Blogoshere:
Past, Present and Future
* Ellen Rutten (Russian Cyberspace) Imagined Amateurisms. Literary
Writing in Russian Blogs
* Robert Saunders (Russian Cyberspace) Between the Matrix and Moscow:
Cyber-Russians in the Near Abroad

11:15 – 11:45 am PRESENTATION: Mapping the Russian-Language Blogosphere

Visual mapping of the structure of Russian-language blogosphere, using
automated social networking tools and human-led content analysis to
explore how online network structures reflect the social, cultural and
political forces at work in a society.

* John Kelly and Karina Alexanyan, PhD Candidates, Communications, Columbia
Research sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at
Harvard University

11:45 – 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:30 pm PANEL 2: The Participatory Internet ? Politics and Russia

How is the relationship between Russia?s political and media
landscapes changing? Specifically, how, if at all, has the internet?s
promise to engage and involve citizens influenced political
participation in Russia?

* Ivan Zassoursky (Moscow State University) On Media, Power & the
Internet in Russia
* Robert Orrtung (Jefferson Institute, DC) On Online Mayoral Politics
* Floriana Fossato (University College, London) The Web that Failed:
How Political Projects are Failing on the Russian Internet. A copy of
this paper can be found at:

2:30 – 2:45 pm BREAK

2:45 – 4:15 pm PANEL 3: The Internet and Real Life: Commerce, Social Movements, War

What are the contemporary dynamics between Russia online and off?
Specifically, what are the relationships between online interaction
and current events, business practices, and social movements?

* Anton Nossik (Internet Pioneer) On Commercial Blogging and the Case of SUP
* Olessia Kholtsova (HSE, St. Petersburg), Social Movements in the Era
of Blogs: The Case of save_eu
* Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk (Russian Cyberspace) Russian TV News vs.
RuNet Information Sites: Opposite ?Realities? for Different Communities

4:15 – 5:20 pm DISCUSSION PERIOD

5:20 – 5:30 pm CLOSING REMARKS

5:30 – 6:30 pm RECEPTION

For additional information, please contact the Conference Organizers:

* Karina Alexanyan Fitch (PhD Candidate, Communications, Columbia) at
* Benjamin Peters (PhD Candidate, Communications, Columbia) at

Craig Mundie at NYU, oct 7

October 7, 2008


Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, will be at
NYU on Tues., Oct. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., to announce a new partnership with
New York University and a consortia of other area universities. The event
takes place at Tischman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Square
South). The event is open to the NYU community. Valid NYU ID required for

The event is part of Mundie’s annual College Tour. He’ll give a talk to
students about the impact of technology, and he’ll show some advanced
technology demos.

Nick Couldry at NYU, Oct 23

October 7, 2008

Nick Couldry on Media and the Ethics of Recognition

Thursday, October 23

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Institute for Public Knowledge (20 Cooper Square)

About this Event

In this talk, Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths, University of London) will consider what can be learned for media analysis from work on the ethics of recognition (Honneth’s work in social theory and Ricoeur’s work in ethics). His discussion will draw on his previous work on media ethics and on media rituals, and address also specific topics including the question: can there/ should there be an ethics of reality TV?

Couldry is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he is Director of the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy:

Internet and Democracy in Burma Case Study

October 2, 2008

Veronica Alfaro, a core CCC participant, is engaged in an interesting discussion of the Berkman Center’s Internet and Democracy Burma Case Study. Check it out here.