Join swissnex and our esteemed panel to discuss the media/politics nexus inside election campaigns.
During the course of the evening we will gain a better understanding of the interplay between systems of political mass communications, party competition and election polemics by exploring the relationship between media and politics- Swissnex
W. Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle where he directs the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.
The focus of his work is on how communication processes affect citizen identifications and engagement with politics. Specific research areas include: press-government relations; the role of news in governance; models of civic learning and online civic engagement; Web-based political information networks; digital media and global activism; and the commercialization of national news and media systems.
His publications include Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy, News: The Politics of Illusion, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina and Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth.
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Claes de Vreese
Claes H. de Vreese is Professor and Chair of Political Communication and Scientific Director of The Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam.
He is also Director of the Netherlands School of Communications Research (NESCoR), the national research school in communication science recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Finally, he is Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark.
He has published more than 40 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including: Communication Research, Journalism Studies, Political Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Scandinavian Political Studies, European Journal of Communication, West European Politics, EU Politics, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, and European Journal of Political Research.
Frank Esser is Professor and Chair of International & Comparative Media Research in the Department of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich.
He was assistant professor of mass communication at the University of Mainz and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication. He has published five books including Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges and sixty book chapters and journal articles.
Esser is on the editorial boards of Journalism and The International Journal of Press/Politics, and serves as Vice Chair of the Journalism Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).
In Zurich he is co-director of the NCCR Democracy, a National Center of Competence in Research funded by the Swiss Science Foundation, to study the impact of globalization and mediatization on Western democracies. A current project compares election campaign coverage in nine countries (U.S., Mexico, Spain, Italy, Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland) and aims at identifying the underlying differences between political news cultures. Another project investigates the degree of media-centeredness of election campaigns in various countries.
Shanto Iyengar holds a joint appointment as the Harry and Norman Chandler Chair in Communication and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Iyengar is also a senior fellow (by courtesy) at the Hoover Institution.
Iyengar's teaching and research addresses the role of the news media and mass communication in contemporary politics.
He is the author of several books including Media Politics: A Citizen's Guide, Going Negative: How Political Advertisements Shrink and Polarize the Electorate Explorations in Political Psychology,and News That Matters: Television and American Opinion.
Iyengar currently serves as the editor of Political Communication (Taylor and Francis), an inter-disciplinary journal sponsored by the American Political Science Association and the International Communication Association.
Iyengar's research has been published by leading journals in political science and communication. He is also a regular contributor to Washingtonpost.com. His scholarly awards include the Murray Edelman Career Achievement Award for research in political communication, the Philip Converse Award for the best book in the field of public opinion (for News That Matters), the Goldsmith Book Prize (for Going Negative), and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa.
Amy S. Mitchell
Amy S. Mitchell is Deputy Director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.