CCTV Mini-Conference puts Lens on the Media and the Elections


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Boston-area Media Professionals to talk Election Coverage October 22

For the past year and a half, everyone has been talking about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. It's what you've been talking about with your friends and family, and it's what the media has been talking about nonstop on air, online and in print. So what kind of impact has the media had on Election 2016? Join Cambridge Community Television for a mini-conference on "The Media and the Elections" from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Our three panels will cover political reporting from this election cycle, and be filled with local media professionals.

Confirmed panelists to date include:

  • Jim Braude, host of Greater Boston on WGBH

  • Chris Faraone, editor at Dig Boston and founder of BINJ, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
  • Rachel Gans-Boriskin, founder and blogger, Politics in Pink

  • Renee Graham, columnist for the Boston Globe

  • Donna Halper, media critic and Lesley University professor

  • Dan Kennedy, media commentator for WGBH and Nieman Journalism Lab

  • Javier Marin, publisher of El Planeta Media
  • Sarah Moawad, co-editor of Muftah's Egypt & North Africa pages

  • Dante Ramos, columnist for the Boston Globe

Confirmed moderators are:

  • Barbara Anthony, former MA Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs & producer/host of BayState Forum
  • Chris Bavitz, managing director of Cyberlaw Clinic at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society 
  • Joe Lynch, producer/host of Greater Somerville and anchor of SCATV’s Somerville Neighborhood News

The conference's first two panels will take a look at "Political Reporting: What Happened?" and will delve into issues such as journalistic responsibility, media bias, antagonism in and toward the media, "free" campaign ads, political advertising versus viral social media versus mainstream media coverage, which candidates were promoted and which were vilified, and the media's effects on third-party candidates.

The third and final panel will review the "Lead Up to the Election: What We are Seeing Now," and will explore how the media landscape and tone has changed moving from the primaries to the general election; the influence of national and battleground polls; and the impact that media coverage of the presidential election is having an impact on down ballot candidates.

The conference will also include community breakout sessions and lunch for attendees. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or via our Facebook event page:

Complete Schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m. Doors open

  • 10:00 a.m. Opening remarks, video

  • 10:15 a.m. First panel: "Political Reporting, What happened? Pt. 1"

  • 11:15 a.m. Second panel: "Political Reporting, What happened? Pt. 2"
  • 12:15 Lunch/break-out discussions

  • 1:15 p.m. Third panel: "Lead Up to the Election: What We are Seeing Now"
  • 2:15 p.m. Closing remarks