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Media and political accountability is topic, Nov. 30-Dec. 1

A conference examining how new media affect political accountability will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in 1 Robertson Hall.

The conference, titled "The Changing Media and Political Accountability," is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, a research program within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is being organized by Martin Gilens, associate professor of politics; Markus Prior, assistant professor of politics and public affairs; and Paul Starr, the Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and professor of sociology and public affairs.

Panel presentations will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday with an overview of the "State of the News Media" by Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism in Washington, D.C. Rosenstiel's talk will be followed by a series of presentations about how the changing media affect the political information environment.

The conference will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday with panels focusing on implications for the link between media and citizen involvement, as well as between citizens and government. Speakers include: Paul DiMaggio, professor of sociology at Princeton; James Druckman, associate professor of political science at Northwestern University; Shanto Iyengar, director of the political communication lab at Stanford University; and Lynn Vavreck, assistant professor of political science at the University of California-Los Angeles.

A full conference schedule can be viewed online. The conference is open to the public, but registration is required by contacting Michele Epstein at

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