What’s Next for Journalism and Political Communication?

Thu, 4 February, 2021 6:00pm
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After the Inauguration of the 46th President at a critical moment in US history, the SMPA community continues to be a protagonist in media and public affairs. Alumni, faculty, and National Council members work in and report from the White House and Congress, work in advocacy and strategic communication organizations to influence public opinion and policy, and conduct research on fundamental issues affecting the health of information and democracy.

SMPA will host a conversation on February 4th at 6pm about where politics and journalism are headed. 

What has changed in the last four years? Are those changes likely to continue? What are the big challenges going forward for the study and the practice of journalism and political communication?




Moderator Peter Loge is an Associate Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), Director of External Relations for SMPA, and Director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication. His focus is on strategic communications, political strategy and ethics. 


Dr. Rebekah Tromble is an Associate Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs and Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP). Dr. Tromble’s research focus is on political communication, digital research methodology, and research ethics. 


Frank Maisano is the Senior Principal and the co-founder of the strategic communications practice at Bracewell, a law and government relations firm in Washington DC. His focus is on media relations, crisis communications and strategic counseling services. Frank is also an adjunct professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs. 

Dante Chinni is a reporter and data analyst for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, and the Project Director and Founder of the American Communities Project. His focus is on the understanding of the socio-economic, cultural, and political forces that shape the United States.