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July 26, 2000 Contacts:
Brian Faith, The Widmeyer-Baker Group, 202/667-0901
Nancy Palmer, The Shorenstein Center, 617/495-8714
Jesus Mena, The Kennedy School, 617/495-9378

Shorenstein Center To Host Panel On Convention Television Coverage
Philadelphia City Hall Sunday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m.

Network Anchors and Executives, National Party Chairs Featured; New Survey Data to be Released

Convention Report: Is There a Future for On-the-Air Televised Conventions? Transcript of Panel Discussion

Much debate has emerged this year about the newsworthiness of the national political conventions and the amount of air time television is dedicating to covering them. On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy will convene a panel of prominent journalists, news executives and party leaders on Sunday, July 30 to discuss the future of on-air televised conventions and release new survey data and research on what Americans want to see at the conventions.

Led by moderator Marvin Kalb, Executive Director of the Center's Washington office, and Center director Alex S. Jones, panelists will explore the broadcast media's decision to reduce coverage, their role this year, and what diminishing coverage means for our democracy. Panelists will include NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, CBS News president Andrew Heyward, CNN Anchor and Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff, ABC News Nightline Correspondent Chris Bury, Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, and Democratic National Committee general chair Ed Rendell.

In addition, the latest research by the Center's Vanishing Voter Project will be released and reveal new information about what the public wants to see at the conventions. Since early November, the Vanishing Voter Project has been conducting weekly surveys to assess public involvement in the 2000 campaign, including its interest in and attention to key events such as the conventions.

The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy is a research center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government dedicated to exploring the intersection of these three areas. The event is co-hosted by philanthropist Walter H. Shorenstein.

When and Where:
Sunday, July 30. Brunch begins at 11:00 a.m.; the panel begins at Noon. Mayor's Reception Room 202, Philadelphia City Hall, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA.

Center Director Alex S. Jones and other Shorenstein Center experts are available before, during and after the convention to discuss these important topics. Tom Patterson, Co-Director of the Vanishing Voter Project, will also be available to discuss public response to the conventions. To RSVP, for more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Brian Faith at 202-667-0901.

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