Elections - R - U Series Wraps Up With A Look At The Media

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/21/2008

Join Deschutes Public Library as the series Elections-R-Us: Where We Were – Where We Are wraps up with two presentations by University of Oregon Professor of Communications. The programs are free and open to the public.

Stavitsky first stops at the Bend Public Library. He will present “Digital Politics: How New Media Have Changed Presidential Campaigns.” The program begins at 11:30 am. During the program Stavitsky will take a look at the profound change that the Internet has brought to presidential politics and provides an overview of the changing digital landscape.

His second presentation, “Covering Campaign 2008: A Report Card for the Press,” will be held at the Sisters Public Library and starts at 3:00 pm. This presentation will provide an overview of current issues in political journalism and assess how well journalists are covering the presidential race. He will examine various aspects of presidential election coverage including hyping candidates who quickly faded, to claims of sexism in reporting.

Al Stavitsky, Ph.d, is professor of Communications and associate Dean at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Stavitsky has published in numerous academic journals and is the author and co-author of books on public radio journalism and public broadcasting history, including Independence and Integrity: A Guidebook for Public Radio Journalism and A History of Public Broadcasting. He has worked in television as a news director, anchor and investigative reporter and in radio as a talk show host and sportscaster. After nearly 11 years as Associate Dean for the SOJC, Stavitsky heads north as director of the University of Oregon’s newly established George S. Turnbull Center in Portland.

For more information about this or other library programs please visit the library web site at or call 312-1032. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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