“The Role of Public Media and PBS in American Election Coverage”
While the proliferation of cable news networks and on-line journalistic entities has provided a dizzying array of election information options, surveys have indicated that more American voters trust PBS than any other news source[i]. What is the role of Public Media and PBS in US campaign coverage? What differentiates it from commercial media? What are the criteria for relaying critical information that informs the national dialogue?
· Erik Nycklemoe, President and CEO, Mountain Lake PBS. Mr. Nycklemoe has over 25 years of experience in news and public media as well as a Masters in American Public Policy and Theology from Harvard University.
· Thom Hallock, producer and anchor of the weekly program Mountain Lake Journal. Mr. Hallock is an Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow award winner and an Emmy-nominated Host with over 25 years of journalistic experience.
- Welcome: Paul Terni (moderator of the course “PBS et al”)
- Two minutes on MLPBS’s presence in Montreal – Ronit (I will say a couple of words in English and French, it’s important that people see that I am a ‘local’ and their go-to person here in Montreal)
- 60 second video “Jason’s Story” - http://www.pbs.org/video/2085601002/
- Introduce Erik and Thom – Paul Terni or Juliet Wait, 2016-17 President of McGill Centre for Lifelong Learning
- Erik and Thom – presentation for 30 minutes
- Q+A – about 1 hour, moderated by Paul Terni