Old Media, New Media: Political Communication in Transition

6th Annual Political Communication Preconference August 27, 2008

Cosponsored by the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Location: The Shorenstein Center, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


9:00 – 10:30 a.m SESSION I

Roundtable: Studying the New Media Environment: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges and Opportunities

Room NYE A Chairs: Michael Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania Bruce Williams, University of Virginia Participants: Geoffrey Baym, University of North Carolina, Greensboro Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, University of Delaware Markus Prior, Princeton University Kristina Riegert, Swedish National Defence College

Comparative Political Media

Room NYE B Chair: Stephen Farnsworth, George Mason University Media Coverage of Progress and Responsibility Fighting AIDS in Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa: A Community Structure Approach

  • John C. Pollock, The College of New Jersey
  • Paul D’Angelo, The College of New Jersey
  • Rowena Briones, The College of New Jersey
  • Danielle Catona, The College of New Jersey
  • Genevieve Faust, The College of New Jersey
  • Meghan Higgins, The College of New Jersey
  • Brian Keefe, The College of New Jersey
  • Dominique Sauro, The College of New Jersey

Political Communication Undermined: Corruption Within the Nigerian Press and the Challenges of New Media

  • Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Political Communication in Transition: How We Do It in Poland

  • Ewa Musialowska, University of Wroclaw, Poland and Technical University of Dresden, Germany

A Comparative Study on the Policy Development of Network Neutrality in the U.S. and Japan

  • Shoko Kiyohara, InfoCom Research, Inc., Japan and University of Tokyo

Political Engagement and the Media

Room NYE C Chair: Marion Just, Wellesley College What Role do the Media Play in Promoting or Inhibiting Political Engagement? Current Research, Problems, and Possible Solutions

  • Mirjam Gollmitzer, Simon Fraser University

Youth, Attitude Change, and New Media Use

  • Younei Soe, Indiana University
  • Erik Bucy, Indiana University

Sexual Orientation, the ‘Funnel of Causality,’ and the Origins of Civic Engagement

  • Patrick J. Egan, New York University
  • Kenneth Sherrill, Hunter College, CUNY

Political Video Games: An Emerging Political Communication Tool

  • Olivier Mauco, Sorbonne, Paris

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. SESSION II

Perspectives on New Media

Room NYE A Chair: Trevor Thrall, University of Michigan-Dearborn Lost in the Spider Web: Citizen Powerlessness in the New Media Information Era

  • Frank Louis Rusciano, Rider University
  • Yun Xia, Rider University

The Impact of Global Communications on National Identities.

  • Pippa Norris, Harvard University
  • Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan

Can Internet Promote Democracy?

  • Susana Salgado, University of Westminster, UK and Portuguese Foundation to Science and Technology

Political Consumerism Online and Offline: Coffee, Politics, and the Internet

  • Eleftheria Lekakis, University of London

Election Media

Room NYE B Chair: Tom Fiedler, Boston University Connecting the Dots for Voters—Can the Internet Close Traditional Communication Gaps?

  • Kajsa E. Dalrymple, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Candidate Website and Local Newspaper Coverage in the 2006 Senatorial Elections: Implications for 2008 and Beyond

  • Lindsay Neuberger, Michigan State University
  • Hillary Shulman, Michigan State University
  • Jennifer Maginnis, University of Kentucky

On Air and Online: Advertising in the 2008 Presidential Election

  • Sarah Snodgress, The Aspen Institute
  • Diana Owen, Georgetown University

Social Networking and Video-Sharing Media

Room NYE C Chair: Jeff Gulati, Bentley College “YouTube—You Ask—You Vote”: A New Era for Political Communication?

  • Anastasia Deligiaouri, Artistotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Facebooked: Groupthink in the Era of Computer Mediated Social Networking

  • Robert McKeever, Gonzaga University

Youth Engagement 2.0: The Role of Facebook on College Students’ Civic and Political Participation

  • Sebastián Valenzuela, Namsu Park
  • Kerk F. Kee, University of Texas at Austin

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Patterson, Harvard University News and Voters: Looking Back at the Primaries

2:15 – 3:34 p.m. SESSION III

Researching Political Media

Room NYE A Chair: Sunshine Hillygus, Harvard University Adolescence of a New Medium: The Long Term Impact of the Internet on Individual’s Political Communication 2001-2008

  • Martin Emmer, Ilmenau University of Technology
  • Gerhard Vowe, Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf
  • Jens Wolling, Ilmenau University of Technology

Debunking Cyber-Optimism?: Using Search Engine Technology to Test the Power of Online Activism

  • Paul Reilly, University of Glasgow

The Effect of Political Interviews on Attitudes Toward the Press: Evidence from Mixed Methods Research

  • Eran N. Ben-Porath, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael X. Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania

From Political ‘Surf’ to Political ‘Turf’: Developing Website Analysis to Discover How Online Engagement Translates Into Offline Action

  • Sarah Oates, University of Glasgow

News Media

Room NYE B Chair: Matthew Baum, Harvard University European News Coverage of U.S. Policy in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Stephen J. Farnsworth, George Mason University
  • S. Robert Lichter, George Mason University
  • Roland Schatz, Media Tenor, Bonn

Evaluating the Propaganda Model and the Indexing Hypothesis in Respect to U.S. Domestic News Coverage on Immigration

  • Andrew Kennis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Polling in the Press: The Effects of Consensus among Elected Officials and the Mobilization of Interest Groups

  • Jennifer Oats-Sargent, University of Illinois

Comparative Perspectives on the Internet and Elections

Room Taubman 275 Chair: Gadi Wolfsfeld, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Parties, Election Campaigning, and the Internet: A Comparative Institutional Approach

  • Nick Anstead, University of London
  • Andrew Chadwick, University of London

The 2007 French Presidential Election and the Internet: Still the Time of Old Media

  • Thierry Vedel, Sciences-po, Paris

Instant Assessments of the Impact and Dross of Election Campaigns: Advertising and News Agency ‘Copy’ as Artifacts of the Ephemera of U.S., Latin American and European (France and Britain) Election Campaigns, 2004-2008, in the Internet Age

  • Michael Palmer, University of the Sorbonne
  • Marie-Danielle Demelas, University of the Sorbonne

4 – 5:30 p.m. RECEPTION

Malkin Penthouse