College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Greenlee Futures Forum

October 21, 2011 -
11:00am to 2:30pm

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union

Greenlee's Futures Forum is the school's bi-annual internship, career and networking event. This semester the forum will include events that focus on political journalism, communication and advertising, and will feature local, state and national journalists, communicators and political experts.

The sessions will provide valuable information about presidential campaign advertising and communication and the evolving political media landscape. These events also provide students with information about internships and careers in political journalism, communication and advertising. Students will also have time to network with panelists and alumni that attend the event. Please find detailed information about sessions and panelists below. All sessions are free and open to students.

11 a.m.: Horse Race Journalism: Polls, Politics, Policy and Political Advertising

News coverage, political communication and advertising play important roles in the constantly changing landscape of public opinion during a campaign cycle. Panelists will examine how story telling, truth meters, fact checks and persuasion techniques frame political issues and candidate’s positions.

Participants: Matt Strawn, The Republican Party of Iowa; Sue Dvorsky, Iowa Democratic Party; Ann Selzer, Selzer & Company, a public opinion research firm; and Mike Glover, The Associated Press.

12:15 p.m.: Working in Political Journalism and Communication: Your Career Starts Here

Iowa’s first in the nation status in the presidential nomination process and its grassroots style of political involvement make it a great place to begin a career in political journalism and communication. Panelists will discuss internships and careers in political reporting, public affairs, political organization, public information, political advertising and opportunities for advancement.

Participants: Scott Stanzel, former assistant press secretary, The White House; Beth Pellet Levine, spokesperson, Senator Charles Grassley; and others.

1:30 p.m.: New Media and Politics: The Sphere of Influence

The new media revolution has affected the way news outlets report information and the way political campaigns communicate with voters. It has also given citizens a new opportunity to engage with reporters and campaigns through social media. Panelists will explore changes in the reporting, communication and consumption of political news and information.

Participants: Craig Robinson, The Iowa Republican; Todd Richissin,; Shane Vanderhart,; and Tyler Kingkade, The Huffington Post.