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SOC hosts “Media and the White House” Webinar

SOC hosts “Media and the White House” Webinar

Top row: Jill Geisler, Bill Plante, Eric Hansen. Middle row: Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Kenya Young, Wayne Magdziarz. Bottom row: Mizell Stewart, Loyola President Jo Anne Rooney.

September 30, 2020

The School of Communication was front and center as Loyola began a new series of community webinars, “Together in Loyola.” 

The first program was “The Media and the White House” on September 21. It was moderated by the SoC’s Jill Geisler and featured:

  • Jill Geisler, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola
  • Bill Plante, retired CBS White House correspondent and Loyola alum.
  • Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Campaign finance reporter for the Washington Post
  • Kenya Young, Executive Producer of NPR’s Morning Editon
  • Mizell Stewart, News executive for Gannett and the USA Today network

The experts covered a wide range of topics, including the influence of the pandemic on the campaign, the challenge of fact-checking, the impact of campaign finance on national and state races, trust in the media and safety of journalists who have faced physical and racial attacks, and a look ahead to the potential post-election relationship between media and the winner of the presidential election.  

Jill Geisler, the SoC’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, said it was a special thrill to debrief the legendary CBS correspondent for whom her chair is named, and to recruit the top media leaders for the conversation. “These journalists, as busy as they are today, took time to describe the important work of journalism in democracy. They provided in window into how the best organizations work to build credibility and open their reporting process to scrutiny."

Top row: Jill Geisler, Bill Plante, Eric Hansen. Middle row: Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Kenya Young, Wayne Magdziarz. Bottom row: Mizell Stewart, Loyola President Jo Anne Rooney.