Nieman Conference

Media, Technologies and Politics

Discussion on social media, new media and politics from ethical, historical, legal, cultural and critical perspectives. Event will take place in the Raynor Conference Center unless otherwise noted. Please contact Julie Rosene at for more information or if you wish to attend.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 15, 2012

8:30-9 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

9-10:30 a.m. Research session one: Considering New Technologies
Richard Popp, UW Milwaukee, “News Clippings, Clerical Technology, and Business Power in the Age of Incorporation”
Michael Newman, UW Milwaukee, “Play TV: Early Video Games in the Home”
Stephen Ward, UW Madison, “Media Ethics on the Digital Frontier”
Moderator: Angela Swenson

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Research session two: Media and Politics
Jeffery Smith, UW Milwaukee, “Social Justice and Political Communication, 1912 and 2012”
Kati Berg, Marquette, “Evaluating the role of Twitter in the 2012 Presidential Campaign”
Sumana Chattopadhyay, Marquette, “Issue Adaptation of Gubernatorial Television Ads to Primary and General Audiences”
Moderator: Patrick Johnson

12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch and speaker: Alicia Shepard “Journalism in the Digital Age”
Introduction by Dean Lori Bergen

2-3:30 p.m. Research session three: Communication, Policy, and Politics
Sandra Braman, UW Milwaukee, “Blurring the Line: The Politics of Autonomous Networks and the Law”
Steven Goldzwig, Marquette, “Keeping a Civil Tongue: Some Historical and Cultural Reflections on the Politics of Division in the United States”
Dhavan Shah, UW Madison, “Sources of Misperception and Misinformation: Cues, Conversation, Composition, and Cognition”
Moderator: Robert Griffin

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-4:45 p.m. Roundtable discussion: Social Media and Ethics
Moderator: Herbert Lowe
Gee Ekachai, Marquette
Scott D’Urso, Marquette
Erik Ugland, Marquette
Patrick Johnson, Marquette
Kati Berg, Marquette
Lei Jia, UW Milwaukee

5-7 p.m. Reception and dinner
(Diederich College of Communication jPad Student Lounge, Johnston Hall 104)


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

8:30-9 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

9-10:30 a.m. Research session four: Media and Law
David Allen, UW Milwaukee, “From Property to Place: Grenville Clark, the American Bar Association, and the Social Value of Dissent”
Ana Garner, Marquette, “Press Coverage of Birth Control”
Hemant Shah, UW Madison, “AZ’s Anti-ethnic Studies Law”
Moderator: Erik Ugland

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Research session five: Gender and Media
Steve Byers, Marquette, “Hasn’t Media Always Been Social?”
Elana Levine, UW Milwaukee, “What Should Women Watch? Compulsory Productivity and the End of Soap Opera”
Pamela Hill Nettleton, Marquette, “From Boys’ Clubs to Wedding Chapels: Bromances and Hetero Male Marriage on Television”
Moderator: Ana Garner

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 -2:45 p.m. Research session six: History and Media
Katy Culver, UW Madison, “Justice in 140 Characters: Emerging Approaches to Social Media in the Courts”
Karen Slattery, Marquette, “Reporting US Atrocities in Wartime: The American Journalist's Dilemma”
William Thorn, Marquette, “In Defense of Talk Radio: Multiple and Contentious News Voices 1775-1918”
Moderator: Arthur Thomas

2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4 p.m. Roundtable New Media and Politics
Moderator: Bonnie Brennen
Panelists: (Marquette University)
Joyce Wolburg
Chioma Ugochukwu
Arthur Thomas
Hang Lu
Herbert Lowe