This program will be conducted in English.
The 2016 presidential race is heating up, and Americans’ interest in the election has reached its highest point in any presidential campaign since 1988. Pew Center data shows that 85% of American voters are giving a lot of thought to this election, up from 71% in 2012. American voters also are more frustrated and angry than ever before, even though the economy has rebounded, employment has increased, and health care services are more accessible. Why is this?
In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, come and join us at the Beijing American Center to find out how two kinds of news media – watchdogs and lapdogs – are framing this presidential race. In every election, the media plays an important role to inform voters about the candidates, ask tough questions of the candidates, and investigate candidates’ backgrounds. This is called the “watchdog” role of the media. However, the media also has commercial pressures to attract viewers by focusing on flashy personalities and personal attacks between the candidates. How should the media address these commercial pressures while maintaining its duty to be objective? An American professor of Journalism and Mass Communications will discuss the media’s role in America’s electoral process.
This program is not suitable for children under 6.
NOTE: This event is open to the general public. Audio or video recording of the program will not be permitted. Press inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Embassy Press Office.
You must bring a valid photo ID in order to get into our Center. No large bags will be allowed into the Beijing American Center (BAC) for this event.
For security reasons, the BAC staff reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
Location: Jing Guang Center, Suite 2801, Hu Jia Lou, Chaoyang District.
Directions: Metro Line 10 or 6, Hu Jia Lou Exit D, walk south one block to the JingGuang Center.
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