Thursday 3 May

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Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States came as something of a surprise—to many analysts, journalists, and voters.  What happened? And what role did the news and social media play in the election?

To discuss this and more, we are joined by contributors to the anthology Trump and the Media in which journalism and technology experts grapple with these questions in a series of short, thought-provoking essays.


Pablo J. Boczkowski is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina — a joint initiative between Northwestern University and Universidad de San Andrés.  His research program examines the transition from print to digital culture.

Christopher Anderson is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and member of the board of advisors at the Tow Center, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He studies the manner in which journalism acts as a producer of “public knowledge,” both historically and in the 21st century, as well as the manner by which technological, economic, political, and cultural changes are shaping the news industry.

Gina Neff is Professor and a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. She studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work.

Chair: Charlie Beckett  is the founding director of Polis, the think-tank for research and debate around international journalism and director of the Media Policy Project and the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission (T3). Charlie Beckett is the author of ‘SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World’ (Blackwell, 2008) and ‘WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era’ (Polity, 2012)