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Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Newsroom Confidential—Inside the Media, Politics and Policy

Go inside the nation’s newsrooms as they cover the midterm elections and gear up for 2020. Guest speakers from political campaigns and advocacy groups will join reporters and editors from The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and BuzzFeed.

Is the media riddled with #fakenews or is the Trump Administration overreaching in its effort to control and influence the press? How do CNN and NPR, Fox News and the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and the Boston Globe decide what to report? How do politicians, the Koch Brothers and “the resistance” all try to influence what we read and watch—and how successful are they?

The midterm elections will throw the future of America’s agenda into sharp relief—not just who will control the House and the Senate but what to do about inequality, education, the environment, crime, the growth of cities like Boston, women’s rights, discrimination, and the #metoo movement. Is compromise possible on immigration? In the Middle East? How should the U.S. respond to the rise of China, and the threat of North Korea?

Led by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism Jonathan Kaufman and Dukakis Center head Theodore Landsmark, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom will feature top editors and reporters from around the country as well as advocates and expert professors giving an inside view of these increasingly turbulent times.

Confirmed media speakers include top editors and reporters from the Boston Globe, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, CNN, and WBUR. Topics will include:

  • The changing media landscape and what it means for politics,
  • The battle over immigration
  • Trump vs. the Courts
  • Lessons from the fight for LGBTQ rights
  • The Middle East and American Foreign Policy
  • Race, Class and Affirmative Action: Where are we headed?
  • Midterm Election Preview: Blue Wave or a Red Wall?
  • Welcoming our Robot Overlords? Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and Humanics
  • After the #METOO Earthquake
  • Reporting and Battling Climate Change
  • The Future of Investigative Reporting
  • The Rise of China: Conflicts Ahead
  • Breaking out of the Bubble: What Liberals need to know about Conservatives and Conservatives need to know about Liberals

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Renaissance_Park, 310
1135 Tremont Street

Event Type



College of Arts, Media & Design, CSSH, The School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Master Calendar







Sponsoring Organization

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and School of Journalism

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