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Common Ground: Local News & Political Coverage | February 8

As political polarization heightened tensions across the country, local news outlets have reached new levels of relevance and importance. In an effort to understand how coverage of national political conversations has impacted civility and common ground politics at the local level, Dr. Josh Darr embarked on a project to analyze what happens when newsrooms shift coverage of politics from the national lens to solely local issues. As national politics continue to divide, how can news organizations collaborate with researchers studying the polarizing effects that national coverage enhances and begin to analyze their content to better feature issues directly impacting their communities? Join the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs as we host Dr. Darr and a panel of experts and practitioners for a roundtable discussion about the future of local news and political coverage. 


  • Josh Darr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Moderator
  • Sarabeth Berman, CEO, American Journalism Project
  • Dan Kennedy, Professor, School of Journalism, Northeastern University
  • Jessica Mahone, Ph.D., Research Director, Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

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