Northwestern University

Wed 6:00 PM

‘The Media and the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention - Then and Now’ Part 4- “The Media Legacy of Chicago ‘68” (panel discussion)

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

Where: 303 E. Wacker 16th floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Stacy Simpson   847.467.2961

Group: Medill Events - All

Category: Lectures & Meetings


How well did established and counter-media do as “the first draft of history?” What is the media legacy of Chicago ’68, from social media to the alt-right? How do today’s movements for change organize within the Twitterverse? What has “objectivity” given way to? How (much) has the complexion of newsrooms changed? Can accuracy prevail amid accusations of tepidness, privilege and “fake news?”

Moderator and presenter

Rick Perlstein, author of several best-selling books including “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus” and “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.” Formerly national correspondent at the Washington Spectator and Village Voice, Perlstein also served as an online columnist for the New Republic, The Nation and Rolling Stone. He will discuss how the Convention structured a divided America and led to a journalism of “both-sides-ism” in modern mainstream media.


Charles Whitaker, associate dean, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University; former director, Academy for Alternative Journalism; editor, Ebony magazine; reporter, Miami Herald and deputy features editor, Louisville Times. Whitaker will look at how far we have and haven’t come in both the composition of the nation’s newsrooms and coverage of communities of color.

Charlene A. Carruthers, strategist, author and leading organizer in today’s black liberation movement. As the founding national director of the BYP100, she has built a national organization that is dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all black people. Major media outlets from the BBC and MSNBC to legacy black media institutions including Ebony and Essence magazines, have highlighted her work and perspective as a black queer feminist on current events and issues impacting marginalized communities. Carruthers will explore the role of media in mass actions and efforts for transformative change, and share effective ways for journalists to engage with social movements in ways to tell more complete stories. 

Don Rose, political consultant and award-winning blogger for the Chicago Daily Observer website; formerly co-publisher and editor, Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices. “A fighter for democracy in the Second City for more than 60 years,” according to The Nation, Rose campaigned for minority housing rights, co-organized a huge Chicago turnout for the 1963 March on Washington, was Martin Luther King’s press secretary during his Chicago campaign, organized around the convention as press secretary for the National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam and is credited with coining the phrase, “The whole world is watching.” Rose’s concluding presentation will describe how the convention helped change how media covers political and social action – then and now. 

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