For Immediate Release


Maggie Duncan (202) 263-1332

League of Women Voters

League Examines Media's Influence on American Politics, Voters

Event Features Presentations by Celinda Lake and Lee Rainie

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, October 23, the League of Women Voters will
sponsor a pre-election conversation, "Examining the Influence of
the Media (Traditional and New) on America's Political Dialogue and Debate."   Speaking
at the event will be two highly respected individuals who will discuss
the impact and role of the media on our nation's political
dialogue and American voters.


Moderator:      Mary G. Wilson, President, League of Women Voters of the


Celinda Lake,
Research Partners


Lee Rainie, Founding Director, PEW Internet &
American Life Project


WHAT:          Panel presentations and audience Q&A on the media's
influence within America's political dialogue and debate.

 13th Floor,

National Press


Street, NW   


Washington, DC


4:00-6:00 PM


October 23,


Program begins at 4:00 PM in the First Amendment Lounge


Reception to follow at 5:00
PM in Murrow & White Reception



An insightful and interesting hour-long conversation
addressing these questions and more:   How does the media influence

voters' understanding of the American political
system?  Have there been changes over
time?  Are there differences between the
impact of traditional and new media within our
society?   How do voters feel about the
role of the media?



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