Distorted Images, Uneven Policies: How the Media Shape Public Policy Outcomes

Date: 4/26/2011
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

From the newly passed Arizona immigration law to TANF reauthorization, media representations of groups and individuals can have a powerful impact on public policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. These images and narratives that the media-at-large shape and disseminate bear tremendous weight on public opinion and how policymakers respond to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Support for social policies for low-income and marginalized communities can be especially sensitive to the language, images and tone employed by the media.

Join national experts as they discuss the media’s influence in shaping public perceptions of poverty, immigration and other pressing social issues. They will also explore the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect in media constructions of the poor as well as ways to use the media to generate support for inclusive public policies.

Andrew Grant-Thomas, PhD, Deputy Director, Kirwan Institute
Janine Jackson, Program Director, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Peter Parisi, PhD, Film and Media Department Program Head, Hunter College
Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Applied Research Center

C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner