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Bloomberg, Harvard, USC Announce Candid Convention Conversations

August 20, 2012

Los Angeles — Top journalists and political strategists will
offer straightforward assessments of the campaigns and the press
and explore the role of media has in shaping the national
political discourse at public events during the national
political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte.

Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2012
Elections is hosted by Norman Pearlstine of Bloomberg, Geoffrey
Cowan of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy at the
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and Trey
Grayson of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s
John F. Kennedy School of Government.

These discussions are open to the press and the public. Limited
seating is available. Registration required. To RSVP, visit, email or call
213-337-3100. Viewers may also watch the events live online at

Sunday, August 26, 2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. The Bloomberg Link, 601 South Harbour Island –
2nd floor, Knightspointe at Harbour Island, Tampa Florida 33602.
Confirmed participants: Jill Abramson, executive editor, The New
York Times; Russ Schriefer, political and media strategist,
Romney for President; Charles Spies, founder & treasurer,
Restore Our Future; Al Hunt, Washington editor, Bloomberg News;
Dan Schnur, director, USC Unruh Institute of Politics and senior
fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership &

Monday, September 3
2:00 – 3:30 p.m, The Bloomberg Link, Epicentre – Level 3, 210
East Trade Street, Charlotte NC 28202.
Confirmed participants: Marcus Brauchli, executive editor, The
Washington Post; Matt Bai, chief political correspondent, The
New York Times Magazine; Olivia Ma, news and politics manager,
YouTube; Ben LaBolt, press secretary, Obama for America; Al
Hunt, Washington editor, Bloomberg News; Dan Schnur, director,
USC Unruh Institute of Politics and senior fellow, USC Annenberg
Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Hunt will serve as
program moderator.

The program will also include a presentation by Schnur on
results from the USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll on
Politics and the Press, which was conducted immediately
following the announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican
candidate for Vice President.

“Our job is to inform the public with facts about the critical
issues in this year’s U.S. elections,” said Norman Pearlstine,
chief content officer for Bloomberg LP. “By joining forces with
USC Annenberg and Harvard, we will have a substantive debate
about the role of the media in shaping political dialogue and
the importance of accurate, non-biased and precise reporting.”

“We are delighted to partner with Bloomberg and Harvard’s
Institute of Politics to bring together some of the field’s
brightest leaders for an insightful discussion on the ways the
press, including new media, are setting the tone for political
debate as the nation heads into a spirited general election
campaign,” said Geoffrey Cowan, USC Annenberg dean emeritus and
director of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

“The Institute of Politics is pleased to join Bloomberg and USC
Annenberg at our National Party Conventions in producing a frank
look at how traditional and new media define America’s political
discourse and continue to shape the 2012 election cycle,” said
Harvard’s Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson.

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Geoffrey Baum, USC Annenberg, 213-337-3100

Meghan Womack, Bloomberg, 212-617-8514

Esten Perez, Harvard Institute of Politics, 617-496-4009