Institute of Politics

Lori Lightfoot | The Media: Love 'Em, Hate 'Em, Can't Do Without 'Em

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  • Location
    5707 S Woodlawn Ave, ,
    Apr 03, 2024
    3:30pm – 4:45pm CST
  • Program Pritzker Fellows Seminars

IOP Fellow Lori Lightfoot on "The Media: Love 'Em (Nah), Hate 'Em (Mostly), Can't Do Without 'Em (Sad, But True)" THIS SEMINAR IS OPEN TO CURRENT UCHICAGO STUDENTS ONLY Wednesday, April 3 3:30-4:45pm A vibrant media is essential to our democracy. Period. There are many historical references which underscore this point. A free and independent press is what separates democracies from dictatorships and authoritarian regimes and is a defining pillar of our participatory democracy. We will also probe the current media landscape and make the case that while the Fourth Estate may be failing, it can be resurrected. We will also explore how “the media” can and must be part of the solution to bring our democracy back together. Also, we will discuss strategies on how to be the producer of your own content and brand in order to break through the noise of social media and the “clickbait, if it bleeds it leads” business model of today’s media. Special Guests: Mark Konkol; Journalist and documentary producer, Lynn Sweet; Columnist & Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and IOP Pritzker Fellow Pritzker Fellows seminars are off the record and open to current UChicago students only. Seating in the IOP Living Room is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Sarah Palmisciano (

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