The Press and the Pressure: Political Journalism in 2017

Lecture Series

October 24, 2017


Assembly Hall

140 characters, tight budgets, and a “fake news” branding defines political journalism in 2017. Twitter has accelerated the news cycle and created a demand for real-time responses. The cost of business has forced media outlets to consolidate resources in large cities – often at the expense of on-the-ground reporting from state capitals. Meanwhile, a nationwide trend toward distrust of media outlets, sometimes expressed in outright hostility toward reporters, has further complicated the relationship between the press and the public.


Join the Global Voices Lecture Series and the Institute of Politics as we welcome four distinguished journalists for a discussion on political journalism in 2017.


John Dickerson, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

Karen Tumulty, IOP Resident Fellow, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

Dan Balz, Chief Washington Correspondent, The Washington Post

David Maraniss, Associate Editor, The Washington Post


This event is dedicated to the memory of David S. Broder, a titan of journalism whose career began at the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a master’s in 1951. Known for his ability to cut through the noise of punditry and spin, Broder framed his campaign coverage by looking beyond the political machine, turning public attention to voters whose voices might otherwise be drowned out. His columns on the Watergate scandal, written in the familiar, professorial style that inspired his nickname “Dean of the Press Corps,” earned him the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He passed away in 2011, having established a legacy of integrity and professionalism. The IOP is proud to know the Broder family as both benefactors and friends.


This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

David S. Broder