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Announcing the 2012 Election Brown-Bag Briefing Series

March 21, 2012


Announcing the 2012 Election Brown-Bag Briefing Series

To help provide context and depth to your coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, the FPC is organizing an “Election Brown-Bag Series” of briefings.  These intimate discussions with political practitioners and observers will give you the background information you need to explain to your audience how and why Americans will make their choices in the fall.  Dates and times are to be confirmed, but the series will include briefings on the following topics:


·        Political Impact of Latino/Hispanic Demographics

·        Youth in Politics

·        Religion and the 2012 Elections

·        Impact of Social Media in Modern Campaigns

·        Independent Voters: The Key Constituency

·        Women in Politics

·        Voter Identification and Registration in Campaign Strategy

·        Swing States in the General Election

The first event in this series, “The Role of Media in U.S. Elections,” will be held Friday, March 23, at 1:00PM.  Please see details on this program and RSVP instructions below.


Washington Foreign Press Center

U.S. Department of State

WHAT:                       Washington Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing


TOPIC:                       The Role of Media in U.S. Elections


BRIEFER:                  David Mark, Senior Editor, POLITICO


WHEN:                       Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.


WHERE:                     National Press Building, 529 14th street NW, Suite 800


RSVP:                         Journalists interested in attending this briefing should RSVP to Miriam Rider at                      


It would be hard to overestimate the importance of mass media in the U.S. electoral process. National television networks reach 99 percent of all American homes, making contact across the entire socioeconomic spectrum. Cable news stations, radio and television talk shows, newspapers, news magazines and Internet sites all provide voters with information about the candidates. The content and emphasis of their coverage are among the most powerful factors in determining how voters perceive the candidates and the issues.



Foreign Media Only