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The University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard are pleased to announce a joint conference for journalists reporting on the 2016 presidential election.

The conference will take place in Chicago May 8-9, 2015. It is made possible with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

To take a deeper look at how technology and money are changing elections, and explore other key elements of the 2016 presidential race, this conference will convene some of the nation’s top political strategists, party leaders, and campaign consultants – and the journalists who cover them. Discussions will explore topics such as the changes in the 2016 party nomination process, the latest advancements in voter targeting, and how journalists can follow the record-setting amounts of money flowing into the race.

Over the two days, the event will provide access, background, context, and training for political reporters, editors, and producers aiming to get beyond the horse race and produce insightful, impactful coverage of the election.

Confirmed panelists include NBC News’s Chuck Todd, RNC chair Reince Priebus, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin, strategists Steve Schmidt, Stephanie Cutter, and Kevin Madden, CBS News’s Julianna Goldman, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, and many more.

The conference is free to attend and open to journalists from all platforms, but registration is required and space is limited. Journalists whose news organizations are not able to pay travel costs can apply for a travel stipend. Interested journalists must submit an application to attend the conference and/or receive financial assistance before Friday, April 10 and will be notified about the status of their application by Friday, April 17.

More information, including all confirmed panelists and RSVP information, can be found at

2016 Campaign Journalism Conference
Friday, May 8 – Saturday May 9, 2015
Friday: Google Chicago, 20 W. Kinzie, Chicago, 60654
Saturday: WBEZ, 848 E. Grand, Navy Pier, Chicago, 60611
Friday: 9:00 a.m. CT – 8:00 p.m. (including dinner)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. CT – 4:30 p.m.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60611 (phone: 312-944-4100)
* mention conference for special block rate of $200/night *
Matthew Jaffe, IOP Communications Director (phone: 773-834-3605)
About the Institute of Politics

The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago was founded and is led by former White House senior advisor and Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod (AB ’76). The non-partisan Institute of Politics (IOP) formally launched in January 2013 to strengthen American politics and cultivate a new generation of political and public service leaders. The IOP seeks to do this through three principal means: 1) public lectures and panel discussions; 2) a program for visiting fellows; and 3) student internships and civic engagement opportunities. More information can be found at

About the Nieman Foundation

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard houses a dynamic set of initiatives to promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate and support those poised to make important contributions to its future. Nieman does this through fellowship programs, online and print publications, and programming that convenes some of the leading thinkers of our time. More information can be found at

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