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CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard are pleased to announce the 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference for reporters covering the next presidential election. The conference will take place at Google headquarters in Chicago April 11-12, 2019.

The conference will focus on key elements of the upcoming presidential race, while examining how a more forward-looking, responsive type of coverage can better serve voters and adapt to fast-changing narratives. Above all else, the conference strives to be as user-friendly for reporters as possible, equipping them with practical tools and tips to cover the campaign ahead.

Confirmed panelists include

  • Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post
  • Ben Smith of BuzzFeed
  • Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report
  • Sam Feist of CNN
  • Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics
  • Jonathan Martin of The New York Times
  • Mike Baselice, former Donald Trump campaign pollster
  • Joel Benenson, former Hillary Clinton campaign pollster
  • Alex Conant, former Marco Rubio campaign communications director
  • Jane Coaston of Vox

More panelists will be announced soon.

The conference is free to attend and open to journalists from all platforms, but registration is required and space is limited. Journalists whose news outlets are not able to pay travel costs can apply for a travel stipend. The deadline to register for the conference – and apply for the stipend, if needed – is Friday, March 15.

More information, including all confirmed panelists and RSVP information, can be found on the conference website.

The conference is made possible by the generous support of Google, The Joyce Foundation, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

  • Date: Thursday, April 11 – Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Location: Google HQ, 320 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607 | map
  • Time: Thursday, April 11, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. CT ; Friday, April 12, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CT (including meals and drinks)
  • Lodging: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 764-1919)
    *Mention Campaign Journalism Conference for block rate of $229/night*
  • Register: Registration deadline is March 15, 2019
  • Contact: Matthew Jaffe, Director of Communications at the Institute of Politics,, (773) 834-3605

About the University of Chicago Institute of Politics

The nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago is an extracurricular program designed to ignite in young people a passion for politics and public service. In the past six years, the IOP has welcomed over 1,200 guests to campus as part of its Speaker Series, hosted 113 Fellows as part of its resident and visiting Pritzker Fellows Program, supported over 1,200 fully-funded student internships around the world, and helped over 800 students participate in student-led civic engagement projects.

About the Nieman Foundation for Journalism

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.

About Google News

Google News helps users stay up-to-date on the news that matters to them and the world, enabling them to dive deeper into current events as well as discover diverse content from a range of different publishers. Users can subscribe to specific news providers and topics, read content online or offline, and bookmark and share articles.

About The Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation is a nonpartisan private foundation that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. Joyce supports policy research, development, and advocacy in five areas: Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, Democracy, and Culture. Joyce focuses its grant making in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and partners with funders to explore promising policy solutions in other states or at the federal level.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation works with communities in Chicagoland and across Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens. The foundation’s aim is to assist communities, to strengthen democracy, and help ensure that all families and children have the opportunities they need to flourish.