Iowa Press before live audience at Drake University

The Media, the Constitution and the 2016 Race: A Post-Election Panel, November 17

Johnston, IA – Campaign strategists and seasoned political media will join academics on the Drake University campus to reflect on the 2016 election cycle Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.  Iowa Public Television invites the public to attend this special recording of Iowa Press before a live audience.

The Media, the Constitution, and the 2016 Race: A Post Election Panel is presented in collaboration with The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement and will feature opening remarks from Flansburg Fellow Dennis Goldford with introduction by Harkin Institute executive director Joseph Jones.

Goldford’s research examines modern media’s impact on America as the “extended republic” described in the U.S. Constitution. He will focus on the way TV, talk radio and the internet appeal to consumers’ emotions while often focusing on only one point of view, thus guiding the American people away from the reasoned deliberation intended by our Constitution’s authors. This brief presentation will precede a roundtable discussion moderated by
Iowa Press host Dean Borg. Following the panel’s conversation, audience members in Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium may ask questions of the expert panel.

To reserve a free ticket to attend this recording of Iowa Press, visit

Iowa Press program support provided by: Associated General Contractors of Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Communications Network and Iowa Council of Foundations.

For more information, please contact Susan Ramsey at IPTV, 515.725.9703, or learn more at  You may also contact Erin Austin, Communications Strategist at The Harkin Institute: 515.271.3592 or

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception and more can be found at

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement informs citizens, inspires creative cooperation, and catalyzes change on issues of social justice, fairness, and opportunity. Founded on the premise that good public policy is best achieved when policymakers have access to high-quality information, political processes are open and well-understood, and citizens are informed and active participants, The Harkin Institute offers programming, experiences, research, and connectivity focused on the areas that defined Senator Harkin’s (Retired) career: people with disabilities, retirement security, wellness and nutrition, and labor and employment.

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