The NC Institute of Political Leadership and
The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invite you to

A Half-Day Conference on Politics and the Internet

With Our Special Guests

Noted Political Strategists, Journalists, and Bloggers

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Spinning the Web: Politics in the Internet Age

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Saturday, September 08, 2007
8:30 a.m.

Research Triangle Park Hilton, 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham, North Carolina 27703

Price: $25

Candidates for next year’s presidential nominations have already raised tens of millions of dollars on the web. And the number of voters who say they get most of their news from the Internet has doubled since the last election cycle. There’s a revolution underway in American politics – and North Carolina is no exception. How are blogs affecting the political conversation? What opportunities and challenges do the new technologies present to the mainstream news media? How are Democratic and Republican campaign strategists adapting? You’ll find answers to these and other questions at “Spinning the Web: Politics in the Internet Age,” a conference to be held on Saturday, Sept 8 at the Hilton-Research Triangle Park and co-hosted by the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership and the John Locke Foundation.

8:00a - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30a - Opening Remarks
Robin Dorff, director of the NC Institute of Political Leadership.

8:45a — Panel 1: The New Online Campaign
Jon Henke, Online Brand Manager, New Media Strategies
Zephyr Teachout, Duke Law School, formerly with the Howard Dean campaign
George Taylor, director of Elon University’s Institute for Politics and Public Affairs

10:15a — Break

10:30a — Panel 2: Web Tools for Political Reporting
Mark Binker, Raleigh correspondent, Greensboro News & Record
Laura Leslie, Capitol Reporter, WUNC-FM
Ryan Thornburg, Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications, former managing editor,

12p — Lunch

1p — Panel 3: Blogs and the Political Conversation
Ed Cone, blogger, journalist, and columnist for Greensboro News & Record
Mary Katharine Ham, blogger and managing editor at
Ryan Teague Beckwith, reporter and “Under the Dome” moderator, Raleigh News & Observer

2:30p - Conference Adjourns

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