2016 Insight Forum: Impact, Ethics, and Persuasion

Posted: October 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm, Last Updated: October 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Photos by Mimi Albano

Photos by Mimi Albano

Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland, and Mark McKinnon, co-creator of Showtime’s The Circus, both delivered keynote speeches at the Political & Policy Communication Forum on Tuesday, October 25th in Dewberry Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Communication’s Insight Committee, the annual forum’s focus this year was “impact, ethics, and the art of persuasion.”

Since we are in the final days of a heated presidential campaign, the forum’s speakers and panelists explored the topic of political communication with the goal of engaging students in a conversation about the credibility of presidential candidates, the challenges of fact-checking, false equivalencies in journalism, and the ways voters can empower themselves to make informed decisions despite the many distractions of this election cycle. The interactive forum provided future communicators with the necessary tools to succeed along their chosen career path.

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