PULLMAN – A symposium on how the media shape civil discourse in poltics will be presented 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, in Smith CUE 202. It is sponsored by the WSU Foley Institute and the Edward R. Murrow College of Cummunication.
 
Recent events, such as the tea party protests and demonstrations against the Iraq invasion, have been seen by some as uncivil. Do television, radio, the internet and print media simply portray incivility or do they also play a role in encouraging its growth?
 
A distinguished panel  will discuss the implications of the media on political discourse.
 
The panel will include Erica Austin, communicationprofessor; David Domke, professor and chair of the University of Washington Department of Communication; political reporter for Northwest News Network and National Public Radio Austin Jenkins; and Dietram A. Scheufele, the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.