August 25, 2008, Denver–Patricia Williams will speak on panel “Bias, Punditry and the Press: Where Do We Go From Here?”

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Tristin Aaron, Media Director, The Women's Media Center, (212) 563-0680,

Elizabeth Hines, Communications Director, The White House Project, (212)

 The White House Project, The Women's Media Center and The Maynard Institute for
Journalism Education Present:

"From Soundbites to Solutions: Bias, Punditry and the Press in the 2008

A Panel at the Democratic National Convention, August 26, 2008

 (Denver, CO) - The White House Project, The Women's Media
Center and The Maynard Institute are pleased to host a dynamic group of
journalists, political observers and academics as they discuss the impact of
race, gender, class and age on the 2008 election at the DNC in Denver. "From
Soundbites to Solutions: Bias, Punditry and the Press in the 2008 Election,"
will provide analysis of media bias in the primary election and brainstorm new
strategies for journalists.  The forum will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 3
p.m. to 5 p.m. at Starz Green Room ( (within the
Democratic Convention Complex, Denver, CO.)

 The Denver event will bring together national political observers and media
professionals, including:

-          Moderator:  Michel Martin, Host of NPR's Tell Me More

-          Bonnie Erbe, Host of PBS' To The Contrary and Contributing Editor for
U.S. News and World Report

-          Maria Teresa Petersen, Founding Executive Director, Voto Latino and
MSNBC Commentator

-          Richard Prince , Blogger for the Maynard Institute's "Journal-isms,"
Editor of Black College Wire, Copy Editor, Washington Post

-          Jamal Simmons, CNN Political Analyst

-          Rebecca Traister, Senior Writer for

-          Patricia J. Williams, Columnist, The Nation, and Professor of Law,
Columbia University

The panel is the second in a series of discussion which began at NYC's Paley
Center on June 17, 2008, and featured guests including Christiane Amanpour, Juan
Gonzalez, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dr. Ron Walters, Patricia Williams and others.
To document the conclusions of the original "Soundbites" panel, The White House
Project, The Women's Media Center and The Maynard Institute will release a
report on August 25, 2008. Entitled "Bias, Punditry and the Press: Where Do We
Go From Here?,"  the report is a compilation of the moderator and panelist
comments,  information from audience polls, and analysis of primary coverage.
"Bias, Punditry and the Press: Where Do We Go From Here?" also offers extensive
solutions for combating media bias, designed for journalists and media

"The media plays an essential role in our democracy, both providing information
and shaping the conversation about who we are as individuals and as a nation,"
added Carol Jenkins, president of The Women's Media Center. "But this election
has raised questions about how the press is fulfilling its role as the great
public educator, and whether more should be done to ensure that the images we
see in the media are both accurate and representative."

"This election has presented not just a challenge, but an opportunity for our
country to meaningfully address the issues that have for too long kept us
apart," said Marie Wilson, president of The White House Project. "Voters,
candidates, political parties and the media are being called upon to address the
ways that race, gender, age and class shape our political system; the mixed
results we've seen throughout the primary season indicate that its time to
develop solutions for better communication as we head into the general election.
This forum is an opportunity to do just that."

"At The Maynard Institute, we believe the fault lines of race, class, gender,
generation and geography are the prisms through which we see ourselves, each
other and events around us," said Dori J. Maynard, president of The Maynard
Institute for Journalism Education. "They are the most enduring forces shaping
lives, experiences and social tensions in this country. It's our responsibility
as media professionals and consumers to help our fellow citizens learn to better
communicate across the fault lines."

The event is free of charge and open to the press and the public credentialed
for entrance to the Convention. Space is limited, so attendees are required to
register prior to the event at ( Media
should RSVP to the contacts listed above to reserve space in the auditorium.



The White House Project (WHP), a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit
organization, 501(c)(3), aims to advance women's leadership in all communities
and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. By filling the leadership pipeline with
a richly diverse, critical mass of women, WHP makes makes American institutions,
businesses and government truly representative. Through multi-platform programs,
The White House Project creates a culture where America's most valuable untapped
resource-women-can succeed in all realms.

The Women's Media Center (WMC) works to make women visible and powerful in the
media. From its founding in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem
to its advocacy and media relations work today, The Women's Media Center is part
of a strong feminist tradition that seeks to hold the media accountable for
presenting the world as we know it. Its mission is to ensure that women and
women's experiences are reflected in the media just as women are present
everywhere in the real world; that women are represented as local, national, and
global sources for and subjects of the media; and that women media professionals
have equal opportunities for employment and advancement For more information,
please visit

For more than 30 years, the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
(MIJE) has helped the nation's news media reflect America's diversity in
staffing, content and business operations. Through its professional development
programs, the Institute prepares multi-cultural, multi-media managers for
careers in both business- and news-sides of the journalism industry. The
Institute has a history of training and placing more nonwhite journalists than
any other single institution in the country. Incorporated in 1977 as the
Institute for Journalism Education, the Oakland-based nonprofit organization was
renamed in 1993 to honor the late co-founder Robert C. Maynard,
( the former Washington Post journalist who
went on to become the owner, publisher and editor of the Oakland Tribune. 

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