by XU Communications Group

The US Embassy in Manila and the Development Communication Department of Xavier University will host a talk on “Covering Campaigns: Debates and Beyond” with Dr Alan Schroeder, a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work as producer at Boston’s WBZ-TV, on January 27, Wednesday, 1:45-3:15PM at the XU American Corner, Old Library.

Schroeder is a professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, where he teaches primarily in the area of journalism. In 2012, he was named among “The Best 300 Professors” by The Princeton Review.

He has written about a variety of media-related topics for different outlets such as the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Politico, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and the Guardian.

He has also authored several books, namely, Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV (Columbia University Press, 2008), Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (Westview Press, 2004) and Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (Oxford University Press, 2008), among others.

Schroeder’s work in media and politics extends internationally. He has lectured about the global phenomenon of televised debates in Spain, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Peru, and has testified before the British Parliament about debate structure and sponsorship. He has also trained television reporters and producers in the South Pacific and addressed journalists from China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and various countries in Latin America.

His pre-academic career included stints as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat. He was also the associate producer and presenter of an internationally televised travel documentary titled America with the Top Down about a road trip through the central United States that began at the Canadian border and ended at the Mexican border.

Schroeder will address questions on how to cover the forthcoming local and presidential elections responsibly, and how to be better informed as voters.

photo courtesy of the School of Journalism, Northeastern University

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