2019 Summit Schedule

2019 Greenlee Summit: Communications and Civility in Our Democracy – Tentative Agenda


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Great Hall, Iowa State University Memorial Union
*Thursday’s Keynote is Free and Open to the Public

7:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

S.E Cupp, political television commentator, conservative culture critic and author


Friday, September 6, 2019

Scheman Building, Iowa State Center
(Registration is Required for Friday’s Keynote and Conference)

7:45 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

REGISTRATION

Continental breakfast is included with paid registration

First Floor Lobby

8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Michael Dahlstrom, interim director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Wendy Wintersteen, president, Iowa State University

Auditorium (First Floor)

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Leslie Gaines-Ross, Weber Shandwick
Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey
Gauging Americans’ attitudes toward civility in a variety of areas impacting society and daily life

Auditorium (First Floor)

10:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

DEAN’S REMARKS AND AGENDA FOR THE DAY

  • Beate Schmittmann, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Dahlstrom, interim director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Auditorium (First Floor)

10:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

BREAK

10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

First and Second Floor Breakout Rooms

Panel discussion: Covering controversial issues
How media can help maintain civility and encourage civil discourse

Moderator: Rheya Spigner, KCCI-TV anchor and host of the Project CommUNITY series

Panelists:

  • David Begnaud, CBS News
  • Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’ “The Open Mind”
  • Anne Hillman, freelance journalist, formerly of Alaska Public Media
  • Monica Schneider, CLTV anchor and WGN reporter, Chicago

Panel discussion: Keeping audiences intact
How incivility is decreasing our ability to connect with audiences, and how we can fix it

Moderator: Melissa Inman, vice president, digital content strategy and operations, Meredith Corporation

Panelists:

  • Karla Armendariz, Hispanic marketing consultant and consumer specialist
  • Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune reporter on urban affairs and minority communities
  • Ian Stinson, executive director of digital product & audience, Cox Media Group

11:45 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

LUNCH

(included with paid registration)

Second Floor Lobby

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

MODERATED DISCUSSIONS AND BEST PRACTICES FORUMS

First and Second Floor Breakout Rooms

Discussion: How journalists can inspire civil discourse and deliver a better product

Moderated by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, Drake University


Discussion: How advertisers, PR professionals and organizations can ensure we don’t lose our audiences

Moderated by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, Drake University

2:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.

BREAK

2:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

First and Second Floor Breakout Rooms

Panel discussion: Navigating discredit and disbelief
The origin of misinformation and evolution of distrust – and how we as media and marketers can regain trust among our audiences

Panelists:

  • Aleksander Dardeli, executive vice president, IREX
  • Chuck Kaiser, general manager, Edelman U.S. Public Affairs
  • Sandy Pudar, assistant news director, WGN Chicago

Moderated by Joseph Jones, executive director, The Harkin Institute


Panel discussion: Civility and the upcoming election cycle
How press will be viewed and treated; how much advertising money will be spent; how uncivil things may get; how that all affects our professions

Panelists:

  • Noor Naseer, senior director, media innovations and technology for Centro
  • Dave Price, WHO-TV political director and anchor, and author of the “Caucus Chaos” book series
  • Travis Ridout, distinguished professor of government and public policy, Washington State University; co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project

Moderated by Walker McKusick, national director, Vote Smart

3:30 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

BREAK

3:45 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

CLOSING SESSION

Auditorium (First Floor)

Congressional investigations and hearings: How we get to the truth in a civil manner

  • Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary; current director of the Center for Public Theology and distinguished professor at Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Tom Miller, Iowa attorney general

Moderated by Kevin Cooney, former anchor, KCCI-TV

5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

NETWORKING RECEPTION

First Floor Lobby