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How Are Our Information Ecosystems Holding Up? A Post-Election Check-in

Only 36 hours after voting ends, we check in on the resilience of news organizations and social media platforms to meet the moment amidst an unprecedented election.

We will be joined by:

  • Charles Sykes, Founder and Editor-at-large at The Bulwark
  • Joanne Lipman, former Editor of USA Today and a Distinguished Journalism Fellow at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study
  • Setti Warren, Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law at St. John’s University Law School and an affiliate fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School
  • Hosted by Jennifer Preston, Vice President of Journalism, Knight Foundation, and Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital

In partnership with the Knight Foundation.


Charles Sykes is a founder and editor-at-large of The Bulwark, host of The Bulwark Podcast, and an NBC/ MSNBC contributor. He is also author of nine books and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic,  The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek,, USA Today, National Review, The New York Review of Books, the New York Daily News,  and other national publications. He has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the Today Show, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, PBS, the BBC, and has been profiled on NPR. He has also spoken extensively on university campuses. Sykes serves as the president of Defending Democracy Together Institute, sits on the advisory board of the Democracy Fund, and is a member of the board of Stand Up Republic.

Joanne Lipman is a bestselling author and news executive positioned at the nexus of media and technology. She has served as Editor-in-Chief at USA Today, USA Today Network, Conde Nast, and The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Journal, leading those organizations to six Pulitzer Prizes. She is also author of the bestseller “That’s What She Said,” about closing the gender gap. A frequent speaker and television commentator, she is currently the Distinguished Journalism Fellow at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, and an on-air contributor at CNBC. Previously, Lipman was Chief Content Officer of Gannett, where she was Editor in Chief of its USA TODAY and USA TODAY Network, encompassing more than 3,000 journalists at 110 newspapers including the flagship title as well as the Detroit Free Press, the Arizona Republic, the Des Moines Register and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Under her leadership, the Network was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes and had an additional three Pulitzer finalists.

Setti D. Warren is the executive director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He previously served as Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 2010 to 2018 and was the first African American to be a popularly elected mayor in Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston College, he began an extensive career in public service, serving as special assistant in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs for President Bill Clinton; as New England director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and as deputy state director for Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA). Prior to running for mayor, Warren completed a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq as a naval intelligence specialist. He served on the advisory board of the United States Conference of Mayors, chairing the organization’s community housing and development committee, and is currently a life member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

Kate Klonick joined the St. John’s Law School faculty in 2018. She teaches Property, Internet Law, and a seminar on information privacy. Klonick’s research centers on law and technology, using cognitive and social psychology as a framework. Most recently she has been studying and writing about private Internet platforms and how they govern online speech. Professor Klonick holds an A.B. with honors from Brown University where she studied both modern American History and cognitive neuroscience, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Senior Editor on the Georgetown Law Journal, and a Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School where she was also a resident fellow at the Information Society Project. She clerked for Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano of the Eastern District of New York and Hon. Richard C. Wesley of the Second Circuit. She is an affiliated fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project where she is spending the Fall of 2019 while on research leave to write on the topics of platform governance and oversight.

Jennifer Preston joined Knight Foundation in October 2014. Previously, Preston was an award-winning journalist for The New York Times for almost 19 years, with broad experience as a digital journalist, reporter and senior editor. In 2009 she became the company’s first social media editor. In 2011 she returned to a reporting role where she focused on the impact of social media in politics, government, business and real life. Her most recent work as an editor focused on extending digital media and social media storytelling and curation across the newsroom. Since 2007 she has taught journalism, primarily at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She frequently speaks about the role of social media in journalism at media and technology industry conferences. In 2013, she was elected to the board of directors of the Online News Association, and Fast Company named her as one of the top 25 women to follow on Twitter. She is the author of “Queen Bess,” a biography of Bess Myerson.

Vivian Schiller is the Executive Director of Aspen Digital. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

Event information
Thu Nov 5, 2020
1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT