I will be speaking at two academic conferences in New York City this month.
On Saturday, March 15, I will present my paper, The Impact of New Jersey Newspapers on the Development of the State’s Transportation Infrastructure, at the AJHA-AEJMC History Division Joint Journalism Historians meeting. The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., takes place at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street.
The paper aims to illustrate the impact that the state’s newspapers have had on its transportation system and to underscore the significance of the media’s role in the current debate over Governor Corzine’s proposal to raise tolls to fund transportation improvements and pay down state debt. It includes a series of case studies and examples, ranging from the pre-Revolutionary War era to the Governor’s present proposal.
The following Saturday, March 22, I will present my paper, Has Election Coverage Entered A Brave New World?, at the 12th Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Communication Association. The conference will be held at Marymount Manhattan College, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In this paper, I review the role of the internet in election campaigns and examine how print newspapers are using their online versions to provide election results in a manner that is just as timely as — and sometimes more than — the electronic media.