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July 10, 2024 | WRVO
Joshua Darr, a professor at Syracuse University, said this means if you’re watching TV, your ad breaks are going to be filled with political ads. “Districts that are drawn to be competitive like this one are even rarer than they used to be,” Darr said. “At the same time, there is more money than there used to be in buying ads. That combination means that Syracuse is going to get soaked.”

July 10, 2024 | Newsweek
Joshua Darr, an associate professor of political communications at Syracuse University, told Newsweek that “Pelosi’s plea for Biden to decide is at odds with his clear statements that the only way he’s dropping out is if ‘the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me to.’ I can’t know what she’s thinking, but I doubt she’d still be imploring him to decide if he’d come to the decision she thought was best.”

July 10, 2024 | AP News
Political advertisements on social media are one of the best ways for candidates to reach supporters and raise campaign cash. But as a new report from Syracuse University shows, weak regulations governing online ads and haphazard enforcement by tech companies also make ads a prime source for misleading information about elections — and a tantalizingly easy way for con artists to target victims.

July 10, 2024 | SU News
“The prevalence of inauthentic groups, scams and deepfake voices just within the parameters of the search shows a massive amount of manipulation and misinformation targeting Americans through the political information consumed online,” says Margaret Talev, Kramer Director of the IDJC, professor of practice in the Newhouse School and a journalist.


June 26, 2024 | NBC News
“These voters were really angry RFK won’t be on the debate stage and saw it as a collusion between the major parties and mainstream media,” Talev said. “Several believe his independence from both parties makes him more likely to make or get deals. In 2008, [Barack] Obama was the outsider. In 2016 Trump was the outsider. These voters see RFK as this year’s version of that.”

June 19, 2024 | Podcast episode
Summary: The steady decline of traditional media seems a near certainty. In this podcast episode, Rick speaks with Margaret Talev, a journalist and head of the Institute for Democracy, Journalism, and Citizenship at Syracuse University. They discuss the evolving challenges in the news industry, including the decline of local news, the rise of misinformation on social media, and the growing distrust in media, particularly among conservatives. Talev emphasizes the importance of reliable news sources for a healthy democracy and describes efforts to rebuild local news and civic engagement. She also shares insights from focus groups and polling on voter behavior and media consumption, highlighting the impact of media sources on public perceptions and polarization.


May 23, 2024 | NBC News
Margaret Talev: “They view Biden as failing to take actions at the border — and they credit Trump with trying to take action even if they disagreed with many of the actions themselves. Trump’s promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico may be his best known plan — these voters panned the idea and don’t want him to try again if he’s re-elected — yet they don’t hold it against him.”

May 7, 2024 | AP News
Stromer-Galley analyzed more than 24,000 political ad buys on Instagram and Facebook that were placed by 1,800 organizations from Sept. 2023 through February. Overall, the ads cost $15 million and were displayed nearly 870 million times. The findings were published Tuesday by the ElectionGraph Project at Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism & Citizenship through a partnership with the data science firm Neo4j.

May 7, 2024 | SU News
Johanna Dunaway, professor of political science and research director of the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC), has been named a 2024 Carnegie Fellow. She is one of 28 distinguished scholars and writers selected as a Carnegie Fellow to study political polarization.

May 2, 2024 | NBC News
Margaret Talev: Several of these young voters said outright that Biden’s signing of a law that could lead to TikTok being banned in the U.S. could make them less likely to vote for him — and some said if Trump protected their TikTok access, that might sway them to support him.


April 4, 2024 | NBC News
Margaret Talev: It may largely be a rationalization or picking up on talking points by union voters who already prefer Trump. But talking about being pro-worker also may resonate more broadly in this era of increased focus on the individual and decreased faith in institutions.


March 13, 2024 | Yahoo! News
Joshua Darr: It’s clearly a different election this time around — you could argue both Biden and Trump are weaker, and it’s a matter of relative weakness — but with a long eight months of unknowns in the way.


February 29, 2024 | NBC News
Margaret Talev: President Biden’s challenges in getting these voters to show up for him boil down to three Cs: communication, confidence and credibility.


February 28, 2024 | SU News
Learn how the institute is fostering an informed and engaged citizenry, why distrust in elections is at an all-time high and the challenges artificial intelligence poses.

February 23, 2024 | NPR
Margaret Talev and AP’s Darlene Superville discuss the week in politics from frozen embryos to Russia.

February 14, 2024 | CNN
Margaret Talev: It’s unlikely to help Haley, despite SC’s large military population.

February 8, 2024 | SU News
Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) has been awarded a $250,000 research grant from Neo4j and use of the company’s graph database technology as part of an initiative to identify misinformation trends in the U.S. presidential election and other top 2024 contests.

February 1, 2024 | NBC News
Focus groups illustrate how a set of female Pennsylvania voters who backed Trump in 2020 are weighing abortion and other issues in their 2024 choice.

February 1, 2024 | SU News
Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) is launching The Deciders Focus Groups project, a partnership initiative looking to gain insights from key voting blocs in 2024 presidential election battleground states.


January 24, 2024 | CNN
Margaret Talev: Trump’s zeal to fight is resonating with voters.

January 11, 2024 | Axios
Republicans, rural residents, renters, women and singles disproportionately feel like they’re in a big fat funk financially, our debut Axios Vibes survey by The Harris Poll reveals.



December 6, 2023 | Edelman Trust Institute
Americans, like news consumers everywhere, not only need but want to have better media literacy, a better grasp on how government and the economy work, and the skills to avoid being manipulated or misinformed. But most people don’t know where to get these, or whom to trust.


November 17, 2023 | Axios
Twenty years ago today, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as California’s unlikely 38th governor. He spoke with Axios earlier this week to promote a new audiobook on the legacy of that recall election.

November 9, 2023 | Newhouse School of Public Communications
“A discussion with the 2023 Toner Prize winners”
Every year, the Newhouse School honors journalists with the Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting.

November 8, 2023 | Axios
Dishonest, untrustworthy and disingenuous — that’s how a majority of experts surveyed from leading universities view AI companies’ CEOs and executives.

November 6, 2023 | Axios
An online briefing with experts from the National Task Force on Election Crises hosted by Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism & Citizenship.


October 26, 2023 | SU News
Two Syracuse University institutes are welcoming researchers, academic leaders, policymakers and journalists for discussions in Washington, D.C., about innovations, vulnerabilities and the future of artificial intelligence.

The two-day AI Policy Symposium that begins today in the nation’s capital is organized by the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI).

October 17, 2023 | PolitiFact
He spent eight years in the White House, nearly every move recorded by press and watched by staff. But six years after former President Barack Obama left office, some conservative media figures aggressively circulated a salacious rumor: that Obama is secretly gay.


September 6, 2023 | SU News
The Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Survey of computer science professors finds that a majority of computer science experts at top U.S research universities want to see the creation of a new federal agency or global organization to govern artificial intelligence (AI).

September 4, 2023 | CNN
CNN political analyst Margaret Talev reacts to a new poll which shows former President Donald Trump is the the top choice for a majority of Republican voters.

September 1, 2023 | The News Roundup
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze when answering questions asked by reporters about whether he would run for re-election.


August 30, 2023 | SU News

The political scientist and media scholar will engage colleagues and students in nonpartisan, evidence-based research to foster dialogue in the public’s interest.

August 27, 2023 | Inside Politics
Analysis of the week in politics.

August 10, 2023 | Up To Date
A discussion on the state of American democracy, startling data on political divisions and how journalists should approach these issues.

August 2, 2023 | PBS Newshour
“For those Americans or those citizens who are only watching the national news, they often only get this sort of game-frame style coverage, that it’s almost like sports reporting with Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other,” says Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship research director, Johanna Dunaway.


July 17, 2023 | Axios Today
Life is about to get pricier for millions of families, with a triple whammy of pandemic-era safety net programs coming to an end around the same time this fall. How will this all pan out?

July 7, 2023 | Washington Week
“It’s a potential lifeline or at least a big help for Ukraine, but also it’s not what Ukraine really wants, which is NATO membership,” says Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship director, Margaret Talev.


June 30, 2023 | NPR “Here and Now”

The political fallout from big Supreme Court rulings and the latest from the 2024 campaign trail.

June 30, 2023 | NPR “Here and Now”

Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and LGBTQ rights reverberate politically.

June 22, 2023 | Axios Polls
A plurality of Latinos now says “neither” when asked which major political party cares more about them.


May 30, 2023
President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a debt ceiling deal over the weekend. Now, it’s up to Congress to vote for the bill and avoid a catastrophic default.

May 23, 2023 | Axios
The NAACP issued a formal travel advisory for Florida, warning people against going there, alongside the LGBTQ advocacy group, Equality Florida.

May 23, 2023 | Axios Polls
The Walt Disney Company took a big hit in this year’s Axios Harris Poll 100, dropping a dozen spots, to 77th, after tangling with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over students’ LGBTQ+ rights.

May 23, 2023 | Axios Polls
FTX and Tesla, once seen as shining examples of innovation and opportunity, took two of the biggest reputational hits in this year’s Axios Harris Poll 100 brand reputation survey.

May 22, 2023 | “Road to Now” podcast
The conversation covers campaign finance reform, social media and the impact ai is already having on American politics.

May 10, 2023 | SU News
The second annual Maxwell Awards of Excellence event recognizes graduates and friends of Maxwell for their professional accomplishments and public service.


April 17, 2023 | SU News
A recent panel discussion held at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, celebrated the launch of the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship.


March 31, 2023 | SU News
The Newhouse School celebrated the winners of the 2023 Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting during a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

March 31, 2023 | Axios
A Manhattan grand jury indicted former President Trump on Thursday on criminal charges related to a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

March 29, 2023 | SU News
Politico won the 2023 Toner Prize for national political reporting, and chief investigative reporter Phil Williams of WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee won the Toner Prize for local political reporting.

March 17, 2023 | NPR “Here and Now”
A discussion of the political and policy divides exposed by the rescue of three American banks.

March 16, 2023 | Axios
Four in five Republicans want the U.S. to remain the world’s leading power — but fewer than half support giving Ukraine weapons and financial support to try to save itself from Russia.

March 16, 2023 | Axios
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say they oppose reducing spending on Social Security or Medicare.

March 16, 2023 | Axios
One in five Americans say they’d support a “national divorce” in which Republican- and Democratic-leaning states split into separate countries.


February 27, 2023 | CNN
CNN political analyst Margaret Talev reacts to a new video released by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and whether it’s an indication that he’ll run for president in 2024.


December 22, 2022 | Axios
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for his first international trip since Russia invaded Ukraine over 300 days ago.

December 14, 2022 | SU News
As a Los Angeles Times political writer, Seema Mehta ’98 B.A. (PSt) used to hear grumbling about the press at campaign events, but voters still understood she had a job to do. “They would say, ‘Oh, the media’s so biased, but I’m not talking about you, honey,’” she laughs.

December 14, 2022 | SU News
Americans on opposite sides of the political divide may not agree on anything other than the divide itself. And what may have at one time felt like a crack now feels like a chasm.

November 15, 2022 | SU News
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications today announced the appointment of veteran political journalist Margaret Talev as the Kramer Director of the Syracuse University Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship Institute.

June 9, 2022 | SU News
Syracuse University will soon launch the new Center for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. A joint effort of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the center will promote nonpartisan, evidence-based research and dialogue in the public interest and support the work of faculty and students.

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