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    Success of ‘going negative’ changes campaign strategies
    November 27th, 2007 under Programs/Events. [ Comments: 1 ]


    Dole Institute - October 25, 2007 

    One of the longest running syndicated columns in the nation, “Inside Report” has always been based on hard reporting. For over a quarter of a century, both columnists not only crisis-crossed the nation regularly covering politics, but also traveled abroad to report wars, revolutions and international conferences around the globe.

    Mr. Novak has covered great events and interviewed world leaders in every part of the world. His 1978 trip to China included an exclusive interview with Deng Tsiao-Peng, which opened the way for normalization of U.S. Chinese relations.

    Mr. Novak produces a twice-monthly newsletter, the Evans-Novak Political Report. Mr. Novak has written for most of the nation’s periodicals.

    Mr. Novak’s first book was Agony of the GOP: 1964. In collaboration with Rowland Evans, he has written Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power, and The Reagan Revolution. In November, 1999, Mr. Novak’s most recent book, Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000, was published. His memoirs, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington, were published in July.

    For 25 years Mr. Novak was a commentator for the Cable News Network (CNN) and was co-executive producer of the “Capital Gang.” Currently, he is a commentator for Fox News and appears occasionally on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    Mr. Novak was a Radford Visiting Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in 1987. He is the 2001 winner of the National Press Club’s “Fourth Estate: award for lifetime achievement in journalism.

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    Blog World
    November 19th, 2007 under Blog Program, Blogs in the News. [ Comments: none ]

    Recently I (David Perlmutter, KU) and Lawrence Bush of the Dole institute traveled to the BlogWorld & New Media Expo, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center where I moderated two panels.

    Created by blogger Rick Calvert, BW was be the first business expo to showcase blogging as well as the other interactive media. The array of talents, attendees and sponsors was impressive. The first panel, on Thursday, Nov. 8, focused on “The Power of Political Blogosphere.”

    The panelists included: Hugh Hewitt, Pam Spaulding, Dave Nalle, Taylor Marsh, and Brad Friedman. The next day I moderated “Political Blogs and The Political Press” featuring John Hinderaker, Natasha Chart, Mary Katharine Ham, and Freidman and Marsh.

    Here are the current drafts of my presentations that introduced the panels.

    In my forthcoming book Blogwars: The New Political Battleground, [Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, Dec. 2007] I argue that 2008 is the year that blogging and other interactive media are coming of age–in political campaigns and elsewhere such as in commercial marketing. Everyone from car companies to mayoral candidates are experimenting with blogging, podcasting, Myspace, Facebook, flikr, Twittering and of course YouTube. The world of online interactivity is now simply our world. In many ways a business convention about blogging which featured entrepreneurs as well major companies such as Microsoft is a perfect marker that everyone is taking so called new media seriously.


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    In December of 2006 Dr. Dhavan Shah of the University of Wisconsin and his “Blogclub” of graduate students and Dr. David D. Perlmutterof the University of Kansas conducted a survey of major political blogs and their readers. The project was partially sponsored by a grant from the Knight/Carnegie Foundation’s Future of Journalism initiative. The summary of the results are posted here--please fully cite us if you refer to the findings.

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