The Polarization of US Media

March 10, 2021

Media Polarization in the US, February 24, 2021

The French-American Foundation hosted a Zoom webinar on February 24 to examine media polarization in the United States. The discussion featured guest speaker Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research at Pew Research Center, and moderator Sewell Chan (Young Leader ’09), Editor of the Editorial Pages at the Los Angeles Times.

The speakers analyzed the predominant divisions in media consumption in the United States. Topics included the correlation between media outlets and US political parties, the level of trust that Americans have of various media companies, and the growth of non-traditional outlets.

In addition to presentations and discussions between the speaker and moderator, audience members posed questions about the present state of media consumption and the future of the industry. Questions addressed the role of media outlets to foster trust among consumers and the greatest shifts in consumption in recent years.

The French-American Foundation developed this virtual initiative to continue our mission of encouraging transatlantic dialogue while prioritizing the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our events take place throughout the month.

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