Role of the Media in Elections Is the Topic of League of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off


“As a matter of fact: using, misusing, and ignoring political information” is the topic for the discussion at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls on Saturday, September 24.

Professor Chris Chapp of the St. Olaf College Political Science Department, will tackle this issue, addressing a range of topics including:(1) How trust in a source influences the uptake of information, (2) How individuals' prior attitudes influence political learning, (3) How misinformation is received and processed by voters, and (4) How ambiguous messages are understood by voters. 

The event will begin with coffee and conversation from 9:30-10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, in Northfield.  The program will begin at 10:00,

During election season, political campaigns and the media play a vital role in American democracy, providing citizens with the information necessary to make meaningful and informed choices.  It is of no little concern, then, that in this day and age misinformation is rampant, and what counts, as a “fact” is often infinitely contestable.

Chapp has a PhD from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include political communication, campaigns and elections, religion and U.S. politics, and the politics of class and inequality. He is author of Religious Rhetoric and American Politics: The Endurance of Civil Religion in Electoral Campaigns, recently published by Cornell University Press.