The first Tuesday in November isn’t just Melbourne Cup Day. Across the Pacific every four years, it’s also US election day, with this year Mitt Romney challenging Barack Obama for the keys to the Oval Office.
There will also be races for 33 Senators, 435 members of the House of Representatives and 11 State Governors.
Impressive as these numbers are, they are dwarfed by the media corps that is tracking, documenting, analysing and judging the candidates’ every move. So what’s it like inside the machine? How has the explosion of interactive media affected the coverage? And what lies in store for the US, and the world, once the banners and the bunting come down and the leaders are measured not by words, but by deeds?
Join the Walkley Foundation for Walkley Media Talks – Stars and Stripes Edition, which brings together The Sydney Morning Herald political editor and international editor Peter Hartcher, The Global Mail editor Lauren Martin and special international guest Aron Pilhofer, founding editor of Interactive News The New York Times to discuss the challenges of covering a US election and the implications of the November 6 results.
Visit the Walkley Media Talks page here on walkleys.com for all the event details.