Marquette to co-host ‘Protest and Polarization: Covering the Republican and Democratic national conventions’ ahead of political conventions, July 10

June 27, 2024

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has partnered with IJNet, the Foley Foundation, Northwestern University and the Committee to Protect Journalists to host “Protest and Polarization: Covering the Republican and Democratic national conventions,” to prepare journalists for covering political conventions via a virtual panel on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

A panel of journalists and media safety experts will discuss what reporters must keep in mind as they cover the conventions. Panelists will discuss how to stay safe reporting on demonstrations surrounding the conventions, how to effectively engage audiences on important election issues and more.

Registration is open and available online. Links to resources for journalists covering the conventions in Milwaukee and Chicago will be made available.

Graphic with event details and panelist headshotsThe U.S. presidential election will be a reprise of four years ago in terms of candidates, but the conventions promise to be a flashpoint of the polarization and turmoil characterizing this historic election season. The RNC takes place four days after former President Donald Trump's scheduled sentencing on criminal charges, and the DNC is expected to spark massive pro-Palestine protests and possibly large counter-protests.

As Americans — and the rest of the world — follow along, journalists will play a critical role in informing about developments on the ground and the issues at stake.

Panelists will include Craig Gilbert, formerly of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Katherine Jacobsen, U.S. and Canada program coordinator at CPJ; Elena Schneider, national political reporter at Politico; and Hope Moses, recent graduate from Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication, where she served as executive director of the Marquette Wire.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or