The News Literacy Project’s Fall Forum to focus on 2012 campaign coverage

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The News Literacy Project will present its third annual Fall Forum, “Decision 2012: The Savvy Consumer’s Guide to Campaign Coverage,” on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The event at Walt Whitman High School features Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid. Matea Gold, a Los Angeles Times Washington correspondent, will moderate the discussion.

The event, co-sponsored by The Washington Post, will be held in the Whitman auditorium at 7100 Whittier Ave. in Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets — $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and high school and college students — can be ordered by clicking here [ticket sales are now closed].

This is the third year NLP has presented programs at Whitman about politics, public policy and the press. Last year’s event, which drew an audience of more than 900, featured columnists David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post and moderator Jessica Yellin of CNN discussing “Demosclerosis: The Challenge of Moving America Forward in a Hyper-Partisan Age.”

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