Open and free to all, this summit is an opportunity to listen, learn, and engage with others on issues that affect us all.


As a partnership between the incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD) and the University of Delaware Biden School of Public Policy and Administration’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Ithaca Initiative, the inaugural Media & Democracy Summit explores the role and relationship between media and democracy.

Registration is free. Pre-registration online is required. Please mind that entrance to the event is granted on a first come first served basis.


Composed of keynote presentations, one-on-one interviews, and panel discussions, the summit includes speakers who are local, national, and international media professionals and journalists; scholars who study media and pursue engagement, and civic leaders who advance democratic engagement in communities. Experts from diverse backgrounds will shed light on different aspects of a common topic: relevance, challenges, and sustainability of the fourth estate in an increasingly fragmented political and social landscape.

This speakers list is being constantly updated.


Participants will have the opportunity to learn about topics such as technological disruptions and AI, community partnerships to identify and address public issues, freedom of the press, media ownership and diversity, and global perspectives on media including places impacted by war.
The agenda is being constantly updated. All sessions are in local time (EDT).

8:00 - 8:40 AM
Registration Registration is free. Pre-registration online is required. Entrance to the event is granted on a first come first served basis.
8:40 - 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou, Timothy Shaffer
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Bridging Divides at Home and Beyond One-on-One John Avlon and Margaret Hoover
9:30 - 10:20 AM
Media Ownership and Pluralism: Navigating the Path to a Diverse Information Landscape Panel Danai Maragoudaki, Danilo Yanich, Jessica Yellin, Michael Kane
10:20 - 10:40 AM
Coffee break
10:40 - 11:40 AM
Media Ethics and Responsibility in the Digital Age Panel Carole Cadwalladr, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Dan Froomkin, Dannagal Young
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
Freedom of the Press: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunites Panel Adrian Shahbaz, Eliza Triantafyllou, Jenny Lambe, Suzanne McBride
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lunch break
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Global Perspectives on Media and Democracy One-on-One Marina Walker Guevara and Nic Dawes
2:30 - 3:20 PM
Technological Disruptions: Algorithms, platforms, bias and a sliver of hope Panel Ana Paula Valacco, Athan Stephanopoulos, Dhanaraj Thakur, Mike Nelson
3:20 - 3:40 PM
Coffee break
3:40 - 4:30 PM
Media and the Presidency One-on-One Douglas Brinkley and Timothy Shaffer
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Coffee break
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Political Satire in Democracy One-on-One Jordan Klepper and Dannagal Young
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Registration Registration is free. Pre-registration online is required. Entrance to the event is granted on a first come first served basis.
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Engaging Information, Citizens, and Community Townhall Meeting Allison Taylor Levine, Nic Dawes, Martin Carcasson, Morgan Malone, Nikolas Aronis
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Coffee break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
AI Everywhere: A Series of Human-Generated Talks Keynote Series Jonathan Soma, Louise Riondel, Mike Nelson, Taylor Owen, More speakers TBA

Consumers or Citizens

May 29, 2024 - 5:00 PM

The Queen, Wilmington, Delaware

The Summit kicks off on May 29 with the SNF Dialogues open discussion “Consumers or Citizens,” which explores the repercussions of the commercialization of politics and the evolving role of citizens within this framework. This is part of SNF’s broader series of open discussions on Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse in the US. Find out more 

Important note: Registration for attending the SNF Dialogues discussion follows a separate procedure. Make sure to register HERE.

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