CSDP Symposium: Online News, Social Media and Opinion Formation

Tue, May 17, 2022, 12:00 pm
By invitation only
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)
By invitation only


CSDP will host this special symposium on the  “Media Exposure and Opinion Formation”  project, including the co-principal investigators:


Pablo Barberá

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

University of Southern California


Andy Guess

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs

Princeton University


Simon Munzert

Assistant Professor of Data Science and Public Policy

Hertie School, Berlin


JungHwan Yang

Assistant Professor of Communication

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Additional participants to be announced


The project focuses on online/social media and its effects, both in the U.S. and Germany, with a combination of new data sources (such as passive tracking data) and online field experiments. Past and current studies look at the effects of voter guides on knowledge and turnout; the effects of online partisan media on media consumption habits, attitudes, and overall media trust; the role of social influence on Twitter; and the extent of “cheating” on political knowledge survey items. These scholars will present their latest findings and are eager to engage the CSDP community in a discussion of this important and timely work, including suggestions and potential collaborations as they plan a new study to be fielded in summer 2022.