|Event details||Using social media in political campaigning|
|Event organiser(s)||Dr David Sweeting, SPS|
Professor Colin Copus, De Monfort University
Ms Christina Zaba, Writer and Journalist
Professor John Parkinson, University of Warwick
|Title||Using social media in political campaigning|
|Type of event||Panel Discussion|
|Venue||Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ|
This event discusses the role of social media – such as twitter, blogging, and facebook - in debating policy issues, communicating with the public, and generating interest in public affairs. It focuses on the role that social media has played around the debates related to the election of the Mayor for Bristol.The audience will gain an insight into the rapidly evolving use of social media in public affairs. Drawing on insights from both academia and practice, this event will consider in what ways social media has been used in the debates around whether Bristol should have a directly elected mayor, as well as in the Bristol mayoral election campaign, which will take place the week following this event. It will consider how effective social media has been in helping participants to ‘get their message across’, and its differences compared to more traditional means of campaigning.
This event is held in association with Policy & Politics and will be followed by a wine reception.