Journalism Alumni Discuss News Landscape Around Elections at TCU Presents Panel

A combined headshot of Patty Zamarripa, Joel Anderson and Elizabeth Campbell

From left: Patty Zamarripa, Joel Anderson and Elizabeth Campbell


On Oct. 19, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, TCU Magazine and the TCU Alumni Association virtually hosted “TCU Presents: Elections, Journalism & the Media Landscape.” Panelists included Schieffer College alumni Joel Anderson ’00, staff writer; Elizabeth Campbell ’18, CBS News digital journalist; and Patty Zamarripa ’10, assistant professor of professional practice in journalism. Dean Kristie Bunton, Ph.D., led the panelists in a discussion about how journalists cover politics and elections in our ever-changing media environment.

About the Panel

Along with Dean Bunton, the panelists had a lively discussion about the nature of reporting on elections, the stories they try to tell, and how the digital landscape has shaped how journalists report. Like any good journalist, panelists were not afraid to challenge each other or offer different perspectives on their work.

“It’s simple in name, not in execution, but we’re informing the public about the people who want to hold power in government and their vision for the role of government in their lives,” Anderson said.

Passion for this career is consistently present as our panelists tackle complex topics thoughtfully and honestly.

Watch TCU Presents: Elections, Journalism & the Media Landscape

About the Panelists

Joel Anderson ’00 is a staff writer and podcast host at Slate. He hosted seasons three and six of the award-winning “Slow Burn” narrative podcast and co-hosts the weekly sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen.”

Elizabeth Campbell ’18 is a field producer and digital journalist for CBS News covering breaking news, trend stories and frequently focusing on politics. Her coverage region extends from North Carolina to Florida and Colorado.

Patty Zamarripa ’10, M.S., is an Emmy-winning TV news producer and journalism professor at TCU. She graduated from TCU as a double-degree student in 2010. This fall, she’s teaching an experimental social media and mobile storytelling course for journalism majors. She also teaches introductory journalism and upper-level broadcast production courses.

Kristie Bunton, Ph.D., is the dean of Schieffer College. Her primary research area is around ethics in journalism. She recently published “Having Their Say: Athletes and Entertainers and the Ethics of Speaking Out,” which looks at athletes speaking out about social issues such as Black Lives Matter.