Bipartisan look at the potential impacts of the election

Today's Webinar: How the Elections will Impact Newspapers


A tumultuous election season has almost come to a close and — no matter the results — newspapers will surely be impacted.

Join us TODAY for a bipartisan discussion on how election outcomes may affect the legislative and business environment and how newspapers can position themselves with their readers post-election.

This program is available to members of America's Newspapers, as well as trial members, as part of their membership (at no additional cost). Learn about membership or sign up for a free trial membership here.

Registration for this program is a two-step process. Click the link below to take STEP 1 and then watch for an email.  The email will include a link that you need to click on (STEP 2) to guarantee your seat and request the LOGIN for the program itself.


Regardless of how the election plays out — with a new president, four more years under President Trump, potential changes in Senate seats (and the possibility of the Senate flipping) — the impact will be felt in a number of areas. 

The discussion during this program will focus on the impact that newspapers could see, especially in terms of:

Legislation like the Local Journalism Sustainability Act and the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act.

The business climate for national and local businesses, and subsequently, advertising spending.

Tax laws and the impact on national and local businesses.

Employment laws, including regulations for independent contractors.

How newspapers can engage with their readers on critical issues, whether the "fake news" era continues or not.

This America’s Newspapers discussion will be led by: Ashlee Rich Stephenson, vice president and national political director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Camille Olson, partner, Labor and Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and moderated by Dean Ridings, CEO, America’s Newspapers.

For registration questions, please contact:

Patty Slusher, director of programming, at 847-282-9850, ext. 102 or

Our presenters

Ashlee Rich Stephenson is vice president and national political director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Stephenson leads the Chamber’s voter education program, which includes directing the endorsement process on behalf of pro-business candidates for federal office and guiding the Chamber’s independent expenditure effort.

Stephenson is a nationally respected and highly experienced political strategist and pollster, with expertise working on high-level candidate campaigns, with independent expenditures, and on behalf of public affairs and corporate interests. She has worked for four presidential campaigns, including serving as the polling director for Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign and as a political strategy advisor for Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 effort.

Previously president of Just Win Strategies, a national political strategy firm, and most recently principal and chief strategy officer at the polling and analytics company WPA Intelligence, she started her career in the Strategy Department at the Republican National Committee.

Named a Rising Star in 2014 by Campaigns & Elections magazine and inducted into the inaugural American Association of Political Consultants 40 under 40 class of 2015, Stephenson is a regularly requested panelist and commentator at political industry events to discuss evolving trends in the political tactics of public opinion research, data, digital, message development and marketing. Stephenson serves on the board of The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

Camille Olson is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, co-chair of its National Complex Litigation practice group and national chair of its Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group. She serves on the firm's National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee, and is the past national chair of the Labor & Employment practice department. Since 2013, she has served as chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Equal Employment Opportunity Subcommittee. For nearly 30 years, she has represented companies nationwide in all areas of litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour matters and independent contractor status.  She serves on the board of directors of America's Newspapers.

Dean Ridings is CEO of America's Newspapers.  Previously, Ridings served for two decades as president and CEO of the Florida Press Association. He managed five state media associations and Intersect Media Solutions, a $40 million for-profit enterprise providing marketing research and media solutions to regional and national clients. He also initiated new forums and events, most notably hosting debates for state and national level political office.