A research project prepared by Jandoli School faculty and students was presented Saturday, March 10, at the 2018 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University. The study, “Dawkins vs. Lautenberg: Exploring the Impact of New Jersey’s 1988 U.S. Senate Campaign,” was presented by faculty members Anne and Richard Lee and students Christian Gravius and Nicholas Youngs. Students Tyler Grudi, Michael Nelson and Sarah Waychoff assisted with the research. In their presentation, the Jandoli School faculty and students suggested that the campaign had long-term implications on politics, media and democracy because it helped fuel an era in which negative ads and personal attacks dominated political campaigns and news coverage, placing less focus on important public policy issues and ultimately leading to a less educated and informed electorate. In the years that followed the election, several of the consultants who worked on the campaign, among them Roger Ailes, Paul Begala, James Carville and Roger Stone, helped shape the nation’s political climate. The Jandoli School presentation was part of a “Politick & Rhetoric: Mass Communication Across the Political Spectrum” panel at the conference, which took place in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The one-day interdisciplinary conference was co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.