Area of Expertise
Politics and the media, war media coverage, media ethics and criticism, television news, depiction of women in the media, young people and the media, young people and politics, young people and media/popular culture, millenials
Jane Hall specializes in media and politics, media ethics and young people, and media and popular culture. She is an expert on young people and the news, young people and politics, and the depiction of women in the media. Hall is the moderator and executive producer of the long-running American Forum series on young people and politics, and the media at American University. She is a regular commentator on media and politics on cable TV and in print. She was a weekly commentator on the media for many years for Fox News Channel and now regularly appears on other media programs, including CNN's Reliable Sources.Hall is interviewed regularly on media and politics by many national publications and outlets, including Politico, U.S. News & World Report,and the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other publications. She has been interviewed as an expert on the media on NPR, PBS's NewsHour and Charlie Rose, the BBC, and other broadcast and cable programs. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hall developed a year-long collaboration with American University students and WashingtonPost.com that led to a published series of surveys and articles focusing on issues of special interest to young people in the 2008 campaign. She recently contributed a chapter on the status of women in TV news and newspapers for a two-volume encyclopedia on women's leadership and gender studies and moderated a panel on media coverage of First Ladies for a conference at the School of Public Affairs at American University. She also has moderated two annual symposia with fellows studying the presidency and Congress and other events with young people in Washington, D.C., and New York. Before joining American University in 1998, Hall was a long-time journalist writing about the news media for publications in New York, including nine years as the media reporter for the Los Angeles Times in New York. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Editors' Award and the Los Angeles Press Club awards for her media coverage. Hall also has contributed numerous articles on media and politics to the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and Columbia Journalism Review.She has been the moderator and executive producer of the American Forum series since 2001, broadcast on WAMU, the NPR station in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2010 and live-streamed on WashingtonPost.com in 2010. In 2005, Hall coauthored a study of issues of censorship and self-censorship among 200 journalists in Iraq that was praised as an “important new study” by the Columbia Journalism Review.