Ann Caulkins, president and publisher of the Charlotte Observer and Gerald Johnson, CEO and publisher of The Charlotte Post, will discuss how the media influence elections and campaigns during a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on April 18 at Biddle Hall on the Johnson C. Smith University campus. The event is part of the university’s Lyceum Series “Democracy 2012: The Road to Charlotte.” Caulkins has worked at the Charlotte Observer since 2006. She was the first woman president of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. and publisher for three years. Johnson is CEO and Publisher of The Charlotte Post Publishing Company, Inc. and Chairman of Consolidated Media Group. He is also president of the Charlotte Post Foundation and a member of the American Leadership Forum. Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.