Speaker Series: Tim Wu – The Battle for Our Attention

Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School, and director of the Poliak Center for the study of First Amendment Issues at Columbia Journalism School.  Wu’s best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory,…

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Speaker Series: Sissela Bok - Secrets and Lies in Politics and Elections

Sissela Bok is a writer and philosopher, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at the George Washington University in 1957 and 1958, and her Ph.D….

Larry Wilmore

This year’s Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics will be delivered by comedian, producer and writer Larry Wilmore. The David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism will also be awarded to Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press.  The Theodore H….

Featured Research

News Coverage of the 2016 National Conventions: Negative News, Lacking Context

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions, and whether this coverage, which was overwhelmingly negative, best served the needs of the…

Johanna Dunaway

A new paper by Johanna Dunaway, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, examines how mobile technology – despite expanding internet access – is also contributing to a digital divide in news consumption….

Featured Audio & Video

Define American: Humanizing the Immigration Debate with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the…

Jeffrey Rosen

2016 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center, Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic, delivered the ninth…


Matthew A. Baum

Matthew Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication at the Harvard Kennedy School, argues that “the mainstream news media’s longstanding tools for determining what is or isn’t newsworthy have proven inadequate to deal with the candidacy of Donald Trump.” Read more…

Shorenstein family

September 27, 2016 — Today marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Despite a multitude of changes in media and the political process during the past 30 years, the Center’s mission remains as relevant…