Michael Tomasky

Michael Tomasky: Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast

August 25, 2015 — Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast special correspondent and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2003), discusses why a Clinton vs. Biden match-up would lead to negative campaigning on both sides – and how the media would likely cover…

Joshua Partlow

Joshua Partlow: For Mexicans, Trump’s bid is getting scarier

August 18, 2015 — Joshua Partlow, Mexico City Bureau Chief for The Washington Post and  Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2012), writes about how Mexican media and government officials are reacting to Trump’s immigration proposals. Read more in The Washington Post.

Renee Loth

Renée Loth: Socialist Propaganda: Will Everything Bernie Sanders Touches Turn Red?

August 13, 2015 — Renée Loth, Boston Globe columnist and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2011), writes about her concern that Bernie Sanders’ “Socialist” label will be used by conservative candidates and media to portray “reasonable progressive ideas” in a negative light….

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Harvard Kennedy School Magazine: What Does the Research Say?

August 12, 2015 — Harvard Kennedy School Magazine tells the story of the founding and growth of the Shorenstein Center’s Journalist’s Resource website, and the role the site plays in helping journalists make their reporting more accurate and trustworthy through the…

How News Outlets Factchecked the U.S. Chamber’s Flawed Clean Power Plan Numbers

August 12, 2015 — The Union of Concerned Scientists referenced a paper written by Eric Pooley (Kalb Fellow, fall 2008), which provides methodology for reporting on suspect economic claims. Pooley is currently senior vice president for strategy and communications at…

Michael Ignatieff: Fukushima: The Price of Nuclear Power

August 12, 2015 — Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, writes about his tour of Namie, Japan, a town that is still uninhabitable four years after the Fukushima disaster – and asks whether this is the price…

Shorenstein Center Announces Fall 2015 Fellows

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their Fall 2015 Fellows. “This fall’s fellows are exceptional for their experience and knowledge. Bob Schieffer is…

Why Political Journalists Shouldn’t Report on Internal Polling

August 10, 2015 — Thomas Patterson, acting director of the Shorenstein Center and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, was quoted in a Columbia Journalism Review article about the pitfalls of relying on polling numbers provided by campaigns.  “Internal polling…

Zachary Karabell: How Big Business is Lining Up with Hillary

August 4, 2015 — Zachary Karabell, former Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 1997), contributing editor at Politico, and head of global strategy at Envestnet, writes about Hillary Clinton’s efforts to win over both the middle class and business interests. Read more on Politico.

Diane McWhorter Wins National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

July 29, 2015 — Diane McWhorter, A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence at the Shorenstein Center in 2014 and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has won a Public Scholar grant from the NEH to write a nonfiction book about the intersection of the space race and…

News Archive

Shorenstein Center Director Alex S. Jones writes in Time magazine about the senior executive culture at The New York Times: At the New York Times, It’s All in the Family
An excerpt from Jones’s book The Trust, co-authored with Susan E. Tifft, was published in Politico: What Sulzberger Wants: A portrait of the embattled New York Times publisher’s early days
Fall 2013 Fellow Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner, says that the FCC’s proposal on net neutrality “takes a gigantic step backwards”: Fast Lanes for the 1 Percent, Slow Lanes for the Rest
MIT professor and former Shorenstein Fellow Seth Mnookin co-authors AAAS report calling for dedicated research on vaccination decisions: 3 Questions: Seth Mnookin on research to encourage vaccination
Former Fellow Neal Gabler in Reuters: Donald Sterling: Pariah
Susan Crawford, former Visiting Stanton Professor, in The New York Times: The Wire Next Time
Spring 2014 Fellow Robert Lenzner writes in Forbes about French economist Thomas Piketty’s visit to the Kennedy School: Piketty’s Prediction that the Wealthiest Are Getting Wealthier Three Times Faster Hits No. One on Amazon
The Boston Globe reviews the new book by Ron Suskind, former A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence: ‘Life, Animated’ by Ron Suskind
Joshua Partlow, former Fellow, in The Washington Post: Impatient Afghan candidates are counting their own votes
Former Visiting Assistant Professor Zephyr Teachout in The Washington Post: The Supreme Court leaves a void in campaign finance law
Remembering Jonathan Schell, 1943–2014: The former Fellow was an outstanding journalist, and a dear friend of the Shorenstein Center. Here are tributes from his friends and colleagues:

Jill Dougherty, Spring 2014 Fellow, writes in Politico about Putin’s background and motivation: Putin on the Couch: A Shrewd Strategist
Jonathan Moore, Shorenstein Center Associate, on WBUR’s Cognoscenti: In A Polarized Age, What Does ‘We The People’ Really Mean?
HKS Lecturer Jeffrey Seglin received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethany College, and spoke at its celebration of 174 years as a small college of national distinction: Harvard Lecturer and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin Addresses Bethany College Community at Founder’s Day
Former Fellow Ted Gup in The Guardian: The CIA likes to write its own rules, but spying on Congress crosses a new line
Jill Dougherty, Spring 2014 Fellow, in CNN: Vladimir Putin’s media strategy in the spotlight
Ron Suskind, Former A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence, in The New York Times: Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
Former Fellow Melinda Henneberger in The Washington Post: Sen. McCaskill’s military sexual-assault bill is meatier than advertised
Former Fellow Elizabeth Becker in the LA Times: For Cambodia, an Oscar nod means much more than box-office gold
Clay Shirky, former Visiting Murrow Lecturer, in Politico Magazine: TV Is Dead. Now What?
In Reuters, former Fellow David Rohde: Ukraine draws Obama into Putin’s long game
Matthew Nisbet, 2012 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, published a co-authored study at PLOS ONE and writes about the study at The Conversation UK: Opinions about scientific advances blur party/political lines.
Ellen Mickiewicz, former Visiting Lombard Professor, writes in Foreign Affairs about the Russian television coverage of the Olympics: If It Bleeds, It Leads: How Ukraine Is Upending Putin’s Olympics Media Strategy
Former Fellow Nina Easton writes in Foreign Affairs about how Saudi women are taking their place in the workplace: Saudi Women Find a Way
Spring 2014 Fellow Robert Lenzner in Forbes: MIT’s Robert Solow Dukes It Out With Harvard’s Greg Mankiw Over The One Percent
Tara McKelvey in BBC News: Sochi security clampdown could store up trouble
In The Washington Post, former Fellow Melinda Henneberger: Can data breaches be prevented? Congress and companies answer: For now, no.
Former Fellow Seth Mnookin in Slate: Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Is So Scary
A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence Diane McWhorter moderated a panel with Lucia Allais, Robert M. Edsel and Matt Damon (via Skype) to discuss the new movie The Monuments Men.: New screen role for Matt Damon at Harvard
Former Fellow Trudy Lieberman compares the health care systems in Canada and the U.S.: Canadian Health Care: Separating Opinion From Fact
John Wihbey, Managing Editor for Journalist’s Resource at the Shorenstein Center, reflects on one year after the death of Aaron Swartz: Aaron Swartz and the cause of openness