Thomas E. Patterson (HKS)

Thomas Patterson: Why Americans Seem To Be Paying Less Attention To The News

April 1, 2015 — Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, discussed trends in news consumption and what they mean for an informed public on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Listen to the episode. 

Michele Norris

Michele Norris: Family Secret And Cultural Identity Revealed In “Little White Lie”

March 23, 2015 — Michele Norris, Joan Shorenstein Fellow Spring 2015, interviews the filmmaker and subject of the documentary, “Little White Lie,” in which a woman learns about her unknown African-American ancestry. Read more on NPR’s Code Switch. 

Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar: Erdogan has all but destroyed Turkish journalism

March 20, 2015 — Yavuz Baydar, Joan Shorenstein Fellow Fall 2014, writes about escalating threats to freedom of the press in Turkey in The Guardian. Read more. 

Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff: Is Liberty Divisible? The Challenge of Illiberal Democracy and Capitalist Authoritarianism

March 18, 2015 — Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, discussed how the hopes for democracy, open society, and globalization have turned out in a lecture at Central European University. Read a summary of the talk. 

David Weinberger: So Sayeth Google

March 13, 2015 — David Weinberger, Joan Shorenstein Fellow Spring 2015, writes about the complexities of ranking search results in Slate. Whether results are ranked by popularity or by accuracy, there are very real implications for topics such as science and journalism….

Will Geeks Save The World?

March 5, 2015 — A famous TIME magazine article in the 1990’s featured a cover with Bob Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Larry Summers as “the committee to save the world” and inspired the next generation of economists to pursue public service…

Unlocking Labor and Skills Data for America: A Roundtable Discussion with Business and Policy Leaders

March 5, 2015 — Job creation has been a priority of the Obama administration — the U.S. has seen over 10 million jobs created since President Obama took office. To aid these largely private sector efforts, the administration has worked to make…

Transforming Healthcare Delivery through More Open Data

March 5, 2015 — Last week at Harvard Kennedy School, we hosted a roundtable of several dozen healthcare leaders to discuss how better use of data can lead to improved care, smarter spending, and healthier people. By conversation’s end, leaders from…

Miami Herald Wins the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

March 3, 2015, Cambridge, MA – The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center has been awarded to Carol Marbin Miller, Audra Burch, Mary Ellen Klas, Emily Michot, Kara Dapena and Lazaro Gamio of the Miami Herald…

Matthew Baum: News coverage of civil conflict Is biased in both democracies and autocracies

February 26, 2015 — Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communication at the Harvard Kennedy School, writes about his recent research examining global news coverage of the Libyan civil war in The Washington Post. Using data published in 2,252 newspapers in 113…

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