2014 Goldsmith Prize winners

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting nominations due December 31, 2014

The annual Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting honors investigative reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. The winner receives $25,000, and five finalists receive $10,000. Apply…

Julia Baird

Julia Baird: Isolated No More: The Sydney Hostage Siege and a Nation’s Identity

December 16, 2014 — Julia Baird, journalist and former Shorenstein Fellow, writes about the Sydney hostage siege in The New York Times. Read more…

Nick Sinai

Nick Sinai: Data as Infrastructure

December 12, 2014 — Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, discusses the case for treating data as infrastructure, and how data is poised to significantly alter government, journalism, and the private sector. Read more…

Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, and Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation

Shorenstein Center to continue Carnegie-Knight Initiative in support of journalism education reform and knowledge building with new $1 million investment

Funding will help improve research and education tool, Journalist’s Resource, and support collaboration between journalism school deans Cambridge, Mass.—Dec. 11, 2014—Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy will update and improve Journalist’s Resource, a tool that connects journalists,…

Coalition of J-schools renews focus on strengthening journalism education

Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York recently announced continued funding for an ongoing effort to reform journalism education. Below, John Wihbey, the managing editor of Journalist’s Resource at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and…

Michael Ignatieff: I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

November 22, 2014 — Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School, writes about the importance of authenticity in politics in the New Republic. Read more…

Susan Crawford: Good data make better cities

November 18, 2014 — Susan Crawford, former Shorenstein fellow and current Harvard Law School professor, and Stephen Goldsmith, professor at Harvard Kennedy School, write about the possibilities of using big data to improve public services in the Boston Globe. Read more…

Nicco Mele named deputy publisher of L.A. Times

November 18, 2014 — Nicco Mele came to the Shorenstein Center as a visiting Murrow Lecturer in the spring of 2009.  He continued teaching at HKS/Shorenstein Center as an adjunct lecturer and has been a vital part of the Center,…

Yavuz Baydar: Barring Coverage, Assaults and Fear: New Reports Signal SOS for Turkish Media

November 10, 2014 —  Current Fellow Yavuz Baydar examines threats to freedom of the press in Turkey on Huffington Post. Read more…

Nazila Fathi: A New York Times Correspondent’s Story of Fleeing Iran with Her Family

November 5, 2014 —  Former Fellow Nazila Fathi writes in Vogue magazine about her coverage of Iran’s Green Movement protests for the New York Times — and about her subsequent relocation to Canada after being threatened by the Iranian government. Read more…

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