Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center

Alex Jones: Journalism in the Era of ISIS and Ferguson

Alex Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, speaks about the dangers facing journalists both abroad in Syria and at home in places like Ferguson, Missouri. Part of the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast series.

Peter Hamby

First Look: HAMBYCAST!

CNN’s resident Boy on the Bus, Peter Hamby, former Joan Shorenstein Fellow, is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens with the launch of [a weekly] Hambycast….In the debut episode, Hamby proves he has the best job in journalism as he cracks a beer with college football fans, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, while tailgating at the University of South Carolina. … [P]roduced in partnership by CNNPolitics and CNN Digital Studios. Continue reading…

Foreign Correspondent by HDS Greenway

Book Review: “Foreign Correspondent” by H.D.S. Greenway

John Maxwell Hamilton reviews the new book Foreign Correspondent by former Shorenstein Fellow H.D.S. Greenway in The Boston Globe: “In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock released a film loosely based on ‘Personal Affairs,’ the autobiography of the brilliant and colorful journalist Vincent Sheean. The film’s opening dedication apotheosized the American foreign correspondent — ‘To those intrepid ones who went across the seas to be the eyes and ears of America.’ Now we have a memoir that takes the title of Hitchcock’s film and provides a thought-provoking counterpoint to it.” Continue reading…

Martin F. Nolan

Obama’s Kennedy

Former Fellow Martin F. Nolan in the Boston Globe: “Five years ago, the president lost his only real friend in Congress. It was a sad day for Massachusetts, for the Democratic Party, for civility in Washington, D.C., and, most of all, a sad day for Barack Obama and his administration.” Continue reading…

Former Sun Editor Alex Jones Inducted Into Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

MURFREESBORO — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex S. Jones, a native of Greeneville and a former editor of The Greeneville Sun, was one of six veteran Tennessee journalists inducted Tuesday into the second class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame….

Last Call: The end of the printed newspaper

Former Visiting Murrow Lecturer Clay Shirky writes in Medium about the decline of newspapers: “If you are a journalist at a print publication, your job is in danger. Period. Time to do something about it.” Continue reading…

Crawford: How a small town in Maine is saving the Internet

Former Visiting Stanton Professor Susan Crawford in Bloomberg View: “Rockport, Maine, population 3,321, is trying to solve the existential dilemma of small-town America: How do you get people like Meg Weston’s students to stick around?” Continue reading…

Michael Ignatieff: The Post-Ukraine World Order

Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, delivered the 50th Annual Lecture at the Ditchley Foundation: The Post-Ukraine World Order.

Deborah Amos: The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond

Former Fellow Deborah Amos, author of Eclipse of the Sunnis, talks to NPR’s Melissa Block about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so: The…

Jeffrey Seglin receives Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jeffrey Seglin, Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the HKS Communications Program, was awarded the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Voted by the Kennedy School student body, it recognizes the faculty member’s dedication to students, excellence…

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