Nick Sinai and Michele Norris

Seminars/Study Groups with Nick Sinai and Michele Norris

Data, Technology and Innovation in Government Seminar Series Led by Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Topics will include smart cities, government digital services, privacy and data portability, data journalism, and more….

Nick Sinai

Nick Sinai: Uncle Sam Needs More Geeks

January 21, 2015 — “One of President Obama’s guests at this year’s State of the Union address was Kathy Pham, a health IT expert formerly of Google and IBM. Pham recently joined the federal government to make it easier for…

Fall 2014 Fellows

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Applications Due February 2, 2015

The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and…

2015 Spring Fellows

Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2015 Fellows

January 13, 2015 — The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their Spring 2015 Fellows. “The line-up of Shorenstein Fellows for the spring semester is a group…

Alex Jones to leave Shorenstein Center July 1, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues, After fifteen years as Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, I have told Dean Ellwood I have decided that this academic year will be my last,…

Response to Charlie Hebdo Attack from Carnegie-Knight Consortium of Journalism School Deans

Using terror to intimidate and throttle free speech is not new. And it must not be allowed to succeed. We, as members of the Carnegie-Knight consortium of journalism schools, stand with all those who defy murderous efforts to silence a…

Nick Sinai: 2015: Year of the Chief Data Officer

January 8, 2015 — “If government agencies are going to act as open platforms, shouldn’t they follow the lead of platform companies like Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and aspiring tech platform start-ups?” Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, writes about…

Book Review: “The Lonely War” by Nazila Fathi

December 31, 2014 — Nahid Mozaffari reviews the new book The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran by former Shorenstein Fellow Nazila Fathi in The New York Times: “Nazila Fathi’s account of the turbulent years she spent in Iran…

Zachary Karabell: Will Politics in 2015 Catch Up with the Economy?

December 28, 2014 — Zachary Karabell, former Shorenstein Fellow, author, and head of global strategy at Envestnet, writes about whether positive news and trends will impact political rhetoric in Politico Magazine. Read more…

Jill Dougherty: Crisis, what crisis? Putin’s marathon news conference

December 18, 2014 — Jill Dougherty, former Shorenstein Fellow and foreign affairs correspondent for CNN, covers Vladimir Putin’s most recent news conference. 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