Fall 2016 Fellows

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…

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series: David Fahrenthold

David A. Fahrenthold is a reporter at The Washington Post covering politics. He has recently won acclaim for his coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election, particularly his investigations of Donald J. Trump’s charitable foundation and philanthropic giving, for which he received…

Richard Stengel

This session is part of the four-week study group series, The Global Information War, led by Rick Stengel, Walter Shorenstein Fellow and former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Seminars are for Harvard students only (graduate and undergraduate), and…

Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2017

Save the date for the presentation of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Book Prize, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Featured Research

Trump on newspaper front page

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone…

Mobile vs. Computer: Implications for News Audiences and Outlets

A new paper by Johanna Dunaway, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, examines how mobile technology – despite expanding internet access – is also contributing to a digital divide in news consumption….

Featured Audio & Video

2016 Theodore H. White Seminar on Press and Politics

A panel discussion about the 2016 election and news coverage featuring: Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow; political contributor to CBS News; former moderator of “Face the Nation” Nancy Kaffer, columnist, Detroit Free Press; winner of the 2016…

Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Larry Wilmore

This year’s Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics was delivered by comedian, producer and writer Larry Wilmore. The David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism was also awarded to Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press. Larry Wilmore’s talk starts at 15:09….


Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2017 Fellows

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School, is pleased to announce the appointment of its spring 2017 fellows. “Following one of the most remarkable presidential campaigns in American history, our…

Nicco Mele: All Journalism is Local

Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center, writes that after the election, “to get beyond celebrity- and pundit-driven news, newsrooms need to become civic reactors—hubs of community information and activity.” Read more in Nieman Reports.