Shorenstein Center Announces Fall 2019 Fellows

This semester the Shorenstein Center will welcome five new fellows to campus to conduct research and engage with students and the Harvard Kennedy School community. Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs says, “We are excited to welcome such a fascinating group…

Upcoming Events

Suraj Yengde

Suraj Yengde in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, HKS; Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe. Suraj Yengde is an award-winning scholar and activist from India. Suraj is the author of the bestselling book Caste…

The Politics of Difference: Race, Technology, and Inclusion

This panel brings together experts in the field of race, technology, media, and policy to converse on a range of topics from the recent public upheavals over facial recognition technology, increasing integratation into police and state surveillance tools, and the…

Comparative Approaches to Disinformation

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy are pleased to host this workshop on Comparative Approaches to Disinformation at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on October 4, 2019. This…

Featured Research

Digital Pay-Meter Playbook

The past half-decade has seen a digital subscription renaissance in the news publishing industry. Our research suggests publishers should invest in capabilities to engage in constant testing and experimentation in digital — to build engagement among digital audiences and ultimately convert engaged readers into paying subscribers.

Small is Beautiful

The decline of the legacy media started long before the Internet, but the Internet exposed a business model that relied too heavily on the wrong customers. This paper argues that subscription might be the only viable business model for digital media in the long run, but a small circulation might be large enough to make news outlets sustainable. Small is beautiful.

Streaming War Won header image with text

Every era and every new medium — print, radio, television, cable, and the Internet — has found news essential to building and keeping audience. What does news on streaming, direct-to-consumer, and social look like — and what it could look like in the future?

Featured Audio & Video

The Homecomers Podcast

Sarah Smarsh was a Spring 2018 Fellow at the Shorenstein Center. During her fellowship she began work on a podcast featuring voices from the American heartland, which has now been released as The Homecomers. The podcast continues many of the…

Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff is a journalist, historian, director of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology Program, and author of The Threat Matrix, the definitive account of Robert Mueller’s time as head of the FBI. In this episode of the Shorenstein Center’s…


Digital Governing/Governing Digital

Several of the Shorenstein Center’s flagship projects were featured in the latest edition of the Harvard Kennedy School magazine. This comprehensive overview of the school’s digital efforts includes our work on misinformation, digital platform regulation, and privacy. Read the full…

Adam Moss

Harvard students, both graduate students and undergrads, are encouraged to sign up for our fall semester workshop on building a better political media with Walter Shorenstein Fellow Adam Moss, former Editor-in-Chief of New York Magazine.