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The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to present the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to:  “Mississippi’s Dangerous and Dysfunctional Penal System” by Joseph Neff, Alysia Santo, Anna Wolfe, and Michelle Liuof The Marshall Project, Mississippi…

Upcoming Events

Epistemic Motivations, Political Identity, and Misperceptions about COVID and the 2020 Election

Part of the Speaker Series on Misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is a Professor of Communication and Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware…

Power to the Public

Please join us for a book talk with the authors of “Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology.” This discussion with Tara Dawson McGuinness and Hana Schank is sponsored by the new HKS Public Interest Tech Lab…

Tips for Academics about Talking to Journalists

Join the Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) for a training session for academics on talking to journalists. Dr. Joan Donovan will host this conversation with a panel of journalists, including Emily Dreyfuss (formerly of WIRED), Michelle Loxton (KAZU), and Mario…

Featured Research

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

A Tale of Two Elections, by Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School

Although it is often said that the United States today has a mainstream news system and a conservative news system, these labels don’t fully capture how CBS and Fox covered the 2020 campaign. Their coverage is the tale of two elections, says Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, in the latest installment of his decades-long research on campaign media coverage.

Featured Audio & Video

Jennifer Pan

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Part of the Speaker Series on Misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, and an Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University. Her research…


HKS Misinformation Review Special Issue: Propaganda Analysis Revisted

The HKS Misinformation Review’s latest special issue presents peer-reviewed articles that place the current field of misinformation research into historical perspective. Guest edited by A.J. Bauer (University of Alabama) and Anthony Nadler (Ursinus College).