The Promise and Peril of the Internet

May 16, 2014 – As part of Harvard Kennedy School’s IDEASpHERE conference, the Shorenstein Center hosted a discussion with Morra Aarons-Mele, MC/MPA 2008, founder of Women Online, and Nicco Mele, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. The discussion centered around how the Internet has fostered a shift from institutions to individuals, and the power of a personal digital persona.

Putin, Crimea—Back to the USSR?

April 28, 2014 – “Putin, Crimea—Back to the USSR? Approaches to Prevent, Resolve and Transform Conflict in US-Russian Relations.” Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution with Bruce Allyn, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Adjunct Faculty member at the…

Julia Angwin: How To Protect Your Private Data Online

April 22, 2014 – In the midst of constant tracking and data mining from both the commercial and government spheres, is the whole idea of privacy dead? To find answers, Julia Angwin, senior reporter for ProPublica, forged a trail through the latest technology advancements to find out if she could still engage online in a meaningful way, while protecting important private data.

Media Bias, Partisanship and What It Means for Democracy

April 17, 2014 – How are partisan media sources affecting the character of democracy? How extreme is media bias? What does the latest, deepest research say about these questions? These topics were the focus of the 2014 Partisan Media Seminar…

Facts and Propaganda at War in Syria’s Chaotic Media Landscape, says NPR’s Deborah Amos

April 15, 2014 – Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent for NPR, said that in Syria, “there are at least five different wars” going on simultaneously. “It is the most complicated of all the conflicts in the Middle East,” yet the media is criticized for not getting it right.

Partisanship in the Non-Partisan Press

April 10, 2014 – “Partisanship in the Non-Partisan Press: The Implications of Media Bias for Democracy.” Partisan Media Seminar Series with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and Jesse Shapiro, Professor of…

Digital Tools Can Help Journalists Cover Complexity of Climate Change, Says Andrew Revkin

April 9, 2014 – Reporting on the issue of climate change has posed many challenges to journalists such as Andrew Revkin, who writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. At the Shorenstein Center on Wednesday, Revkin explained why the complexity of the issue and the limits of news models make for a difficult job, and how digital tools can provide answers.

Boston Globe Editor Says Business Model Is Broken—But Journalism Is Not

April 8, 2014 – What is the future of the newspaper industry? Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, offered key insights and predictions at the Shorenstein Center on Tuesday. While the news business has changed dramatically in recent years, there are positive signs for the future, he said.

Media plays large role in shift from hard to soft power, says Knesset member Nachman Shai

April 1, 2014 – Nachman Shai, a former journalist who currently serves as a member of the Knesset, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the rise of “soft power” as the dominant force in “asymmetric confrontations” between strong and weak powers.

In Six Words, The Race Card Project Has Begun a Different Conversation about Race

March 11, 2014 – What started as an experiment with 200 postcards turned into a life-changing project for Michele Norris, host and special correspondent for NPR. She started the Race Card Project as a way to begin a new conversation about race and cultural identity, and now thousands of submissions from postcards, the web and Twitter all make up a large database of thoughts, ideas and voices.