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Research Fellows Join the Shorenstein Center’s COVID States Project and Public Interest Tech Lab

A group of research fellows and post-doctoral fellows have joined the Shorenstein Center to work on several resident faculty-led projects. COVID States Project Fellows Matthew Baum, the Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications at Harvard Kennedy School, is one of the lead researchers on a multi-university collaborative effort to conduct polling related to the COVID-19 …

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Tracie Powell, Fall 2021 Shorenstein Center Research Fellow

Tracie Powell, expert on audience development, community engagement, philanthropy, and equity in journalism, joins the Shorenstein Center as a Fall 2021 Research Fellow. Tracie Powell is a leader in philanthropic efforts to increase racial equity and diversity in news media. She is the founder of The Pivot Fund, which seeks to support independent BIPOC community …

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Maria Ressa Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler.com, global press freedom advocate, and Fall 2021 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize today. In its announcement of the prize, which Ressa was awarded jointly with Russian journalist Dimitry Muratov, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, “Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for …

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The COVID States Project Survey of U.S. Pandemic Opinions

The COVID States Project is a nationwide, 50-state survey of opinions related to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been in the field regularly since March, 2020. It is run by a multi-university collaboration including Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern University, Rutgers University, Harvard Medical School, and Northwestern University. The Kennedy School’s Marvin Kalb Professor of Global …

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HKS Magazine: Professor Todd Rogers and the Behavioral Insights Group

Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and a new resident faculty member of the Shorenstein Center, was profiled in the latest issue of the Kennedy School Magazine. Learn about Rogers’ research into what makes for effective communication that moves people to action, and about BIG, the Behvioral Insights Group, which Rogers …

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Nancy Gibbs reflects on writing the TIME cover story about the September 11th attacks

“If you want to humble an empire it makes sense to maim its cathedrals. They are symbols of its faith, and when they crumple and burn, it tells us we are not so powerful and we can’t be safe,” begins the black-bordered TIME cover story published on September 14, 2001 – just days, and a …

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Technology and Social Change Project Announces 2021-2022 Fellows

The Technology and Social Change Project at the Shorenstein Center is pleased to announce the following new and returning fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year. New Fellows Dr. Brooklyne Gipson is an interdisciplinary communication scholar whose research areas include: digital and social media environments, Black feminist digital/technology studies, and the intersection of race, gender, social media, …

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Dr. Joan Donovan’s work profiled in The Boston Globe

“Every day around 9 p.m., Joan Donovan bids her wife good night, heads into her home office — which she calls the “dungeon” — and binges white supremacist videos and conspiracy theories on YouTube. Donovan’s nightly ritual, which often lasts until 2 a.m., is difficult but essential to her research at Harvard Kennedy School. At …

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Welcoming Laura Manley

We are thrilled to announce that Laura Manley will be joining the Shorenstein Center as its next Executive Director. Laura is currently Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at Harvard Kennedy School, and is an experienced leader in higher education and non-governmental organizations, with over …

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Harvard Kennedy School Launches the Democracy and Internet Governance Initiative

Read this announcement also on the Belfer Center’s website. CAMBRDIGE, MA — Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy are launching the Democracy and Internet Governance Initiative (DIGI), a joint initiative to convene a range of stakeholders across government, business, and civil society …

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