Vann Newkirk

The Atlantic’s Vann R. Newkirk II on Race and Media in 2017

September 19, 2017— Vann R. Newkirk II, staff writer for The Atlantic, discussed Charlottesville, Jemele Hill’s remarks about President Trump, and the media’s shortcomings in its coverage of racial issues, among other topics, during a visit to the Shorenstein Center….

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr. on One Nation After Trump, Media, the Economy, and Progressivism

September 12, 2017—E.J. Dionne, Jr., political writer for The Washington Post, and William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor, discussed his forthcoming book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, co-authored by…

Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh: Reporting on Rural America and Class

April 18, 2017—Sarah Smarsh, a reporter on socioeconomic class, politics, and policy for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Harper’s online, and other publications, discussed media coverage of class in the U.S. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Shorenstein…

Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler: The Right-Wing Media Ecosystem

April 5, 2017—Yochai Benkler, professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, discussed his recent study on conservative media and the 2016 election, which analyzed more than 1.25 million stories…

Marvin Kalb on Current Challenges to the Freedom of the Press

On March 30, 2017, Marvin Kalb, former Shorenstein Center director, delivered commentary on the threats to U.S. democracy posed by the Trump administration. The talk was sponsored by the Press Freedom Committee of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Transcript…

Bhaskar Sunkara: The Future of the American Left

April 4, 2017—Bhaskar Sunkara, editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine, discussed his views on leftist politics in the United States during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from the conversation. Sunkara also discussed the intersection of…

Masha Gessen on Russia and Trump, Media Coverage, and Conspiracies

March 28, 2017— Masha Gessen, author and New York Times contributing opinion writer, shared her views on Presidents Trump and Putin, and words of caution for journalists covering the Trump administration’s alleged connections to Russia, during a visit to the…

Dean Doug Elmendorf: Understanding the Congressional Budget Office

March 22, 2017— Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2009-2015, discussed why the CBO exists, how it works, and how the media reports on its findings, in a conversation…

What Matters to Kids: Children & the News

A panel discussion with: Jill Abramson, Former Executive Editor, The New York Times Noah Oppenheim, President, NBC News Sacha Pfeiffer, Journalist, Boston Globe, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist and Radio Host Jim Steyer, Founder & CEO, CommonSense.org and Adjunct Professor, Stanford University Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer on…

Farai Chideya and Zack Exley: Understanding the Electorate

March 7, 2017— Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, and Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, discussed the role of race and class in the 2016 presidential election. Below are…