Public Interest Journalism

The Shorenstein Center’s Commentary Blog brings together original writing and articles written by Shorenstein Center experts to provide context, explainers, and new research on topics in the news. 

Commentary, News Business & Practice, Public Interest Journalism,
The Debate Was a Mess. What We Pay Attention to Next Is What Matters - Nancy Gibbs in TIME
June 28, 2024
This essay was originally published in TIME on June 28, 2024 Debates are a test of candidates; post debates...
Commentary, Documentary Film, Public Interest Journalism,
New podcast: A “thousand” ways to make a good documentary
December 13, 2023
In my 40-year career in film and video I’ve known and worked in circles of documentarians who admire...
Commentary, News Business & Practice, Public Interest Journalism,
Muting Trump’s ‘megaphone’ easier said than done
June 23, 2023
Shorenstein Center professors Matthew Baum and Thomas Patterson talked to the Harvard Gazette about the...
Commentary, Public Interest Journalism,
How the news media – long in thrall to Trump – can cover his new run for president responsibly
November 15, 2022
"If they are to serve the public interest, journalists cannot apply the ordinary rules for covering candidates,"...