Criminal Justice in the Age of Big Data

“Our criminal justice system isn’t as smart as it should be.” — President Obama, July 15, 2015 This summer, President Obama addressed the 106th NAACP convention to lay out the reasons we need to reform the criminal justice system. The numbers speak…

Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Jill Lepore

November 5, 2015 –  Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer for The New Yorker, delivered the 26th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, titled “The Press and the Polls.” The David Nyhan Prize for…

“They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing”
Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party

A paper by Jackie Calmes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and national correspondent for The New York Times, examines the increasing influence of conservative media on the Republican Party’s agenda. Calmes traces the history of conservative media, from its founding…

Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus?
Searching for a better way to cover a campaign

In a new paper released by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, Spring 2013 Fellow Peter Hamby, who covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential races for CNN, examines the challenges of reporting on a modern political race in today’s volatile online media ecosystem.