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

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…

Masha Gessen

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…

What Matters to Kids: Children & the News

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…

2017 Goldsmith Seminar on Investigative Reporting

A panel discussion with the winner and finalists of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Journalists from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Wall Street Journal will discuss the making of their investigative…

The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era

Featuring William Kristol, editor at large, The Weekly Standard; Kathleen Kingsbury, managing editor, digital, The Boston Globe; Gerard Baker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal; Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief, The Huffington Post; David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, The New…

News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone…

2016 Theodore H. White Seminar on Press and Politics

A panel discussion about the 2016 election and news coverage featuring: Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow; political contributor to CBS News; former moderator of “Face the Nation” Nancy Kaffer, columnist, Detroit Free Press; winner of the 2016…

Sissela Bok: Secrets and Lies in Politics and Elections

November 1, 2016—Sissela Bok, writer, philosopher, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, provided a nuanced view on how lies and secrets in politics have impacted public trust and the 2016 election. Below…

Tim Wu: The Battle for Our Attention

October 25, 2016—Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch and professor at Columbia Law School, discussed his new book, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, during a conversation at the Shorenstein Center with Erie Meyer,…