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Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

Executive Summary We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all…

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Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

Conference held February 17–18, 2017 Organized by Matthew Baum, David Lazer, and Nicco Mele Sponsored by         Final report written by David Lazer †‡, Matthew Baum ‡, Nir Grinberg †‡, Lisa Friedland †‡, Kenneth Joseph†‡, Will Hobbs…

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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…

Tim Wu: The Battle for Our Attention

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,…

The Bezos Effect: How Amazon’s Founder Is Reinventing The Washington Post – and What Lessons It Might Hold for the Beleaguered Newspaper Business

A new paper by Dan Kennedy, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, provides insight into The Washington Post’s digital strategy and business model following its acquisition by Amazon founder and…

Media and Politics: What’s Next? A Conversation with the Spring 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellows

April 19, 2016 — The Shorenstein Center hosted a conversation with its Spring 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellows: Johanna Dunaway, associate professor of communication, Texas A&M University; Joanna Jolly, South Asia editor and feature writer, BBC; Dan Kennedy, associate professor of…

Walter V. Robinson: Spotlight on Investigative Reporting

February 9, 2016 — Walter V. Robinson, editor at large for The Boston Globe, discussed the Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” and the future of investigative reporting. Robinson, played by Michael Keaton…

Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism

A paper by David Ensor, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and former director of the Voice of America (VOA), makes the case for protecting and strengthening VOA as an independent journalistic voice in order to increase American soft power. VOA’s…

Rick Kaplan: Entertainment, News and Politics

November 10, 2015 — Former fellow and TV news producer Richard N. Kaplan returned to the Shorenstein Center to discuss the 2016 election, including the debates and the role of the media, and the need for serious journalism. Kaplan has…

Garance Franke-Ruta: Women, the Media and Campaign 2016

October 20, 2015 — Garance Franke-Ruta, editor in chief of Yahoo Politics and former Shorenstein Center Fellow, discussed the current state of women in politics and political media. For the 2016 election cycle, “the picture is mixed” on the campaign…