Shorenstein Center’s First Draft Project Launches Free Course on Identifying Misinformation Online

Cambridge, MA—First Draft, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, has launched a free one-hour online course to teach journalists, students, and members of the general public basic tools to verify the…

Goldsmith Awards Panel 2018—Investigative Reporting: Making an Impact on Policy & Governance

A panel discussion with the finalists and special citation awardees for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Panelists discussed the making of their stories, which include coverage of the Russia investigation, injustice in the Chicago legal system, opioid addiction, sexual…

The science of fake news

With more Americans turning to social media as a primary source for news and information, the dangers posed by so-called ‘fake news’ are growing more significant. Reports of foreign influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are just one recent…

Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2018 with Martha Raddatz of ABC News

Transcript Nicco Mele: Good evening.  On behalf of the Shorenstein Center, I’d like to welcome you to the Goldsmith Awards, my favorite event all year long, the highlight of our year.  My name is Nicco Mele, and I’m director of…

Muddied Waters: Online Disinformation during Crisis Events

Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.  Recent public attention and debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of determining information veracity online. This is a complex and dynamic problem at…

Margaret Sullivan: The State of the Media in 2018

February 6, 2018— Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan discussed the challenge of covering President Trump, public trust in media, social media platforms and news, and more during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights of her…

#DigitalDeceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet

Over the past year, there has been rising pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to account for how bad actors are exploiting their platforms. The catalyst of this so-called “tech-lash” was the revelation in summer 2017 that agents of the…

Political Journalism in a Populist Age

A new paper by Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam, provides an overview of the types and causes of populist movements. He offers 10 tips…

2017 Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Nancy Gibbs: “The Divided States of America”

November 15, 2017 — Nancy Gibbs, editorial director of Time Inc. News Group and former editor of Time Magazine, delivered a thought-provoking speech on American values, political polarization, and the impact of social media and journalism. Also at the event, Kevin…

The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri: Satire and Comedy in the Age of Trump

November 7, 2017— Alexandra Petri, author of The Washington Post’s ComPost blog, brought laughs and her observations about comedy to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Center Director Nicco Mele, as well as the full…