Papers

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

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Public Media Mergers Playbook

Public Media Mergers Playbook

As local journalism continues to struggle to find a new economic footing, public media is one stalwart ally and anchor in the new local journalism landscape. This Playbook draws on a year of research to highlight one way public media stations and local, digital newsrooms can join forces to provide a new level of local service to their communities.

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel.com, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

A Tale of Two Elections, by Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School

A Tale of Two Elections: CBS and Fox News’ Portrayal of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Although it is often said that the United States today has a mainstream news system and a conservative news system, these labels don’t fully capture how CBS and Fox covered the 2020 campaign. Their coverage is the tale of two elections, says Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, in the latest installment of his decades-long research on campaign media coverage.

Conveying Truth: Independent Media in Putin’s Russia

A new report from Shorenstein Center Fellow Ann Cooper describes the origins and evolution of independent media in Russia from the late Soviet era to the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

Access to and belief in accurate COVID-19 information varies, according to new survey

The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States’ latest survey results show decreasing trust in government institutions and the police to handle the COVID-19 outbreak, and increasing partisan divides in opinions about the response. In a new…

State Results of May Survey Show 60% of Americans Support Expanding Vote by Mail

The second round of a multi-university project to survey people in all 50 states about their opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic response focused on public opinion around increasing access to vote by mail (VBM) for the upcoming Presidential elections. 60%…

Understanding Misinformation on Mobile Instant Messengers (MIMs) in Developing Countries

This mixed-methods research project in Nigeria, India, and Pakistan consisted of surveys, survey experiments, and semi-structured interviews, designed to better understand the spread and impact of misinformation, and in particular of misinformation on mobile messaging apps (MIMs).

New Round of COVID-19 Survey Shows Continued High Support for Policies, Increasing Partisan Divides

The second round of the multi-university project to survey public opinion on COVID-19 response measures in all 50 states was released today. It shows continued high rates of support for state government responses to the crisis, as well as for…

Building Compelling Value Propositions for Digital Media Subscriptions and Memberships

This is a student-authored paper which was written under the mentorship of Harvard Kennedy School faculty members. It has not undergone formal review and is published here for discussion purposes and to highlight the work of Kennedy School students. Korey…