Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O’Neil—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

October 4, 2016—Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of the new book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, discussed how some algorithms can have an invisible, but important and destructive impact on people’s lives. Decisions…

Goldsmith panel 2016

2016 Goldsmith Seminar on Investigative Reporting

A panel discussion with the winner and finalists of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting: Robin McDowell, The Associated Press; Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post; Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times; Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times; Lisa Song, InsideClimate News; Jon Swaine, Guardian US; and Thomas Patterson, Shorenstein Center interim director…

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier: The Digital Economy Since Who Owns The Future?

October 8, 2015 — Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and author of Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget, discussed how the current digital economy, driven by automation and efficiency, is on track to leave large segments of…

Anatomy of a Global Investigation: Collaborative, Data-Driven, Without Borders

Anatomy of a Global Investigation: Collaborative, Data-Driven, Without Borders

A paper by William E. Buzenberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and former Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, explores the need for and impact of international collaborations among news outlets. Buzenberg argues that although our world – and…

Reporting on the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the Next One

A new paper by Robert Lenzner, Spring 2014 Fellow and contributor to Forbes Media, examines why the media failed to detect the warning signs of the 2008 financial crisis – and how it can avoid missing them the next time…

Jeff Madrick: “Seven Bad Economic Ideas and How They’ve Hurt Us All”

November 20, 2014 — Jeff Madrick, editor of Challenge magazine, contributing editor at Harper’ s, and former Shorenstein fellow, discussed the widely-adopted yet, in his view, faulty ideas that have dominated U.S. economic policy in recent decades. Drawing on his…

The Media and Markets: How Systematic Misreporting Inflates Bubbles, Deepens Downturns and Distorts Economic Reality

A paper by Fall 2013 Fellow Stefan Theil looks at the systematic mistakes that editors and reporters repeatedly make when they cover the economy.

Media Narratives Paint a False Picture of Gender Equality, Argue Authors Rivers and Barnett

February 18, 2014 – In their book, The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men—and Our Economy, authors Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett argue that while strides have been made over the years in the area of gender…

Bloomberg’s Exec. Editor Focused on Transparency in Financial Reporting

October 1, 2013 – Financial reporting is crucial to a fair and functioning democracy, said Laurie Hays, Senior Executive Editor for Beat Reporting at Bloomberg News. The challenge that financial reporters face, she said, is presenting complex economic issues in a way…

Growing safety net and increased workforce are keys to reducing deficit, says Economist’s Greg Ip

March 12, 2013 – At a Shorenstein Center event on Tuesday, Greg Ip, U.S. economics editor for The Economist and author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, made the “liberal case for…