Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh: Reporting on Rural America and Class

April 18, 2017—Sarah Smarsh, a reporter on socioeconomic class, politics, and policy for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Harper’s online, and other publications, discussed media coverage of class in the U.S. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Shorenstein…

Nicco Mele and Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara: The Future of the American Left

April 4, 2017—Bhaskar Sunkara, editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine, discussed his views on leftist politics in the United States during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from the conversation. Sunkara also discussed the intersection of…

Nicco Mele, Doug Elmendorf, and Richard Parker

Dean Doug Elmendorf: Understanding the Congressional Budget Office

March 22, 2017— Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2009-2015, discussed why the CBO exists, how it works, and how the media reports on its findings, in a conversation…

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya and Zack Exley: Understanding the Electorate

March 7, 2017— Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, and Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, discussed the role of race and class in the 2016 presidential election. Below are…

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…

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: 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

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…