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Environmental Justice? Unjust Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis

A new paper by Derrick Z. Jackson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016), Boston Globe essayist, and a climate and energy writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines the failure of national media outlets to respond to the Flint water crisis…

Sarah Kliff: Health Care Policy in the Media

Sarah Kliff: Health Care Policy in the Media

March 29, 2016 — Sarah Kliff, deputy managing editor for visuals at Vox, discussed media coverage of the Affordable Care Act, what’s next for health care policy, and Vox’s approach to covering policy. Kliff, whose work has included coverage for…

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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…

Controversy! A Reporter’s Perspective On Global Climate & Energy Debates with Coral Davenport

Controversy! A Reporter’s Perspective On Global Climate & Energy Debates with Coral Davenport

February 9, 2016 — Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for The New York Times, discussed her coverage of climate change policy, how the beat is changing, and how to make the subject matter interesting and relatable to readers. Davenport…

Sexism, Science and Science Writing: Promoting Women Leaders in the Lab and Newsroom
Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion featuring: Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism Meg Urry, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Yale University Jennifer Bogo, Executive Editor, Popular Science Despite considerable progress, problems of gender bias, pay inequity, and sexual harassment persist in…

Digital Tools Can Help Journalists Cover Complexity of Climate Change, Says Andrew Revkin

April 9, 2014 – Reporting on the issue of climate change has posed many challenges to journalists such as Andrew Revkin, who writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. At the Shorenstein Center on Wednesday, Revkin explained why the complexity of the issue and the limits of news models make for a difficult job, and how digital tools can provide answers.

Nature’s Prophet: Bill McKibben as Journalist, Public Intellectual and Activist

A paper by Fall 2012 Fellow Matthew C. Nisbet examines the impact of “knowledge journalism” on the climate change debate.

Stories of Climate Change: Competing Narratives, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion 2001–2010

Frederick W. Mayer Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A decade that began with optimism for those advocating action to combat climate change ended in 2010 with dashed…

Modern Citizenship or Policy Dead End? Evaluating the Need for Public Participation in Science Policy Making, and Why Public Meetings May Not Be the Answer

A paper by Dietram A. Scheufele, fall 2010 fellow, analyzes the recent renaissance that consensus conferences and public meetings have experienced regarding the discussion of controversial emerging technologies. First, it outlines the policy history of consensus conferences and other forms of…

Pooley: States, corporations can lead the way on U.S. climate action

October 21, 2010 — When Eric Pooley started writing The Climate War three years ago, he didn’t think the book was going to be a “whodunit.” At the time, he recalled, the climate-change debate was shifting from scientific questions to…