Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic: The Challenges of Reporting on the Middle East

November 18, 2014 — Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for the Atlantic, discussed the increasing dangers of reporting on the Middle East and provided candid guidance for those who aspire to cover the region.

Michael Crowley of Time magazine: Traveling the globe and witnessing America’s changing role

October 7, 2014 — Michael Crowley, chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time magazine, gave a sweeping tour of a life spent covering stories from the Middle East to Mexico, revealing the tensions inherent in trips with government officials as well as the challenges…

BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder: Thinking of New Ways to Cover the World

September 23, 2014 — Putting the “new” back in “news” is the goal of BuzzFeed’s growing coverage of global affairs, said Miriam Elder, foreign editor for the online media outlet. BuzzFeed World, which started in August 2013, has been hiring…

Facts and Propaganda at War in Syria’s Chaotic Media Landscape, says NPR’s Deborah Amos

April 15, 2014 – Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent for NPR, said that in Syria, “there are at least five different wars” going on simultaneously. “It is the most complicated of all the conflicts in the Middle East,” yet the media is criticized for not getting it right.

Media plays large role in shift from hard to soft power, says Knesset member Nachman Shai

April 1, 2014 – Nachman Shai, a former journalist who currently serves as a member of the Knesset, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the rise of “soft power” as the dominant force in “asymmetric confrontations” between strong and weak powers.

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Covering Foreign Affairs While Keeping the Facts Straight

February 12, 2014 – Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” discussed the challenges of reporting on global issues in an ever-changing media environment.

Marvin Kalb warns against military strategy that inconsistently seeks approval of Congress

November 12, 2013 – The founding director of the Shorenstein Center and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Marvin Kalb spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the war powers of U.S. presidents and how the lack of congressional support has impacted military policy.

David Rohde of Reuters describes Sec. Kerry as ‘activist’ who takes risks

September 24, 2013 – A few hours after President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Shorenstein Center welcomed David Rohde, investigative journalist for Thomson Reuters, to speak about his observations in traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and how U.S. policy is changing in the Middle East.

Media Coverage of the Drone Program

In her Shorenstein Center paper, Fall 2012 Fellow Tara McKelvey examines the media coverage of the U.S. drone program in five major news outlets.