Race & Gender

Tolbert traces digital inequality to lack of skills and money

April 5, 2011 — Caroline Tolbert has been researching and tracking digital literacy in the United States. As professor of political science at the University of Iowa, she studies the divide between the availability of Internet access and use of…

The Root’s Donna Byrd: How to grow online communities

March 22, 2011 — At a Shorenstein Center event, Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root, shared her experience in growing and engaging an online community. Byrd opened with a brief history of The Root. It was the “brainchild” of Washington Post…

Cheryl Contee describes ‘Harlem Renaissance 2.0’

November 30, 2010 — At a Shorenstein Center event, Cheryl Contee, partner at Fission Strategy and co-founder of the political blog Jack & Jill Politics, explored the “Rise of African-American Online Political Influentials.” Contee said that she sees herself not as…

Women and News: Expanding the News Audience, Increasing Political Participation, and Informing Citizens

This Shorenstein Center report includes transcripts from a conference sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, featuring keynote speeches from Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and Ellen Goodman, author and journalist, as well as research on women’s engagement with political…

Covering Crime in Washington, D.C.

A paper by Kimberly Gross, spring 2006 fellow, examines the nature of local television news coverage of crime and its effects on emotional response. Gross presents the results of a content analysis of two months of local television news coverage…

The Race Issue in Australia’s 2001 Election: A Creation of Politicians or the Press?

A paper by Paul Kelly, spring 2002 fellow, tells the story of the Tampa, of Australia’s new and punitive refugee policy in 2001, of the reaction and role of the country’s leading newspapers to this event, and their complex connections….

The American Media and Race Relations in an Interdependent World: A Report on the Shorenstein Center Conference on Race and the Press

On June 28, 2001, the Shorenstein Center sponsored a conference in Washington, DC on race and the press. The objective of the conference was to examine the complicated entwining of race and media from both local and national perspectives. Former…

No Seat at the Table: The Black-White Appearance Gap in the Election 2000 Story

A paper by Deborah Mathis, fall 2000-spring 2001 fellow, examines racial diversity in the media coverage after the Bush-Gore election in 2000. Between November 7, when voters reported to the polls, and December 13, when Gore finally conceded to Bush,…