Frederick W. Mayer: Narrative Politics: The Medium is the Story

November 19, 2014 — Frederick W. Mayer, professor of public policy, political science and environment at Duke University, discussed how storytelling plays a vital role in political and civic engagement.

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.

Bloomberg editor: Super PACs add negativity to primary race

March 20, 2012 – Super PACs (political action committees) and large donors have impacted the 2012 presidential race in surprising ways, said Jeanne Cummings, Government Team Deputy Editor for Bloomberg News, at a Shorenstein Center event. An unexpected result of…

‘Flash’ politics value outsiders over experts, says Matt Bai

February 14, 2012 — The Tea Party movement shares “striking similarities” to the online progressive movement of 2004–2005, said Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Bai spoke to the Shorenstein Center about how these two…

Arab Spring not a revolution for women, says NPR journalist

February 7, 2012 — The revolutions during the Arab Spring have yielded disappointing results for women, said NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia‑Navarro at a Shorenstein Center event. While the events of Tahrir Square and across the Middle East provided women with…

NPR’s new journalism: @acarvin as anchor, tweeps as newsroom

Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist at NPR, spoke with Shorenstein Center Director Alex Jones and took questions at a brownbag lunch at the Harvard Kennedy School on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.

Alterman: U.S. democracy obstructs progressive change

March 29, 2011 — The problematic American democratic system is the subject of a new book by Eric Alterman, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama. Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate School of…

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…

The Role of Georgia’s Media — and Western Aid — in the Rose Revolution

A paper by David Anable, fall 2005 fellow, examines the role of the Georgian media in the country’s Rose Revolution and the impact that Western media development aid played in enabling this to occur. It also looks at what has…

Strategic Public Relations, Sweatshops, and the Making of a Global Movement

A paper by B.J. Bullert, fall 1999 fellow, examines communication tactics used by activists against multinational corporations. The 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle succeeded in linking labor, environmental concerns and human rights to the WTO, resulting in a…