The Press and Edward Kennedy: A Case Study of Journalistic Behavior

A paper by Neal Gabler, former Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2011), author and film critic, examines the quantity and nature of media coverage of Edward Kennedy over the course of his political career. Gabler analyzed press coverage of Edward M….

Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker: Reform the Presidential Election System to Promote Greater Civic Health

September 16, 2014 — Hendrik “Rick” Hertzberg, senior editor at the New Yorker and longtime political commentator, returned to the Shorenstein Center to discuss reform of presidential elections, advocating revision of the Electoral College system through a new state “compact”…

Covering Congress in a Challenging Political Landscape

April 2, 2013 – Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent for CNN, offered the Shorenstein Center an up-close view of Congress, and said that in reality, the notorious dysfunction and polarization is “much worse” than it appears on the news.

Hyperpartisanship will impact Obama’s legacy, says Daily Beast’s Tomasky

February 26, 2013 – Political analyst Michael Tomasky, who writes for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about President Obama’s legacy, and how it compares to Reagan’s. There is not a clear comparison yet, Tomasky said, but…

White House reporter looks at Obama’s term in office

January 31, 2012 — Alexis Simendinger, White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about President Obama and his administration. Simendinger outlined four areas that the president himself has identified as needing improvement: communicating effectively, focusing on what…

Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

Vivek Kundra Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com; Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A Shift in Power In the information economy, data is power and we face a…

Reflections on Public Service

Vivek Kundra, fall 2011 fellow, shares his reflections on public service, which included the positions of the first U.S. Chief Information Officer in President Obama’s administration, Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty’s cabinet in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce…

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…

Restoring Comity to Congress

Charles Gibson Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2010 Former anchor, ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt It should not be surprising that long-time members of Congress talk nostalgically about “the old days” when friendships…

Ants at the Picnic: A Status Report on News Coverage of State Government

Gene Gibbons Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Former Executive Editor, Stateline.org Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Introduction I borrowed a wonderful quote from Ross Ramsey, managing editor of The Texas Tribune, for the title of this discussion paper….