Publications

PublicationsThe Shorenstein Center publishes reports and papers written by fellows and affiliated researchers and faculty that examine themes associated with press, media, politics and the making of public policy.

Papers by former fellows have added significantly to the body of research on press and politics. The Shorenstein Center has had more than 300 Fellows since 1986, and nearly all of the papers they wrote at the Center can be found in our Research Archives.

For information about our current research projects, which are large-scale research endeavors lead by resident scholars and faculty at the Center, visit the Research Areas of Focus section of our website.

You can also learn about our current fellows and affiliated faculty to learn more about the independent research happening at the Center.

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School orof Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Untying Knots: Episode 3 - Native Land Rights and the Ongoing Fight for Justice

Untying Knots: Episode 3 – Native Land Rights and the Ongoing Fight for Justice

Hosts: Erica Licht and Nikhil Raghuveera Featuring: Mari Halbutta (Chickasaw Nation) and Talia Landry (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)February 2021 In 2020, during the height of COVID-19, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was at the US Supreme Court fighting not just to survive a…

Public Media Mergers Playbook

Public Media Mergers Playbook

As local journalism continues to struggle to find a new economic footing, public media is one stalwart ally and anchor in the new local journalism landscape. This Playbook draws on a year of research to highlight one way public media stations and local, digital newsrooms can join forces to provide a new level of local service to their communities.

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel.com, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

A Tale of Two Elections: CBS and Fox News’ Portrayal of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Although it is often said that the United States today has a mainstream news system and a conservative news system, these labels don’t fully capture how CBS and Fox covered the 2020 campaign. Their coverage is the tale of two elections, says Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, in the latest installment of his decades-long research on campaign media coverage.

COVID Survey Shows Widespread Economic Hardships

The latest report out from the COVID States Survey Project, co-lead by Professor Matthew Baum, finds widespread economic hardships facing a large percentage of Americans in all states. 18% said they had been laid off or lost their job due…

Prof Matthew Baum’s Covid States Project Shows MA Residents Support COVID Restrictions

The latest survey report out from the COVID States Project, co-authored by the Shorenstein Center’s Professor Matthew Baum, shows that Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support policies to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, including business and school closures, cancelling public…

The most important problem facing the country today

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum wanted to find out which issues are, or will be, on voters’ minds as they enter…

Public opinion on government reaction to COVID-19

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum found found a remarkably consistent picture of public opinion: respondents prefer state governments over the federal…

Public health and Trump support

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum looked at the degree to which vote choice is associated with attitudes and behaviors regarding the…