Publications

The Shorenstein Center publishes reports and papers written by fellows, affiliated researchers, and faculty that examine themes associated with our core research initiatives. Papers by former fellows have added significantly to the body of research on the intersections of media, politics, and public policy.

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 Programs section of our website. You can also learn about our fellowships and faculty to learn more about the independent research happening at the Center.

Local News, News Business & Practice, Publications,
Solutions to America's Local Journalism Crisis: Consolidated Literature Review
October 12, 2021
By: Craig I. Forman, Schuster Media and Technology Fellow The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do...
Domestic Affairs, Environment, Health & Science, Faculty Research, Papers, Policy & Issues, Publications,
The COVID States Project Survey of U.S. Pandemic Opinions
September 16, 2021
The COVID States Project is a nationwide, 50-state survey of opinions related to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been in the field regularly since March,...
Discussion Papers, International Affairs, Press Freedom, Publications, Uncategorized, War, Defense & Security,
The Pen vs the AK-47: the Future of Afghan Media Under the Taliban
September 8, 2021
Written just prior to the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan, this new report from Shorenstein Center Fellow Samiullah Mahdi provides an overview...
Discussion Papers, Domestic Affairs, Papers, Policy & Issues, Politics & Government, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Technology,
A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership
February 25, 2021
The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School...
Discussion Papers, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Public Interest Journalism, Publications,
Public Media Mergers Playbook
January 14, 2021
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....
Discussion Papers, News Business & Practice, Policy & Issues, Publications, Race & Gender,
Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism
January 5, 2021
The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women's media....
Campaigns, Elections & Parties, Faculty Research, News Business & Practice, Papers, Politics & Government, Publications,
A Tale of Two Elections: CBS and Fox News’ Portrayal of the 2020 Presidential Campaign
December 17, 2020
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...
Environment, Health & Science, Faculty Research, Policy & Issues, Politics & Government, Publications,
COVID Survey Shows Widespread Economic Hardships
December 17, 2020
The latest report out from the COVID States Survey Project, co-lead by Professor Matthew Baum, finds widespread economic hardships facing a large percentage...
Domestic Affairs, Environment, Health & Science, Faculty Research, Publications,
Prof Matthew Baum's Covid States Project Shows MA Residents Support COVID Restrictions
December 8, 2020
The latest survey report out from the COVID States Project, co-authored by the Shorenstein Center's Professor Matthew Baum, shows that Massachusetts...
Environment, Health & Science, Faculty Research, Policy & Issues, Politics & Government, Publications,
The most important problem facing the country today
November 1, 2020
The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by...