Discussion Papers

Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are written by fellows and visiting scholars. They are works of academic writing related to the Center’s core research initiatives, and are published by the Center with the goal of getting new ideas and research into the public eye.

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or of Harvard University.

Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in this series to elicit feedback and to encourage debate on important issues and public policy challenges.

Discussion Papers are published under the Kennedy School’s Open Access policy. Papers may be downloaded and will remain available to the public for free on our website.

Business & Economics, Discussion Papers, Papers, Policy & Issues, Publications, Technology,
The Commercialization of Decision-Making: Towards a Regulatory Framework to Address Machine Bias over the Internet
April 24, 2020
This paper was originally published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dipayan Ghosh is a Shorenstein Fellow and co-director of the Center’s...
Discussion Papers, Local News, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Papers, Publications,
Preserving America’s Thought Leader Magazines
March 25, 2020
Heidi Legg is a long-time journalist who founded a digital local news startup, TheEditorial.com, before joining the Shorenstein Center as Director of Special...
Campaigns, Elections & Parties, Discussion Papers, Journalistic Practice, News Business & Practice, Papers, Public Interest Journalism, Publications,
Hanging by a Thread: Serialized Narratives in a Post-Factual Era
March 11, 2020
In today’s media saturated culture, storytelling itself has become the story. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure moment, and the stories we choose - and...
Discussion Papers, Policy & Issues, Publications, Tech Policy,
Key Elements and Functions of a New Digital Regulatory Agency
February 12, 2020
This Policy Paper is part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate ideas about regulation of major technology...
Discussion Papers, Journalistic Practice, Local News, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Papers, Publications,
Case Study: Mother Jones
December 9, 2019
Creating a Thriving Legacy News Magazine through Mission, Strategy, and Experimentation Case Study co-published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics...
Discussion Papers, Local News, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Publications,
Can Public Media Help Fix Market Failures in Local News?
December 4, 2019
The Public Media Merger project is taking an in-depth look at the public media/digital newsroom mergers across the country in the last decade, to understand...
Discussion Papers, Journalistic Practice, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Publications,
The Commons: Student Workshop Reimagines Political Media
December 3, 2019
The Commons is a prototype of an imagined news outlet covering U.S. politics. It is the product of an eight-week discussion workshop this fall at...
Discussion Papers, Local News, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Papers, Publications,
A Landscape Study of Local News Models Across America
July 3, 2019
Local journalism is in crisis, off and online. Years of downsizing in the face of digital disruption have weakened regional and local news organizations....
Discussion Papers, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Papers, Publications,
Small is Beautiful
June 3, 2019
The decline of the legacy media started long before the Internet, but the Internet exposed a business model that relied too heavily on the wrong customers....
Discussion Papers, Disinformation, International Affairs, Journalistic Practice, Papers, Publications, War, Defense & Security,
Understanding Douma
May 14, 2019
The New Media Propaganda Wars and the Value of a Second Draft Read the paper A new paper by James Harkin, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall, 2018) and Director...