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.

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Streaming War Won
April 29, 2019
Every era and every new medium — print, radio, television, cable, and the Internet — has found news essential to building and keeping audience. What does...
Campaigns, Elections & Parties, Discussion Papers, Papers, Politics & Government, Publications,
Assessing Campaign Quality: Was the 2016 Presidential Campaign a Travesty?
April 18, 2019
By Roderick P. Hart, Fall 2018 Shorenstein Fellow and Shivers Chair in Communication and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin This essay...
Discussion Papers, Domestic Affairs, Government Institutions, Papers, Policy & Issues, Politics & Government, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Race & Gender,
Can Cities Save the Census? A Local Framework for Our Nation's First Digital Count
April 1, 2019
With trust in federal government and institutions at historic lows, local governments, including cities and counties, must play a critical role in the...
Business & Economics, Discussion Papers, International Affairs, Media Business, News Business & Practice, Papers, Policy & Issues, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Technology,
Broadband Everywhere
March 5, 2019
Internet access is coming to the other half of the planet through rapid expansion of broadband technologies. Media organizations that recognize the speed...
Discussion Papers, Journalistic Practice, Local News, News Business & Practice, Papers, Publications,
Reinventing Local TV News
February 12, 2019
The growing crisis in U.S. local news is making it increasingly urgent that local television outlets both improve the quality of news produced and chart...