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.

Soft Power and Hard Views: How American Commentators are Spreading over the World’s Opinion Pages

A paper by Julia Baird, spring 2005 fellow, examines the export of American thought by documenting the presence of American columnists on newspaper opinion pages around the world in the 2000s. Baird assesses what impact, if any, 9/11 and the…

The Role of Georgia’s Media — and Western Aid — in the Rose Revolution

A paper by David Anable, fall 2005 fellow, examines the role of the Georgian media in the country’s Rose Revolution and the impact that Western media development aid played in enabling this to occur. It also looks at what has…

News Consumption and the New Electronic Media

A paper by Douglas Ahlers, spring 2005 fellow, looks at the hypothesized shift of news consumption from the traditional media to the online news media. Ahlers argues that the hypothesized mass migration of news consumption behavior is not supported by…

Death in Wartime: Photographs and the “Other War” in Afghanistan

A paper by Barbie Zelizer, spring 2004 fellow, addresses the formulaic dependence of the news media on images of people facing impending death. Considering one example of this depiction – U.S. journalism’s photographic coverage of the killing of the Taliban…

Measuring Media Diversity: Problems and Prospects

A paper by Richard Schultz, spring 2005 fellow, analyzes the debate surrounding the FCC’s Diversity Index and explores the question of how to best measure media diversity. Given the centrality of media diversity as a longstanding policy goal of the…

The Reporters

Alex Sanders, fall 2004 fellow, writes about his run for the Senate, as a Democratic nominee from South Carolina to succeed J. Strom Thurmond, and recounts his experience – mostly positive – with handling the press. The paper also draws…

“All Successful Democracies Need Freedom of Speech”: American Efforts to Create a Vibrant Free Press in Iraq and Afghanistan

A paper by David Rohde, spring 2005 fellow, examines American efforts to create a vibrant free press in Iraq and Afghanistan. A $200 million project in Iraq was the largest attempt ever by the United States, or any country, to…

Orwell Meets Nixon: When and Why “The Press” Became “The Media”

A paper by Martin F. Nolan, fall 2004 fellow, explores President Nixon’s antagonistic relationship with the press. He argues that Nixon sought to disarm his critics by changing “the press,” a Constitutionally protected form of expression, into “the media,” a…

Setting the Agenda: The New York Times’ Jayson Blair Report and its Impact on American Media

A paper by Seth Mnookin, spring 2004 fellow, examines the making and results of The New York Times’ Jayson Blair Report. The report helped demonstrate The New York Times’ power to shape the national news agenda, argues Mnookin, and in…

Are America and “Old Europe” Reconciled after the War in Iraq, and Does It Matter? An Examination of U.S. and European Reporting of the Outcome of the Presidential Election

A paper by Jacqueline Jones, fall 2004 fellow, examines whether the reelection of President George W. Bush left the alliance between the U.S. and Europe stronger or shattered. There was a huge appetite in European newspapers for stories on the…