The Shorenstein Center’s Commentary Blog brings together original writing and articles written by Shorenstein Center experts to provide context, explainers, and new research on topics in the news. 

Americans in former Confederate states more likely to say violent protest against government is justified, 160 years after Gettysburg
June 28, 2023
Over the July Fourth long weekend, people will pour into the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,...
Commentary, News Business & Practice, Public Interest Journalism,
Muting Trump’s ‘megaphone’ easier said than done
June 23, 2023
Shorenstein Center professors Matthew Baum and Thomas Patterson talked to the Harvard Gazette about the...
Behavioral Decision Science, Commentary,
To have better disagreements, change your words – here are 4 ways to make your counterpart feel heard and keep the conversation going
June 1, 2023
According to Professor Julia Minson, focusing on your own behavior (rather than how you think or feel)...
At Harvard, Tom Hanks offered an increasingly rare moment of grace
May 31, 2023
Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs offers her commentary on the Most Trusted Person in America and...
A roadmap for TV coverage of the 2024 campaign
May 16, 2023
CNN might have lost its soul when it recently invited Donald Trump to a live town hall meeting, but it...
Commentary, Press Freedom,
Threats To Press Freedom In The COVID-19 Era
May 3, 2023
On World Press Freedom Day 2023, research fellow Anjuli R. K. Shere assesses the lingering impact of...
Commentary, News Business & Practice,
Expect more of the same from Fox News
April 26, 2023
Tucker Carlson is out - but Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and many others still carry the Fox News flag,...
Commentary, News Business & Practice,
In Defense, Again, of Paper (Newspapers, that is)
April 11, 2023
Shorenstein Center Advisory Board Member Cristine Russell endorses the indulgence of poring over newsprint...
The Historic—and Entirely Predictable—Indictment of Donald Trump
April 4, 2023
In this cover-story for Time, Nancy Gibbs reflects on where this moment lands in the annals of presidents...
Commentary, Local News, News Business & Practice,
Public radio can help solve the local news crisis – but that would require expanding staff and coverage
March 23, 2023
Professor Thomas Patterson explains why bolstering local public radio stations could be the key to solving...