Joan Shorenstein Fellows, Spring 2016
Johanna Dunaway is a newly appointed associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University. She was on the faculty of Louisiana State University from 2008 to 2015. Over the course of her career she has written extensively on the relationship between the structural and contextual features of media outlets and news content. Her current research examines the impact of the changing contemporary media environment across individuals, groups, and local communities. While at the Shorenstein Center, Dunaway will write about Latino voters through the lens of the changing media environment.
Joanna Jolly is the BBC’s South Asia editor, based in London, who was also recently assigned to the BBC’s Washington bureau as a feature reporter. Over the past decade she has worked as a radio producer in London, Brussels and Jerusalem. Jolly has also spent several years based in South Asia, first as the regional producer in Delhi and later as the BBC Nepal correspondent in Kathmandu. Jolly specializes in radio documentaries and long-form journalism. She won the 2015 Amnesty International Award (radio) for the BBC documentary “Red River Woman.” While at the Shorenstein Center, Jolly will explore how media campaigns around sexual violence shape public policy.
Paper: Rape Culture in India: The Role of the English-Language Press
Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University who writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab, WGBHNews.org and various other publications. His book The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age examines online local and regional journalism. Kennedy is also a former online columnist for The Guardian and was the media columnist for The Boston Phoenix. His blog, Media Nation, covers issues related to journalism, politics and culture. While at the Shorenstein Center, Kennedy will write about strategies that could change the fortunes of the declining newspaper business.
Paper: The Bezos Effect: How Amazon’s Founder Is Reinventing The Washington Post – and What Lessons It Might Hold for the Beleaguered Newspaper Business
Marilyn Thompson is a deputy editor at Politico, working to expand investigative reporting capacities. Prior to her role at Politico she served as Washington bureau chief for Reuters and as national editor for The Washington Post. She left the Post in 2003 to serve as editor and vice president of the Lexington Herald-Leader, later returning to Washington as deputy bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. In addition to her career as an editor, Thompson has also worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. While at the Shorenstein Center, Thompson will examine money, politics and the press in 2016.
Paper: The Dream is Dead: Can Taxpayer Money Save Presidential Campaigns?