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Media and Politics Must Reads, May 8, 2015

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Our weekly roundup of news found at the intersection of media, politics, policy and technology, from the Shorenstein Center and from around the web.

This Week at the Shorenstein Center

Deaths in Police Custody in the United States: Research Review. The case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man who died in police custody on April 19, 2015 — now ruled a homicide — has raised a number of questions about the treatment of racial minorities within the criminal justice system, as well as about patterns of arrest-related deaths more generally. Journalist’s Resource provides a roundup of relevant government and academic studies and statistics.

A Look Back at This Year’s Foreign Policy and National Security Talks. Leading journalists and political experts visited the Shorenstein Center this year to offer insight on some of today’s most pressing national security and foreign policy issues – from ISIS to cyberwar to disaster response. Hear audio and read highlights from Michael Crowley, Farnaz Fassihi, Jeffrey Goldberg, Juliette Kayyem, and David Sanger.

Broadening Coverage of Election 2016: Studies That Can Inform on Gender, Race, Voting, Technology and Inequality, from Journalist’s Resource.

Does Facebook Drive Political Polarization? Data science and Research, from Journalist’s Resource.

Baltimore Live Streams Riots with Periscope App. John Wihbey, Assistant Director for Journalist’s Resource, shared his thoughts about social media and uprisings in an article in The Globe and Mail.

News from Our Fellows

Campaign Coverage via Snapchat Could Shake Up the 2016 Elections. Peter Hamby, CNN political reporter and Shorenstein Fellow in spring 2013, has been hired by Snapchat to lead its news division. From The New York Times.

Six Words: “My Name is Jamaal … I’m White.” The latest installment of NPR’s “The Race Card Project” explores the impact of names. From Michele Norris, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow.

How Big Data Could Reshape the American Workforce. Aneesh Chopra, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, was interviewed by Vice News about the possibilities for public and private collaboration to better match job seekers with jobs.

Chief Data Officer: Insight into a Crucial Role for the Exabyte Age. Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, was interviewed by TechRepublic about the rise of CDO roles at major government agencies and departments.

List of News Media APIs. David Weinberger, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow, has started a list on Wikipedia of online news organizations that have created Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and he invites additions and corrections.

From around the Web

Views of News Coverage of Unrest in Baltimore, from Pew Research Center.

Micro-targeting is America’s Latest Political Export, from the Sunlight Foundation.

Five Election Coverage Tips from the Financial Times, from Poynter.

On U.K. Elections, the Talk on Twitter is Largely Negative, from Pew Research.

The Sources of Innovation in Political Communication: A Comparative Analysis of the Careers of Digital, Data, and Analytics Staffers on Republican and Democratic Presidential Campaigns and Partisan Firm Founding, 2004-2012. From Daniel Kreiss and Christopher Jasinski, at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

U.S. Voter Turnout Trails Most Developed Countries, from Pew Research Center.

The Facebook “It’s Not Our Fault” Study. Analysis of a new study about Facebook’s newsfeed and political polarization, from the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.

Rebuilding the Infrastructure for Independent Media, from Josh Stearns, Director, Journalism & Sustainability for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Judge Weighs in Favor of First Amendment by Striking Down “Silencing Act,” from Columbia Journalism Review.

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