Media & Politics Must Reads, January 22, 2016

January 21, 2016

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

Spring 2016 Events. Our weekly Speakers Series resumes for the spring semester with a lineup of all-star guests, including Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow; Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time magazine; E.J. Dionne, op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, and others. View our upcoming events.

Political Ads: The Effectiveness of Voice-Overs by Men, Women, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Fellows

Democrats Aim to Define Themselves, Damage Opponents in Last Debate. Judy Woodruff, fall 2005 fellow and PBS NewsHour anchor, leads a discussion about the takeaways from the January 16 Democratic debate.

Citizens United and Its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision. Fred Wertheimer, fall 1996 fellow and president of Democracy 21, reflects on the 6th anniversary of the Citizens United ruling, arguing that it has corrupted the electoral process, with “500 million in secret contributions” having been injected into federal elections since the decision.

Nicco Mele Named New Wallis Annenberg Chair. Nicco Mele, Shorenstein Center advisory board member and former lecturer at the Center, will draw on digital and traditional media experience in his new USC Annenberg post.

Snapchat Taps Two Content Execs for New Duties on Live Stories. Peter Hamby, spring 2013 fellow, who joined Snapchat last April to lead its news efforts, will expand his oversight to another department, Local Stories. Also listen to audio from Hamby’s recent talk about Snapchat in the 2016 election. 

From around the Web

PBS Teams with NPR for 2016 Election Programming, from Variety.

RNC Replaces NBC with CNN for February Debate, from Politico.

As Jason Rezaian Goes Free, Press Freedom Worldwide Remains Imperiled, from Poynter.

One Year after Charlie Hebdo, Will Press Freedom Become Victim of War on Terror? From MediaShift.

Bill Would Require South Carolina Journalists to Register, from Associated Press.

Clinton Media Campaign Follows BuzzFeed Model, from USA Today.

With Capitol and Campaign Hound, UNC Students are Learning the Sales Side of Media (and It’s Not Easy), from Nieman Lab.

Crowdfunded Journalism: A Small but Growing Addition to Publicly Driven Journalism, from Pew Research Center.

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