Media & Politics Must Reads, January 8, 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

Are Women Underrepresented in News Coverage? From Journalist’s Resource.

How Using Search Engines Impacts Voter Decisions, from Journalist’s Resource.

Household Surveys: Problems, Usefulness in Collecting Data, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Fellows

International Broadcasting and the Information War. David Ensor, fall 2015 fellow and former director of the Voice of America, discussed the state of U.S. public diplomacy including international broadcasting and how Washington can win the “information war” against Russia, China, ISIS and other rivals. Watch the video on C-SPAN. Also see Ensor’s recent paper, Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism.

The Persistent Advocate: The New York Times’ Editorials and the Normalization of U.S. Ties with Cuba. A recent paper from Marie Sanz, fall 2015 fellow and senior correspondent for Agence France Presse, examines The New York Times’ editorials on U.S.-Cuba relations over the past five decades, and the role of the press in the restoration of relations between the two countries.

From around the Web

In 21 States, Local Newspapers Lack a Dedicated Reporter Keeping Tabs on Congress, from Pew Research.

Months after Twitter Revoked API Access, Politwoops is Back, Tracking the Words Politicians Take Back, from Nieman Lab.

New Online Polling Experiment for the Post-Landline Phone Era, from The New York Times.

California Public Media Stations Team Up for 2016 Election Coverage, from Current.

How Medium is Breaking Washington’s Op-Ed Habit, from Politico.

Why Do Fact-Checking Sites Close? And How Can New Ones Avoid that Fate? From Poynter.

If Sheldon Adelson Really Wants to Control the Press, He’s 100 Years Too Late, from Politico.

Here’s How Scientific Misinformation, Such as Climate Doubt, Spreads through Social Media, from The Washington Post.

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