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Media & Politics Must Reads, October 23, 2015

October 22, 2015

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

Garance Franke-Ruta: Women, the Media and Campaign 2016. Garance Franke-Ruta, editor in chief of Yahoo Politics and former Shorenstein Center Fellow, discussed the current state of women in politics and political media. Read more and listen to audio.

Nadine Strossen: “Free Expression: An Endangered Species on Campus?” Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and former ACLU president, delivered the eighth annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press, where she expressed her concerns that the over-regulation of sexual expression on college campuses is having a chilling effect on academic freedom. Read more in The Atlantic and watch the video.

Factors Affecting Minority-Voter Turnout: Research, from Journalist’s Resource.

How Does Social Media Use Influence Political Participation and Civic Engagement? A Meta-Analysis, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Trudeau Trounces the Politics of Enmity. Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, writes in the Financial Times that Justin Trudeau triumphed in Canada’s general election because voters wanted not only “a change of regime but also because Canadians wanted a change of politics” – a prime minister willing to work with adversaries. Read more in the Financial Times (subscription required).

War Correspondent Recounts Experience Reporting on ISIS. “Gasps from the audience filled the room during a Kennedy School of Government seminar Monday afternoon as BBC foreign correspondent Paul Wood played video of himself and his news crew under attack in Syria in 2014. Images of assault rifles and dusty streets flashed across the bouncing camera lens as Wood and his crew fled for cover in a nearby basement from the fighting.” The Harvard Crimson covers this week’s Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, featuring Paul Wood, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow.

Even Corporate America Wants Campaign Finance Reform to Stop Crony Capitalism. Zephyr Teachout, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Shorenstein Center in 2010, writes about a new study backed by big business that argues that political lobbying is harming the American economy.

Melinda Henneberger Joins Roll Call As Editor in Chief and Vice President. Henneberger was a spring 2013 fellow, and joins Roll Call from Bloomberg Politics, where she covered the 2016 presidential campaign as a senior writer.

From around the Web

With Joe Biden out, Media Frenzy Fizzles, from CNN.

Republicans to Charge Media $150 Fee for Seats to Cover 2016 Convention, from U.S. News & World Report.

How BuzzFeed Canada Covered the Election, One Gif at a Time, from The Canadian Journalism Project.

Do BuzzFeed’s Native Political Ads Cross a Line? From Columbia Journalism Review

Twitter CEO Suggests Politwoops Might Return, from Politico.

Why FOIA’s Speed Clause is Broken, from Columbia Journalism Review.

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