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Media & Politics Must Reads, October 30, 2015

October 29, 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

Bob Schieffer Discusses the 2016 Debates, Candidates, and Role of the Media. Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, veteran CBS reporter, and former moderator of “Face the Nation,” discussed the nature of the presidential debates, the current field of presidential candidates, and political media in the second event in a series focusing on the 2016 election.

Shorenstein Center Screens Documentary Dateline-Saigon. The Harvard Crimson covers this week’s screening of the documentary, Dateline-Saigon, which profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who covered the early years of the Vietnam War. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Thomas D. Herman, film director; Bob Schieffer (the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to visit Vietnam); and Tom Patterson, acting director of the Shorenstein Center and a Vietnam War veteran.

Security and Privacy in the 21st Century: Policy Debates and Practical Tips at Harvard Kennedy School. What are the biggest cyber threats facing the U.S. and how can they be mitigated? Read a recap and listen to audio from last week’s panel of cybersecurity experts. With Brent Colburn, Fellow, Institute of Politics and former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Kimber Dowsett, Security Architect, 18F and Mission Information Specialist, NASA; Jen Ellis, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7; Ari Schwartz, former Senior Director for Cybersecurity, U.S. National Security Council; and Nick Sinai, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

News from Our Fellows

The Need For Speed: Why Slow Newspaper Sites Matter. MediaShift references fall 2014 fellow Matt Hindman’s recent paper in an article about the widespread problem of long page-load times for newspaper websites. Read Hindman’s paper Stickier News: What Newspapers Don’t Know about Web Traffic Has Hurt Them Badly – But There is a Better Way.

Republicans Reap What They Sow. Renée Loth, fall 2011 fellow and Boston Globe columnist, argues that the Republican Party’s current turmoil is caused in part by years of anti-government rhetoric.

Have a Question on the Healthcare Beat? This Group of International Journalists Can Help. Trudy Lieberman, spring 2001 fellow, health journalist, and press critic for Columbia Journalism Review, writes about an international panel of journalists with a goal of encouraging more inter-country dialogue about health care and policy.

The Dangerous Opacity of Modern Banking. Robert Lenzner, spring 2014 fellow and contributing editor at Forbes, reviews a new book by British economist John Kay that argues that the global finance sector is still “terribly risky,” with little changing in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

From around the Web

Media Diversity and the 2016 Election: How a Mostly White Press Corps Influences Campaign Coverage, from International Business Times.

Creating Informed Voters through WhatsApp: A Canadian Election Experiment, from Melissa Whetstone of The Globe and Mail on Medium.

CBS News Partners With Twitter for Nov. 14 Democratic Debate, from Variety.

Why TV Partners with Social Media to Cover Debates — and How it Falls Short, from Poynter.

CNBC May Be the Big Winner of the Next Republican Debate, from The New York Times.

The New Social Media Election: How 2016 is Different, from MediaShift.

Fact-Checking and Accountability Journalism: Popular, Effective – but Sometimes Misunderstood, from American Press Institute.

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