Jill Lepore 2015 lecture

Media & Politics Must Reads, November 13, 2015

November 12, 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

“The Press and the Polls,” with Jill Lepore. Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer for The New Yorker, delivered the 26th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics. Lepore detailed the problems with polls – which new technologies are unlikely to fix – as well as their history. The David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism was awarded to Gary Younge, columnist for The Guardian, the same evening. Read more and watch the video.

Rick Kaplan: Entertainment, News and Politics. Former fellow and TV news producer Richard N. Kaplan returned to the Shorenstein Center to discuss the 2016 election, including the debates and the role of the media, and the need for serious journalism.

How Election Timing Affects Voter Turnout, Outcomes, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Fellows

Bob Schieffer Sees Journalists in the Future. Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, discussed his career, election 2016, Sunday morning talks shows and more in an interview on Harvard Kennedy School’s “Policycast.” Read more and listen to audio.

Melinda Henneberger Weighs in on Whether Political Journalism is a Boys’ Club. Melinda Henneberger, spring 2013 fellow and editor in chief of Roll Call, discussed women’s political engagement, the increase of women in political media, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Elle magazine.

From around the Web

Scholars: Fox Biz Did Its Job, Debate Highlighted Political Differences, from The Conversation.

In Defense of “Gotcha” Questions, from The New York Times.

How The Washington Post Works with Its Foreign Correspondents to Report via Social Media, from Nieman Lab.

A New Tow Center Report Looks at the Future of Chat Apps for News, from Nieman Lab.

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