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Media & Politics Must Reads, November 20, 2015

November 19, 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

Joan Shorenstein Fellows Discuss Paris Terrorist Attacks, ISIS, and Soft Power. The Shorenstein Center closed its fall semester event series with a conversation with the fall 2015 Joan Shorenstein Fellows: David Ensor, former director of Voice of America; Marie Sanz, Lima, Peru bureau chief, AFP; and Paul Wood, foreign correspondent, BBC. The panel discussion focused on the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, as well the fellows’ work at the Center. Read more and listen to audio.

France, Islam, Terrorism and the Challenges of Integration: Research Roundup, from Journalist’s Resource.

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Bestselling author, 2015 MacArthur fellow, and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed race in America and mass incarceration with Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University; Kathryn Edin, Distinguished Bloomberg Professor, Johns Hopkins University; and William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University. Watch the video.

2015 Theodore H. White Seminar on Press and Politics. A panel discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of political polling. Featuring Candy Crowley, former anchor and political correspondent, CNN and Fall Fellow, Harvard Institute of Politics; Peter Hart, founder, Hart Research Associates and pollster for NBC News & The Wall Street Journal; Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer, The New Yorker; Gary Younge, columnist, The Guardian. Moderated by Tom Patterson, acting director of the Shorenstein Center. Read more and watch the video.

Link between Words Used by Congress and Public-Approval Ratings, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Fellows

Today’s Federal Agencies are “Highly Message-Controlled.” Here’s What That Means for Health Reporting. Trudy Lieberman, spring 2001 fellow, health journalist, and press critic for Columbia Journalism Review, writes about the challenges of covering the USDA, FDA, and other federal agencies.

From around the Web

What it’s Like to Report from Inside ISIS Training Camps, from Poynter.

Iowa’s Ann Selzer on What Journalists Need to Know about Polling, from Columbia Journalism Review.

The Front-Runner Fallacy, from The Atlantic.

How Journalism Schools Can Train a New Generation of Fierce Fact Checkers, from Josh Stearns.

Political Ad Spending Estimated at $6 Billion in 2016, from the Los Angeles Times.

Freeing the Data Underlying Presidential Political TV Ads, from MediaShift.

Inside the “Hand-to-Hand Combat” of Campaign Rapid Response Teams, from PR Week.

Iowa TV Gets its Close-Up, Enjoying Outsize Influence, from The New York Times.

Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech, from Pew Research Center.

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