Maria Sacchetti

Media & Politics Must Reads, November 6, 2015

November 5, 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

Maria Sacchetti: Reporting on the International Refugee Crisis. Maria Sacchetti, who covers immigration for The Boston Globe, shared her experiences reporting on the international refugee crisis in Europe, and discussed the importance of local coverage of international stories. Read more and listen to audio.

Marvin Kalb: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Marvin Kalb, Shorenstein Center founding director and former moderator of “Meet the Press,” discussed the current relationship between Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., placing the situation within a larger historical context. Read more and listen to audio.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Steve Deace and the Power of Conservative Media.   Jackie Calmes, spring 2015 fellow and national correspondent for The New York Times, profiles talk radio host Steve Deace and examines his influence on the 2016 election. Read more in The New York Times Magazine.  The article is an extension of the paper Calmes wrote while at the Shorenstein Center, “They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing” Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party.

Strangling of Turkish Journalism – Televised Live. Yavuz Baydar, journalist and fall 2014 fellow, writes about Turkey’s deteriorating press freedom, including the recent government seizure of TV stations and newspapers, in the Huffington Post. Baydar detailed restrictions of press freedom in his Shorenstein Center paper, The Newsroom as an Open Air Prison: Corruption and Self-Censorship in Turkish Journalism.

That G.O.P. Debate: Two Footnotes. Hendrik Hertzberg, former fellow (1987-1988) and senior editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, analyzes the performances of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the October 28 Republican debate. 

From around the Web

14 Million Viewers for Republican Presidential Debate a Record for CNBC, from the Los Angeles Times.

GOP Campaigns Push to Take More Control of Debates, from Politico.

TV Networks Likely to Push Back Against Republican Debate Demands, from Variety.

SciCheck Puts Political Claims Under a Microscope, from Reporter’s Lab.

Beyond the Wall: Mapping Twitter in China. A new study from the Berkman Center examines Twitter use in China, including political and journalistic activities.

Newspapers Taken Over in Turkey Are Printing Again, and They’re Now Pro-Government, from Poynter.

Editor of State-Run Chinese Newspaper Ousted as Government Tightens its Grip, from Poynter.

Open Government is Meaningless without a Free Press, from Columbia Journalism Review.

First Look’s Press Litigation Fund Wants to Support News Outlets Stuck in Expensive Free Speech Cases, from Nieman Journalism Lab.

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