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Media & Politics Must Reads, December 4, 2015

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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

Criminal Justice in the Age of Big Data. How can technology and big data improve the U.S. criminal justice system? Read a summary and listen to audio from a panel discussion with Nicole Wong, who formerly held positions with Google, Twitter, and as U.S. Deputy CTO; Cynthia Rudin, Associate Professor of Statistics, MIT CSAIL and Sloan School of Management; Clarence Wardell, Former Presidential Innovation Fellow, now working on the Police Data Initiative; and Nick Sinai, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS.

How Facebook Influences Millennials’ Politics, from Journalist’s Resource.

Does the Internet Help More Americans Become Politically Active? From Journalist’s Resource.

Research on What “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” Mean, and When to Use the Terms, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

At the Paris Climate Talks, Media Coverage Takes a Turn. Cristine Russell, former Shorenstein Center fellow and current advisory board member, journalist, and senior fellow at the HKS Belfer Center, writes about the range of coverage coming out of the United Nations Climate Summit – from the pessimistic, to live blogs, to a comic book format, in Columbia Journalism Review.

The Refugees & the New War. Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, argues that when fighting ISIS, “fear makes for bad strategy.” He writes in The New York Review of Books that turning away refugees will only aid ISIS in its campaign of “strategic disinformation.” Instead, the U.S. should lead by example and resettle 65,000 refugees, with the goal of encouraging other allies to aid in the crisis.

So I Will Try to Explain Why the Trump Candidacy Has Been So Confounding to Our Political Press. Jay Rosen, former fellow and professor of Journalism at New York University, writes about how commonly held beliefs about the political press and news practices are being challenged this election cycle.

7 Reasons Why Trump Will Win. Nicco Mele, current advisory board member and former faculty with the Shorenstein Center, predicts that Trump will win Iowa and New Hampshire, due to the “conservative despair,” and Trump’s mastery of media and social media, among other reasons.

No, Governor Kasich, Voice of America’s Not About “Judeo-Christian” Values. David Ensor, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow and former director of Voice of America, responds to John Kasich’s call to use VOA to promote “Judeo-Christian values.” While increasing VOA’s resources and reach would be a powerful weapon in the “war of ideas” against ISIS, Russia, and others, VOA’s strength lies in its trustworthy journalism, argues Ensor in Politico.

How a Surprise Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations Could Mean More Freedom. Marie Sanz, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow and Lima, Peru bureau chief for AFP, discussed why the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba came as such a surprise to everyone, including the press, on HKS’s PolicyCast.

John Geddes, former fellow and former New York Times managing editor, is joining Bloomberg to oversee U.S. political coverage.

From around the Web

Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized, from Pew Research Center.

5 Interactive Ways News Outlets are Covering Climate Change, from

What Publishers around the World Learned by Sharing Their Climate Change Coverage with Each Other, from Nieman Lab.

Coverage of Marco Rubio’s “Zipper Problem” Signals Shift in Campaign Journalism, from Huffington Post.

The Future of Polling May Depend on Donald Trump’s Fate, from FiveThirtyEight Politics.

Clinic Releases Paper on Body Camera Access Laws, from Yale’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic.

Why Do Politicians Get Away with Lying? from CNN.

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