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Media & Politics Must Reads, February 12, 2016

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February 11, 2016, 4:44 pm

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

Walter V. Robinson: Spotlight on Investigative Reporting. Walter V. Robinson, editor at large for The Boston Globe, discussed the Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” and the future of investigative reporting. Read more and listen to audio.

Negative Political Ads and Voter Effects: Research Roundup, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Why New Hampshire Is a Big Media Moment for Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden. Dan Kennedy, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow and associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, writes about the opportunities for an independent candidate, such as Bloomberg, in light of the results from the New Hampshire primary.

A Running Start. Harvard Kennedy School Magazine covers the class “The Making of a Politician,” which teaches students the nuts and bolts of running for office, led by Steve Jarding, lecturer in public policy at the Shorenstein Center.

What If We Built a C-SPAN on Steroids? Susan Crawford, former Shorenstein Center visiting professor and current Harvard Law School professor, makes a case for establishing “State Civic Networks,” which are “state-based, non-profit, independent, nonpartisan, ‘citizen engagement’ online centers,” to fill the gap in government coverage left by local newspapers.

Obama’s Last Budget, and Last Budget Battle with Congress. Jackie Calmes, spring 2015 fellow and national correspondent for The New York Times, covers the details of President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, which includes significant new funding for cybersecurity, and Republican opposition to it.

Enough is Enough — U.S. Abdication on Syria Must Come to an End. A Washington Post op-ed by Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Shorenstein Center, criticizes the United States’ lack of action in Syria.

From around the Web

How The Wall Street Journal Visualized the Issues That Split the Republican Vote, from Northeastern University’s Storybench.

The New York Times’ New Slack 2016 Election Bot Sends Readers’ Questions Straight to the Newsroom, from Nieman Lab.

Let’s Get People Talking. NPR describes how stations across the U.S. partnered to foster a national conversation about the election.

How Local Media Coverage is Forcing Cleveland to Try to Finally Fix Its Lead Problem, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Politwoops Returns to the U.S. to Archive Politicians’ Deleted Tweets, from the Verge.

Among Millennials Engaged in Primaries, Dems More Likely to Learn about the Election from Social Media, from Pew Research Center.