David Skok

Media & Politics Must Reads, April 17, 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

David Skok: Managing Digital Disruption in a Traditional Newsroom: Putting Theory into Practice. David Skok, newly-promoted managing editor for digital of The Boston Globe, discussed the Globe’s approach to digital strategy and organizational culture at the Shorenstein Center this week. Read a recap and listen to audio.

America 2050: The Future of News & Latinos.  Jorge Ramos, journalist, author, and television anchor for Univision and Fusion discussed the changing face of journalism, the power of social media, and the importance of the Latino community in upcoming elections at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Watch the video. Presented by the Harvard Institute of Politics and co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center.

Examining Success for Net Neutrality and Digital Power. Highlights of a Harvard/MIT study on the role of media and advocacy groups in the public debate about net neutrality. From Journalist’s Resource.

Racially Divided Communities, Voting Patterns and New Research on Threat Perceptions. A study from the American Journal of Political Science found that white Americans who lived near public housing with primarily African-American tenants were more likely to vote for racially conservative Republican candidates. From Journalist’s Resource.

The Iran Nuclear Framework Deal: A Definitive, Research-based Guide from Harvard’s Belfer Center. Highlights provided by Journalist’s Resource.

Sexism in Science and Science Writing. Despite considerable progress, problems of gender bias, pay inequity, and sexual harassment persist in journalism, science, and science writing. A panel of prominent female leaders shared their experiences and posed potential solutions for overcoming barriers earlier this month. Featuring Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism; Meg Urry, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Yale University; and Jennifer Bogo, Executive Editor, Popular Science. Read a recap and watch the video.

News from Our Fellows

Tech Beat: Reporters Covering the Digital Era Assess the News Business’s Struggle to Transform. A new paper by John M. Geddes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014) and former managing editor of The New York Times explores the disruption of the news industry through the lens of technology reporters. Find video interviews, transcripts, supporting materials and interviewee biographies at digitalriptide.org.

From around the Web

Running for President, and Announcing it with a Tweet, from Pew Research Center.

Politico to Expand Coverage of States, Starting With New Jersey, from The New York Times.

It’s Not Who Follows Hillary, It’s How She Uses Them. Why a large number of Twitter followers may have little value, from Voactive.

Open N.C.’s Data Dashboard Brings Public Records to Reporters, from PBS MediaShift.

2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election. New public opinion data from Pew Research reveals conflicting attitudes on major issues, from Roll Call.

Automating Transparency: How I Made CongressEdits. The building of a Twitter bot that tweets when someone edits Wikipedia anonymously from the U.S. Congress, from Source.

Regional Publishers Reveal Election Tools to Help “Undecideds” in U.K., from HoldtheFrontPage.

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