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Media & Politics Must Reads, May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015, 6:00 am

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

Congratulations to the Harvard Kennedy School class of 2015! Watch video of HKS Commencement speaker David Miliband, CEO and president of International Rescue Committee.

Syllabus: Critical Thinking, Ethics and Knowledge-Based Practice in Visual Media. A model syllabus/course from Journalist’s Resource to help visual journalists develop analytical and ethical skills – helpful for photojournalists, videographers, and documentary filmmakers.

News from Our Fellows

Hendrik Hertzberg ’65: From Crimson Managing Editor to New Yorker Journalist. The Harvard Crimson interviews Hendrik Hertzberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (1987-1988) and senior editor and staff writer for The New Yorker about his career and experiences at Harvard.

Why Clinton Can Campaign In Listen-Only Mode. Former fellows Peter Hamby (Spring 2013) and Jay Rosen (Spring 1994) were featured in an article about Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the news media on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Debate: Is Smart Technology Making Us Dumb? David Weinberger, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, argued that technology helps, rather than hinders, intellectual pursuits in an Intelligence Squared/NPR debate.

The Future Could Be Now. Maxine Isaacs, adjunct lecturer in government and an associate at the Shorenstein Center, writes about a new documentary about the late Richard Holbrooke as a call for working in public service in The Harvard Crimson.

From around the Web

At One Virginia Paper, Coders and Reporters Unite to Make Sense of Government Data, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Minnesota Public Radio Shows How to Put the Public into Fact Checking, from Poynter.

BuzzFeed Builds an In-House Opposition Research Firm, from Politico.

“Fact-Check this:” Politicians Use Work of Fact-Checking Journalists as Both Validation, Weapon, from American Press Institute.

What is Data.gov Doing Wrong? And How Could it Get Better? From Nieman Lab.

Many Urging Mass. to Ease Access to Public Records, from The Boston Globe.

Here’s How the First President of the Social Media Age Has Chosen to Connect with Americans, from The Washington Post.

News as a Design Challenge: New Ideas for News’ Future from MIT, from Nieman Lab.

Bob Schieffer is Right. The Decline of Local Media is Totally Terrible, from The Washington Post.

New Research: Changed Reporting Practices and Stronger Laws Required to Protect Sources in the Digital Age, from World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

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