Alex S. Jones

Media & Politics Must Reads, June 26, 2015

June 25, 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

Bon Voyage Alex! On June 23, staff, faculty, fellows and friends gathered to bid farewell to Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center for 15 years. Jones is the Center’s longest serving director (2000-2015), and will leave his post on July 1. Bradlee Professor Thomas E. Patterson will serve as acting director, and will co-chair a search committee for the new director with HKS Acting Dean Archon Fung. Read more.

Research on the Confederate Flag, Divisive Politics and Enduring Meanings, from Journalist’s Resource.

Hate Crimes and Ongoing Research Questions: Examining Racial, Ethnic and Religious Bias, from Journalist’s Resource.

The Dynamics of the Iowa Caucuses: Updated Scholarship and Clues Toward 2016, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Conservative Media Outlets See a Market in Massachusetts. Matthew Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication, is quoted in The Boston Globe about opportunities for conservative media in Massachusetts.

The Internet That Was (and Still Could Be). David Weinberger, senior researcher at the Berkman Center and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015), writes about how large platforms such as Facebook have changed the values of the Web in The Atlantic.

Horrors of Eritrea Met With a Shrug. Celestine Bohlen, columnist at The International New York Times and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014), writes about the plight of Eritreans who migrate to Europe to escape conflict at home, and the role of Radio Erena, a radio program founded by an Eritrean journalist in exile, in The New York Times.

From around the Web

Race and Reporting. In Nieman Reports’ Spring 2015 issue, reporters and editors discuss strategies for creating more inclusive newsrooms and how racially diverse staffs can improve coverage.

The Washington Post and Univision will Partner to Cover the 2016 Election, from Poynter.

Can Politico Rise Again? from Columbia Journalism Review.

Politico Issues “Cultural Manifesto” in Quest to Save Nonpartisan Political Journalism, from Huffington Post.

Why Politwoops Mattered, from The Daily Dot.

Can Comment Sections Contain (Gasp!) Rational, Coherent, Civil Debate? A Nieman Lab summary of a new study in The International Journal of Press/Politics.

If Audience Engagement is the Goal, it’s Time to Look Back at the Successes of Civic Journalism for Answers, from Nieman Lab.

The Art of Political Persuasion, from the Harvard Gazette.

The Youth Vote and Local Media, from Huffington Post.

Data Journalism: From Specialism to the New Normal, from

On the Ethics of Web Scraping and Data Journalism, from the Canadian Journalism Project.

Sorry, Inmate. Your Blog is Now Illegal, from Fusion.

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