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
Welcome Denise-Marie Ordway! We are happy to welcome Denise-Marie Ordway, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recent Nieman Fellow, to the Shorenstein Center as our new research reporter/editor for Journalist’s Resource.
Why are So Many People in U.S. Prisons? Key Findings from the National Research Council. From Journalist’s Resource.
News from Our Fellows
How ICIJ Established a New Model for Cross-Border Reporting. Columbia Journalism Review interviewed William Buzenberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and former Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, about his new paper on global, data-driven news collaborations.
Huffington Post Says it Will Frame Trump’s Campaign as Entertainment. I Support That. By Jay Rosen, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 1994) and Professor of Journalism at New York University.
With Planned Parenthood Videos, Activist Ignites Abortion Issue. By Jackie Calmes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and National Correspondent for The New York Times.
Is the Iran Deal “Liberal”? By Michael Tomasky, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2003) and Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast.
Addressing a Clear and Simple Wrong: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century. In a video from December 2014, Richard Sobel, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 1996) and Associate at Harvard’s Du Bois Institute, discussed voter identification requirements – relevant as a major voting rights case is taken up in North Carolina.
From around the Web
The New Knight News Challenge Winners Want to Make Voting Easier and Election Data Clearer. Projects are designed to increase voter turnout, develop more tools to analyze campaign finance disclosures, and track campaign ads. From Nieman Lab.
Snapchat Steps into 2016 Campaign with Iowa “live story” and Kasich, Walker Ads, from The Washington Post.
The Challenges of Polling When Fewer People are Available to be Polled, from Pew Research Center.
OpenGov Voices: The Keys to Unlocking the Power of Justice System Data, from the Sunlight Foundation.
The Judge, the Politician and the Press: Newspaper Coverage and Criminal Sentencing across Electoral Systems. New research by James M. Snyder, Jr., Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard, finds that “newspaper coverage significantly increases sentence length by nonpartisan elected judges for violent crimes.”
The Geography of Money and Politics: Population Density, Social Networks and Political Contributions. New research by David Lazer of Northeastern University, Yu-Ru Lin of the University of Pittsburgh, and Ryan Kennedy of the University Of Houston finds that find that “the idea of contributing to a campaign is easier to spread in densely populated regions, where the daily opportunity of individuals being exposed to the same information via their social network is high, compared with people living in a less populous region.”
A Theory of Civil Disobedience. A new working paper from Edward L. Glaeser and Cass Sunstein of Harvard University “presents a model in which protest planners choose the nature of the disturbance hoping to influence voters (or other decision-makers in less democratic regimes).”
Why the Laura Poitras Case is Bigger than You Think. Columbia Journalism Review examines the implications for FOIA requests and the press.
Center for Public Integrity Sues Federal Election Commission for Documents, from The Center for Public Integrity.
BBC, a Target of Conservatives, Faces a Review of Its Mission, from The New York Times.
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