Thomas Patterson

Media & Politics Must Reads, July 3, 2015

July 2, 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

Welcome Thomas E. Patterson, Acting Director. The Shorenstein Center bid farewell to Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center for 15 years, on June 30. On July 1, the Center welcomed Bradlee Professor Thomas Patterson as acting director.

Dealing with Debt: Historical Evidence of Governments’ Actions and Their Effectiveness. Journalist’s Resource provides timely perspective relevant to the Greek financial crisis.

Same-Sex Marriage and Big Research Questions behind the Debate: Useful Studies, from Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Richard Parker, lecturer in public policy, discussed Greece’s economic crisis and the future of the Eurozone on Minnesota Public Radio.

Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, discussed David Cameron’s proposal to introduce a bill to limit the rights of British citizens to appeal to the European Court in an op-ed in The Guardian.

Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015), discussed the aftermath of the Charleston massacre and the renewed debates over the issues of race, gun violence and the Confederate flag, on “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.”  Watch the video.

Susan Crawford, former Shorenstein Center visiting professor and current Harvard Law School professor, encourages New Hampshire voters to make last-mile Internet connectivity a campaign issue, as the state’s economic future depends on it. Read more on Backchannel.

Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University and Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 1998), has published a new book, Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power.

From around the Web

When Governments Sue Public-Records Requesters, from Columbia Journalism Review.

How CNN Took a Startup Approach to Politics, from DigiDay.

Improving Service and Communication with Open Data: A History and How-To, from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center.

Should News Outlets Declare Allegiances? from Politico.

How Immigration is Shaping Journalism in Europe, from

Under Spain’s Gag Law, Covering the News Could Cost You, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Here Are the Best Links, Resources, and Roundups from SRCCON, the Conference for Journalism Code, from Nieman Lab.

New Revenue for News: 52 Business Ideas to Support Local Journalism, from the Local News Lab and Josh Stearns.

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