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Media & Politics Must Reads, September 11, 2015

September 10, 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

Migration Patterns: Are More People Immigrating? From Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

The Refugee Crisis Isn’t a “European Problem.” Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, argues in The New York Times that the U.S., Canada, and rich nations in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, need to do far more to aid refugees, as the crisis requires a “global response.”

A Hierarchy of Innocence: The Media’s Use of Children in the Telling of International News (PDF). Susan D. Moeller, spring 2000 fellow, addressed the use of images of children as victims of conflicts and crises in a paper published in 2002.

America’s Political Duopoly Stifles the Competition of Ideas. Micah L. Sifry, former Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Public Policy, writes in a New York Times op-ed that third parties have historically “pushed new ideas into the mainstream,” and that American voters would be better off with more choices.

Press Freedom in Turkey. The arrest and release of two VICE reporters in Turkey has raised questions about the country’s stance on foreign press coverage. Yavuz Baydar, fall 2014 fellow, extensively documented threats to freedom of the press in Turkey in a paper released earlier this year.

The Art of the Political Apology. Steve Jarding, Lecturer in Public Policy and David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership and Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS, discuss the art of apology, on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s, on WGBH’s “Greater Boston.”

From around the Web

Penciling the Primaries. Political cartoonists describe their approach to drawing some of the current candidates for president, from Columbia Journalism Review.

A Pair of Court Decisions Bring Good News for FOIA Users, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Report Urges FOI, Open Data Communities to Collaborate, from

Advocacy Groups Call on Twitter to Restore API Access to Politiwoops, from Nieman Lab.

Can Yelp Help Government Win Back the Public’s Trust? From Governing.

An Authority on Public Opinion Polling, Born of His Respect for People, from NPR.

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