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Media & Politics Must Reads, September 18, 2015

September 17, 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

Bob Schieffer Discusses Money in Politics and the 2016 Presidential Candidates
Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, veteran CBS reporter and former moderator of “Face the Nation,” discussed the corrosive effects of money in politics, his outlook for the 2016 presidential election and government gridlock this week at the Shorenstein Center. Read more and listen to audio.

Designing a Better Digital Government — and Inspiring Harvard Students
Nick Sinai, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, provides a recap of last week’s “Bringing Silicon Valley to Government?” panel, which featured tech guru Tim O’Reilly, White House U.S. Digital Service co-founder Haley Van Dyck, and VA Chief Technology Officer Marina Martin. The panel discussed the importance of user-centric design when developing government digital services, and how to be a change agent in the government sector.

From around the Web

Journalists Flock to CNN Debate They Could Better Watch from Home, from Huffington Post.

How Social Media is Revolutionizing Debates, from CNN.

What’s the Media Obsession with Donald Trump? Ratings. From Poynter.

Can We Stop Blaming the Media for Donald Trump? Nope. Not at All, from The Washington Post.

How Live Video on Periscope Helped “Get Inside” the Syrian Refugees Story, from The Guardian.

Protecting the Media in Transitional States, from The World Post.

Forget Meet the Press—Obama Just Addressed Concerns about the Iran Deal on Quora, from Quartz.

Research Project Explores Nexus of Citizenship, Democracy and Journalism, from MediaShift.

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