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Media & Politics Must Reads, April 29, 2016

April 28, 2016

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

Nicco Mele Named as New Director of the Shorenstein Center. Nicco Mele, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California and former Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, has been named the new director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He will begin his service as director on July 1.

News from Our Fellows

Billionaires and Their Newspapers. Dan Kennedy, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow and associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, discusses the fates of three newspapers, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Orange County Register, which were bought in recent years by individuals with significant financial means but little background in journalism.

The Mainstream Media’s Big Disconnect: Why They Don’t Get Middle America. Neal Gabler, author and fall 2011 fellow, writes about the demographic mismatch between members of the press and the American public.

U.S. Election 2016 – The 40-Year Hurt. Michael Goldfarb, writer, broadcaster, and spring 1999 fellow, chronicles how the growth of inequality has contributed to support for Donald Trump.

Matthew Nisbet on Climate Change. Matthew Nisbet, associate professor at Northeastern University and fall 2012 fellow, spoke to Eduardo Porter of The New York Times for his column on how “Liberal Biases, Too, May Block Progress on Climate Change.” Nisbet also spoke to The Associated Press about a new study at the journal Nature that sparked unusually critical responses from scientists and social scientists.

From around the Web

Politico Magazine: The Media Issue

Introducing “Tonar,” an Incivility Index for Election 2016, from Andrew Heyward, MIT Media Lab.

Could Donald Trump Change Journalism for the Better? From The Conversation.

Survey: Editors See Media Losing Ground as Legal Advocate for 1st Amendment, from Columbia Journalism Review.

In This Snapchat Campaign, Election News Is Big and Then It’s Gone, from The New York Times.

A New Podcast from Mic and The Economist Aims for a Global Perspective on the 2016 Election, from Nieman Lab.

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