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Media & Politics Must Reads, July 8, 2016

July 7, 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

The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS. A new paper by Paul Wood, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and BBC world affairs correspondent, tells the harrowing story of a kidnapping by ISIS, and examines the ethical dilemmas that arise when reporting on terrorist organizations.

News from Our Fellows

Can Hillary Clinton Convince Voters That She’s Honest and Trustworthy? Judy Woodruff, fall 2005 fellow and PBS NewsHour anchor and Peter Hart, 2013 Visiting Murrow Lecturer and Hart Research Associates founder, discuss voter perceptions of Clinton’s character.

Clinton Forgot It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Cover-Up. Walter Shapiro, spring 2005 fellow and Roll Call columnist, argues that the recent FBI email findings further tarnish Clinton’s reputation.

WYSO’s Book Nook: A Conversation with Michael Goldfarb. Michael Goldfarb, spring 1999 fellow and author, discusses his books Emancipation and Ahmad’s War, Ahmad’s Peace, as well as his recent interviews with independent voters about Clinton and Trump.

“What Is a Journalist if Not an Advocate on Behalf of the Public?” Rory O’Connor, fall 2008 fellow and co-founder of the media group GlobalVision, discusses objectivity and advocacy, and a new award in honor of the late journalist Danny Schechter.

From around the Web

2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction, from Pew Research.

Fair Play in a Fact-Challenged Political Landscape, from The New York Times.

Has The Media Failed Europe? From European Journalism Observatory.

Major Political News Outlets Offer Interviews for Sale at DNC and RNC Conventions, from The Intercept.

The Modern News Consumer: News Attitudes and Practices in the Digital Era, from Pew Research.

Nate Silver Is Happy to Be Wrong, from Politico.

How Do You Trawl through a 2.6 Million-Word Report? The Guardian Is Asking Its Readers for Help, from Poynter.

Holding Businesses Accountable, from Nieman Reports.

“Kicking and Screaming”: 50 Years of FOIA, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Obama Signs a FOIA Reform Bill into Law, Paving the Way for More (and Hopefully Fulfilled) Records Requests, from Nieman Lab.

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