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Media & Politics Must Reads, March 11, 2016

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March 10, 2016, 4:10 pm

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

2016 Goldsmith Seminar on Investigative Reporting. Learn what went into the making of the Goldsmith Award-winning “Seafood from Slaves” by The Associated Press, as well as the stories from finalists Guardian US, InsideClimate News, The New York Times, Tampa Bay Times and The Washington PostRead more and watch the video.

Philip Bennett – News and Democracy: The Missing Pieces. Philip Bennett, former managing editor for The Washington Post and PBS’s FRONTLINE, explored how the promise of the digital revolution has fallen short for some aspects of media and civic engagement, and why news outlets should have an interest in improving the situation. Read more and listen to audio.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Advice from the Master at Trump U and How to Take on Bernie Sanders in a Debate. Marilyn Thompson, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow and deputy editor at Politico, looks at an advice column supposedly authored by Donald Trump for Trump University, and interviews Richard Tarrant, who ran against Bernie Sanders in Vermont, about the candidate’s debate style, in two articles in Politico.

President Obama’s “Trump Card” in the Upcoming Supreme Court Nomination Battle. Matthew Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication at the Shorenstein Center, analyzes how Senate Republicans are in a difficult position when it comes to rejecting President Obama’s nomination for a Supreme Court justice. If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, he will likely lose to the Democratic nominee, meaning Senate Republicans “will face the prospect of choosing between negotiating with Obama for a relative centrist nominee now or risk being forced to suffer a significantly more liberal nominee later.”

This is the End of Journalism in Turkey. Yavuz Baydar, journalist and fall 2014 fellow, writes about the recent seizure of Zaman, Turkey’s largest daily newspaper, by the government. Zaman’s closure is the latest in a series of government actions against the press in Turkey – and should be a wakeup call to the EU about the state of press freedom in the country, argues Baydar.

From around the Web

Many Americans Say They Voted, but Did They? From Pew Research.

How Donald Trump Broke the Media, from The Conversation.

Trump Infomercial Captivates Networks, from Politico.

Black Voters, Flint, and Why the Media Wrongly Assumed Hillary Clinton Would Win Michigan, from The Washington Post.

Millennial Reporters Grab the Campaign-Trail Spotlight, from The New York Times.

How Washington Post Used Instagram to Tell the Stories of First-Generation Voters in Miami, from The Washington Post.

The Political TV Ad Archive is Making it Easier for Journalists to Report on Campaign Spots, from Nieman Lab.

For Political Media in Flint, the Water Crisis Penetrates the Campaign Bubble, from Politico.

With No Watchdog Media, Kent Made Hush-Hush Sale of Public Park, from The Seattle Times.

Series Hosted by David Eisenhower Aims to Restore Nonpartisan Debate to Television, from Current.

The World According to Men: Why It’s So Important to Have More Women Doing Global-Affairs Reporting, from The Atlantic.

The Limits of Propaganda: Evidence from Chavez’s Venezuela, from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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