Molly Ball and Nicco Mele

Media & Politics Must Reads, September 16, 2016

September 15, 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

Molly Ball: Election 2016 and the Media. Molly Ball, political writer for The Atlantic, discussed the 2016 presidential race, the role of the media, and the prospects for both parties in a conversation with Shorenstein Center director Nicco Mele. Read highlights and listen to audio.

News from Our Fellows

From Captivity to Classroom. The Harvard Gazette profiles current Joan Shorenstein Fellow Yeganeh Rezaian and her husband, Jason Rezaian, who is a Nieman Fellow; both were imprisoned in Iran.

Mobile News Consumers Likely to Be Less Informed Citizens, Study Suggests. Johanna Dunaway, spring 2016 fellow and associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, discussed her recent paper on AirTalk.

Five Reasons Why the Media Are Piling on Clinton and Giving Trump a Pass. An institutional bias toward balance and Trump fatigue are some of the reasons, argues Dan Kennedy, spring 2016 fellow and associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Potent Critiques of NBC Forum Raise Stakes for Moderators. Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, discussed the role of moderators in the presidential debates, stating that candidates should be the “chief fact-checkers.”

HBCUs Unfairly Penalized by NCAA Academic and Graduation Standards. Derrick Z. Jackson, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow, examines the graduation rates of black student athletes, which are below 50 percent, whether at HBCUs or white schools.

Former Fellows Win Book Prize. The Doris A. Graber Oustanding Book Award was awarded to former fellows Regina Lawrence and Steven Livingston, and former visiting faculty member Lance Bennett by the American Political Science Association for When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina.

New America Announces Fellows Class of 2017. Among the members are Paul Wood, fall 2015 fellow and BBC foreign correspondent.

From around the Web

What Does It Take to Moderate a Successful Presidential Debate? From NPR.

Here Are Five Things the Presidential Debate Moderators Must Do, from The Washington Post.

Why Moderators Aren’t the Best Option for Fact-Checking Debates, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Facebook Will Help Gather Questions for Presidential Debate, from The Hill.

Post-Truth Politics: Art of the Lie, from The Economist.

How News Organisations Are Collaborating to Cover the U.S. Elections, from

Real-Time Election Day Projections May Upend News Tradition, from The New York Times.

Why Slate Is Bucking Election Day Tradition This November, from Poynter.

How Breitbart Conquered the Media, from The Atlantic.

The Case against Journalistic Balance, from Politico.

Hillary Clinton’s Stumble Highlights Campaign Transparency Problems, from CNN.

Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low, from Gallup.

10 Facts about the Changing Digital News Landscape, from Pew Research Center.

“Facebook Needs an Editor”: Media Experts Urge Change after Photo Dispute, from The Guardian.

Facebook, Twitter, and 30 Other Orgs Join First Draft’s Partner Network to Help Stop the Spread of Fake News, from Nieman Lab.

When Journalists Get Their Info from Social Media, Audiences Find the Reports Less Credible, from American Press Institute.

Sulky New Media Still Clings to Old Media, from Bloomberg Gadfly.

U.S. Newsrooms Seem to Be Getting a Little More Diverse. But Minority Journalists Are Still, Well, a Minority, from Nieman Lab.

In an Era of Sweeping Change, How Can Freedom of Information Keep Up? From Poynter.

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