Government Institutions Research

News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

May 18, 2017, 9:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions…

The Press and Edward Kennedy: A Case Study of Journalistic Behavior

March 24, 2015, 4:22 pm
By Neal Gabler

A paper by Neal Gabler, former Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2011), author and film critic, examines the quantity and nature of media coverage of Edward Kennedy over the course of his political career. Gabler analyzed press coverage of Edward M….

Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

January 25, 2012, 2:26 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com; Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A Shift in Power In the information economy, data is power and we face a…

Reflections on Public Service

August 15, 2011, 1:52 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra, fall 2011 fellow, shares his reflections on public service, which included the positions of the first U.S. Chief Information Officer in President Obama’s administration, Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty’s cabinet in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce…

Restoring Comity to Congress

January 1, 2011, 3:05 pm
By Charles Gibson

Charles Gibson Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2010 Former anchor, ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt It should not be surprising that long-time members of Congress talk nostalgically about “the old days” when friendships…

Ants at the Picnic: A Status Report on News Coverage of State Government

May 25, 2010, 3:44 pm
By Gene Gibbons

Gene Gibbons Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Former Executive Editor, Stateline.org Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Introduction I borrowed a wonderful quote from Ross Ramsey, managing editor of The Texas Tribune, for the title of this discussion paper….

Would You Ask Turkeys to Mandate Thanksgiving? The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency

June 1, 2008, 4:08 pm
By J.H. Snider

J.H. Snider, spring 2008 fellow, discusses problems with government transparency, and the feasibility of potential solutions in two papers. Paper #1: The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents legislators from infringing on the…

Orwell Meets Nixon: When and Why “The Press” Became “The Media”

January 1, 2005, 12:09 pm
By Martin F. Nolan

A paper by Martin F. Nolan, fall 2004 fellow, explores President Nixon’s antagonistic relationship with the press. He argues that Nixon sought to disarm his critics by changing “the press,” a Constitutionally protected form of expression, into “the media,” a…

Covering the CIA in Times of Crisis: Obstacles and Strategies

January 1, 2004, 2:38 pm
By Ted Gup

A paper by Ted Gup, fall 2003 fellow, examines how the U.S. press fared in covering the intelligence community before and after two catastrophic intelligence failures—9/11 and the yet-to-be-found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It also explores the obstacles…

Rainbow’s End: Public Support for Democracy in the New South Africa

January 1, 2000, 10:05 am
By Richard Morin

A paper by Richard Morin, fall 1999 fellow, considers South Africans’ sense of optimism and uncertainty regarding future democratic progress. Do they expect the transformation brought about by Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu to continue, or to pass into…