Race & Gender Research

Environmental Justice? Unjust Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis

July 11, 2017, 8:30 am
By Derrick Z. Jackson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016), Boston Globe essayist, climate and energy writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists

A new paper by Derrick Z. Jackson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016), Boston Globe essayist, and a climate and energy writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines the failure of national media outlets to respond to the Flint water crisis…

How Women Journalists Are Silenced in a Man’s World: The Double-Edged Sword of Reporting from Muslim Countries

June 19, 2017, 8:15 am
Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and
Iranian journalist, formerly of Bloomberg News and The National

Photo: Shifa Gardi, a journalist for an Iraqi Kurdish television station, was killed by a roadside bomb while reporting.  A new paper by Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and Iranian journalist, shines a light on the difficulties women reporters…

Rape Culture in India: The Role of the English-Language Press

July 20, 2016, 8:30 am
By Joanna Jolly with additional reporting by Uzra Khan

A new paper by Joanna Jolly, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and former BBC South Asia editor, examines the increased coverage of rape in India’s English-language newspapers following the infamous 2012 gang rape in Delhi, and whether this coverage led to…

Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network

April 25, 2011, 2:45 pm
By Alexis Gelber

Alexis Gelber Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2011 Formerly, Newsweek magazine Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama emerged as the champion of new media by using social networking tools in innovative ways to…

Women and News: Expanding the News Audience, Increasing Political Participation, and Informing Citizens

November 1, 2007, 12:00 pm

This Shorenstein Center report includes transcripts from a conference sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, featuring keynote speeches from Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and Ellen Goodman, author and journalist, as well as research on women’s engagement with political…

Covering Crime in Washington, D.C.

January 1, 2006, 3:59 pm
By Kimberly Gross

A paper by Kimberly Gross, spring 2006 fellow, examines the nature of local television news coverage of crime and its effects on emotional response. Gross presents the results of a content analysis of two months of local television news coverage…

The Race Issue in Australia’s 2001 Election: A Creation of Politicians or the Press?

January 1, 2002, 4:17 pm
By Paul Kelly

A paper by Paul Kelly, spring 2002 fellow, tells the story of the Tampa, of Australia’s new and punitive refugee policy in 2001, of the reaction and role of the country’s leading newspapers to this event, and their complex connections….

The American Media and Race Relations in an Interdependent World: A Report on the Shorenstein Center Conference on Race and the Press

June 28, 2001, 12:00 pm

On June 28, 2001, the Shorenstein Center sponsored a conference in Washington, DC on race and the press. The objective of the conference was to examine the complicated entwining of race and media from both local and national perspectives. Former…

No Seat at the Table: The Black-White Appearance Gap in the Election 2000 Story

January 1, 2001, 4:35 pm
By Deborah Mathis

A paper by Deborah Mathis, fall 2000-spring 2001 fellow, examines racial diversity in the media coverage after the Bush-Gore election in 2000. Between November 7, when voters reported to the polls, and December 13, when Gore finally conceded to Bush,…

A Voyage Never Ended

January 1, 2000, 10:05 am
By Alexis Sinduhije

A paper by Alexis Sinduhije, fall 1997 fellow, explores the distance between African-Americans and Africans. Sinduhije asks: what do African-Americans know about Africa, and vice versa? What follows are the results of his search for that answer – and its…