Race & Gender Publications

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

June 24, 2020, 4:05 pm
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Shorenstein Center Fellow

Even as Black people are disproportionately dying from the virus due to systemic racism, harmful inaccuracies about COVID-19 are metastasizing in Black online spaces. Using multi-site digital ethnography, Shorenstein Center Fellow Brandi Collins-Dexter tracked and identified the spread of this disinformation, and makes recommendations on how to combat it.

Can Cities Save the Census? A Local Framework for Our Nation’s First Digital Count

April 1, 2019, 9:41 am

With trust in federal government and institutions at historic lows, local governments, including cities and counties, must play a critical role in the 2020 Census. If we don’t get the census right, there is so much we are at risk of getting wrong – the implications of which will last for years.

Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the U.S. Census

March 21, 2019, 1:21 pm

The 2020 U.S. Census will, for the first time since 1950, ask about residents’ citizenship status. The effect of doing so on census completion across different racial/ethnic groups is, however, unknown. Leveraging a survey experiment, we are the first to assess the causal effect of this question change.

In the Shadow of Kerner: Fifty Years Later, Newsroom Diversity and Equity Stall

May 22, 2018, 5:45 am
By Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Spring 2017, and Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Introduction The staffing of the American news media has never fully reflected the diversity of the nation. For most of the country’s history, Latino and non-white journalists were not welcomed in white-run newsrooms and, through their own news outlets, produced…

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…