Journalistic Practice Research

Reinventing Local TV News

February 12, 2019, 8:03 am
By Mike Beaudet and John Wihbey

The growing crisis in U.S. local news is making it increasingly urgent that local television outlets both improve the quality of news produced and chart a path toward a sustainable future in which new audiences are recruited. In this research report, John Wihbey and Mike Beaudet show how local broadcasters might rethink story segments to create a more engaging news product for younger audiences, particularly with regard to hard news stories.

Doom and Gloom: The Role of the Media in Public Disengagement on Climate Change

May 29, 2018, 9:00 pm
By Elizabeth Arnold, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Spring 2018, and Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Alaska

Photo credits: Diane Haeker and Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) Introduction In July of 2008, as a national broadcast correspondent, I reported on environmental conditions in Newtok, a remote community of roughly 400 Yup’ik people in Northwest Alaska. Newtok…

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…

First Draft Launches Free Course on Identifying Misinformation Online

March 19, 2018, 9:31 am

Cambridge, MA—First Draft, a project run by Shorenstein Center Fellow Claire Wardle, has launched a free one-hour online course to teach journalists, students, and members of the general public basic tools to verify the authenticity of content found online. Countless…

The science of fake news

March 8, 2018, 2:05 pm

With more Americans turning to social media as a primary source for news and information, the dangers posed by so-called ‘fake news’ are growing more significant. Reports of foreign influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are just one recent…

#DigitalDeceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet

January 23, 2018, 9:17 am
By Dipayan Ghosh, Shorenstein Fellow, and Ben Scott, Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at New America. Co-published by the New America Foundation and the Shorenstein Center.

Over the past year, there has been rising pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to account for how bad actors are exploiting their platforms. The catalyst of this so-called “tech-lash” was the revelation in summer 2017 that agents of the…

Political Journalism in a Populist Age

December 11, 2017, 9:00 am
Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam
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A new paper by Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam, provides an overview of the types and causes of populist movements. He offers 10 tips…

Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking

October 31, 2017, 7:00 am
By Claire Wardle, PhD and Hossein Derakhshan, with research support from Anne Burns and Nic Dias

This report was published by the Council of Europe, with support from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and First Draft. Reproduced with permission of the Council of Europe. The opinions expressed in…

Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

September 6, 2017, 8:40 am
By Matthew A. Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication

Executive Summary We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all…

Snake and Stranger: Media Coverage of Muslims and Refugee Policy

June 22, 2017, 8:15 am
By Meighan Stone, Entrepreneurship Fellow, spring 2017, and former president of the Malala Fund

Photo: Dulles International Airport travel ban protest, Geoff Livingston. A new paper by Meighan Stone, Entrepreneurship Fellow (spring 2017) and former president of the Malala Fund, argues that the predominantly negative coverage of Muslims and refugees on U.S. TV news contributes to negative…