Media Business Research

Business Models for Local News: A Field Scan

September 6, 2018, 9:55 am
By Elizabeth Hansen, Emily Roseman and Matthew Spector of the Shorenstein Center; and Joseph Lichterman of the Lenfest Institute

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or of Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Funding Journalism, Finding Innovation: Success Stories and Ideas for Creative, Sustainable Partnerships

June 20, 2018, 9:00 am
Reported and edited by: Dwight Knell, former consultant, Shorenstein Center; Nina Sachdev, Communications Director, Media Impact Funders; Jessica Clark, Research Director, Media Impact Funders

Co-published by the Shorenstein Center and Media Impact Funders.     Image credit: South Kern Sol, a youth media hub funded by The California Endowment. Introduction There has been perhaps no other moment in history so volatile and uncertain­—yet full…

Funding the News: Foundations and Nonprofit Media

June 18, 2018, 5:45 am
By Matthew Nisbet, Professor, John Wihbey, Assistant Professor, Silje Kristiansen, Post-doctoral Associate & Aleszu Bajak, Lecturer at Northeastern University

Working paper co-published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.     This research was supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Barr Foundation with special…

Playbook for Launching a Local, Nonprofit News Outlet

June 12, 2018, 8:15 am
By Adam Fisher, MPP student, Harvard Kennedy School and Adam B. Giorgi, MPP student, Harvard Kennedy School

This playbook was written as part of a policy analysis exercise (PAE), an academic project where Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students develop solutions for a public or nonprofit sector policy or management issue presented by a client organization. News Revenue…

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…

VTDigger: A Rising Star In Nonprofit News

May 21, 2018, 8:45 am
By Tim Griggs for the Institute for Nonprofit News

A case study presented by the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and the Single Subject News Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. This report was produced with the generous support of the John S. and…

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…

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…

Using Data Science Tools for Email Audience Analysis: A Research Guide

October 18, 2017, 8:40 am
By Jacque Boltik, Data Science Consultant and Founder, Kingrail Consulting and Nicco Mele, Director, Shorenstein Center

A Report from the Shorenstein Center’s Single Subject News Engagement Project Executive Summary Email is a crucial vehicle for media companies to generate reader revenue, yet the ways we talk about and measure email have not changed for almost two…