Media Business Research

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…

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…

Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

May 2, 2017, 11:45 am

Conference held February 17–18, 2017 Organized by Matthew Baum, David Lazer, and Nicco Mele Sponsored by         Final report written by David Lazer †‡, Matthew Baum ‡, Nir Grinberg †‡, Lisa Friedland †‡, Kenneth Joseph†‡, Will Hobbs…

The Bezos Effect: How Amazon’s Founder Is Reinventing The Washington Post – and What Lessons It Might Hold for the Beleaguered Newspaper Business

June 8, 2016, 3:00 pm
By Dan Kennedy

A new paper by Dan Kennedy, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, provides insight into The Washington Post’s digital strategy and business model following its acquisition by Amazon founder and…

Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism

December 14, 2015, 12:00 pm
By David Ensor

A paper by David Ensor, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and former director of the Voice of America (VOA), makes the case for protecting and strengthening VOA as an independent journalistic voice in order to increase American soft power. VOA’s…