Media Business Research

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…

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rise of Open News Platforms: The Twisty Path towards a Net Ecosystem That Makes News More Discoverable, Reusable, and Relevant

July 10, 2015, 12:00 pm
By David Weinberger

A paper by David Weinberger, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center, explores the successes, challenges and opportunities for news organizations using APIs. An API (application programming interface) enables websites and applications to talk to…

Anatomy of a Global Investigation: Collaborative, Data-Driven, Without Borders

July 6, 2015, 4:30 pm
By William E. Buzenberg

A paper by William E. Buzenberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and former Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, explores the need for and impact of international collaborations among news outlets. Buzenberg argues that although our world – and…

Tech Beat: Reporters Covering the Digital Era Assess the News Business’s Struggle to Transform

April 14, 2015, 8:33 pm
By John M. Geddes

A paper by John M. Geddes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014) and former managing editor of The New York Times explores the disruption of the news industry through the lens of technology reporters. A transformative wave washed over the world…

Stickier News: What Newspapers Don’t Know about Web Traffic Has Hurt Them Badly – But There is a Better Way

April 3, 2015, 10:05 am
By Matthew Hindman

A paper by Matthew Hindman, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014) and Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, examines why local newspapers are falling behind in online audience growth and how they…

The Challenges of Democratizing News and Information: Examining Data on Social Media, Viral Patterns and Digital Influence

June 6, 2014, 2:23 pm
By John Wihbey

A new paper by John Wihbey, Managing Editor of Journalist’s Resource, provides a new perspective on the promise that digital technologies and social networks hold for the further democratization of media.