Campaigns, Elections & Parties Publications

News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Primaries: Horse Race Reporting Has Consequences

July 11, 2016, 6:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 presidential primary races and how it affected the candidates’ chances of winning the nomination, concluding that coverage of the…

Pre-Primary News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Race: Trump’s Rise, Sanders’ Emergence, Clinton’s Struggle

June 13, 2016, 6:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 presidential candidates in the year leading up to the primaries. This crucial period, labeled “the invisible primary” by political…

The Dream is Dead: Can Taxpayer Money Save Presidential Campaigns?

May 27, 2016, 6:00 am
By Marilyn W. Thompson

A new paper by Marilyn W. Thompson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and former deputy editor of POLITICO, chronicles the rise and fall of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, and explores whether the fund could still provide a viable way…

“They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing”
Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party

July 27, 2015, 9:30 am
By Jackie Calmes

A paper by Jackie Calmes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and national correspondent for The New York Times, examines the increasing influence of conservative media on the Republican Party’s agenda. Calmes traces the history of conservative media, from its founding…

The Campaign Casino: Elections Have Become a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme, and the Press Is Missing the Story

February 19, 2014, 10:48 am
By Lee Aitken

Fall 2013 Fellow Lee Aitken examines the lack of transparency in campaign financing.

Mapping the New World: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns

September 10, 2013, 10:02 am
By Michael Slaby

A new paper from Spring 2013 Fellow Michael Slaby, former Chief Integration and Innovation Officer on the 2012 Obama for America campaign and CTO in 2008.

Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus?
Searching for a better way to cover a campaign

August 28, 2013, 5:11 pm
By Peter Hamby

In a new paper released by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, Spring 2013 Fellow Peter Hamby, who covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential races for CNN, examines the challenges of reporting on a modern political race in today’s volatile online media ecosystem.

Mom’s Best Advice: How Candidates Who Didn’t Run as Themselves Lost the Message War

July 23, 2013, 1:46 pm
By Melinda Henneberger

A paper by Spring 2013 Fellow Melinda Henneberger examines the importance of a candidate’s authenticity in presidential elections.

Dispatches From an Unfinished Uprising: The Role of Technology in the 2009 Iranian Protest Movement

August 9, 2012, 9:38 am
By Nazila Fathi

A new paper by Spring 2012 Fellow Nazila Fathi describes her experience as a journalist on the ground during the Iranian protests in June 2009.

Gone Rogue: Time to Reform the Presidential Primary Debates

January 1, 2012, 2:37 pm
By Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2011 Political Communications Strategist; Vice Chairman Hill+Knowlton Strategies Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: How would the course of history been altered had P.T. Barnum moderated the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858? Today’s…