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Fanning the Flames: The News Media’s Role in the Rise of Negativity in Presidential Campaigns

February 1, 2010, 4:04 pm
By John G. Geer

John G. Geer Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2009 Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Summary “Ads are about news coverage these days.” Mark McKinnon, November 2009 The rise of negativity in presidential campaigns…

Changes in Media Polling in Recent Presidential Campaigns: Moving from Good to “Average” at CNN

June 1, 2009, 3:25 pm
By Michael W. Traugott

A paper by Michael W. Traugott, spring 2009 fellow, details the problematic rise of the “poll of polls,” an average of other organizations’ recent data rather than new information gathered by the news organization itself. This paper reviews how polling…

Exit Polls: Better or Worse Since the 2000 Election?

January 1, 2008, 4:12 pm
By Robin Sproul

A paper by Robin Sproul, fall 2007 fellow, details the growing problems with exit polls. Sproul writes that “the six news organizations that jointly conduct exit polls, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and the Associated Press have been on a…

The Road to Wikipolitics: Life and Death of the Modern Presidential Primary, b. 1968 – d. 2008

January 1, 2008, 3:32 pm
By Tom Fiedler

A paper by Tom Fiedler, fall 2007 fellow, considers whether the structure of the presidential primary – which includes special treatment of Iowa, New Hampshire and, lately, Nevada and South Carolina, is in decline. Fiedler argues that this change also coincides…

Character and the Primaries of 2008: What Were the Media Master Narratives about the Candidates During the Primary Season?

January 1, 2008, 12:00 pm

A report by the Shorenstein Center and the Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzes positive and negative press coverage of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain. The study first examines the dominant personal narratives about the candidates…

The Invisible Primary — Invisible No Longer: A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign

October 1, 2007, 12:00 pm

This study by the Shorenstein Center and the Project for Excellence in Journalism found that in the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already winnowed the race to mostly five candidates and offered Americans relatively little…

The Role of Georgia’s Media — and Western Aid — in the Rose Revolution

January 1, 2006, 3:23 pm
By David Anable

A paper by David Anable, fall 2005 fellow, examines the role of the Georgian media in the country’s Rose Revolution and the impact that Western media development aid played in enabling this to occur. It also looks at what has…

The Reporters

January 1, 2005, 12:17 pm
By Alex Sanders

Alex Sanders, fall 2004 fellow, writes about his run for the Senate, as a Democratic nominee from South Carolina to succeed J. Strom Thurmond, and recounts his experience – mostly positive – with handling the press. The paper also draws…

Are America and “Old Europe” Reconciled after the War in Iraq, and Does It Matter? An Examination of U.S. and European Reporting of the Outcome of the Presidential Election

January 1, 2005, 12:09 pm
By Jacqueline Jones

A paper by Jacqueline Jones, fall 2004 fellow, examines whether the reelection of President George W. Bush left the alliance between the U.S. and Europe stronger or shattered. There was a huge appetite in European newspapers for stories on the…

Eleven Recommendations for Improving Election Night Coverage

January 1, 2004, 12:00 pm

This pamphlet by Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Shorenstein Center, contains ideas for strengthening election night telecasts. The recommendations were developed in consultation with television executives and journalists, by examining the internal reviews that…