Research Initiative

Public Interest Journalism

Journalism as the “Fourth Estate” has long been held up as one of the core pillars of a healthy democracy. But as the crises of a shifting business model and declining trust in institutions hit the journalism industry, it has struggled – with dire potential and actual consequences for democracies across the world.  The Shorenstein Center aims to amplify this critical role that journalism plays in shining a light on issues and triggering action within democratic societies. Our programs lift up exceptional journalism that is making a difference, and produce research on the ways that journalism serves the public interest and public good.

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The Journalist’s Resource is a news publication aimed at bridging the gap between journalism and academia, with the goal of getting more high-quality research into the media stream.

The annual Goldsmith Awards honor the best investigative reporting that has made an impact on U.S. public policy at the local, state, or national level. Awards are also given for books on media, politics, and public policy, and to a journalist whose career has embodied the concept of public interest journalism. 



The Shorenstein Center bestows honors on prominent journalists, policymakers, or practitioners annually in the form of the David Nyhan Award for Political Writing, the Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, and the Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press



The Public Interest Tech Lab

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The Behavioral Insights Group

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Spotlight

Center News, News, Prizes & Lectures, Public Interest Journalism,
Steve Lopez wins 2021 Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Nyhan Prize Selection Committee has named Steve Lopez, columnist at the Los Angeles...
Center News, News, Public Interest Journalism,
Announcing the Winner of the 2022 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to present the 2022 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative...