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

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Tracie Powell, Fall 2021 Shorenstein Center Research Fellow
Tracie Powell, expert on audience development, community engagement, philanthropy, and equity in journalism, joins the Shorenstein Center as a Fall 2021...
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Maria Ressa Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler.com, global press freedom advocate, and Fall 2021 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize today. In...