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Nine Sundays: A Proposal for Better Presidential Campaign Coverage

January 1, 1991, 12:00 pm

This Shorenstein Center report by John Ellis provides recommendations for improving election coverage during the nine Sundays between Labor Day and Election Day, when public interest in the presidential campaign increases. This proposal recommends that major broadcast networks provide 90…

Expanding the Public’s Right to Know: Access to Settlement Records under the First Amendment

December 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By John J. Watkins

A paper by John J. Watkins, spring 1990 fellow, explores a question often confronted by the lower courts: whether the First Amendment right of access extends to settlement agreements and related documents in civil cases. These records are not inconsequential…

Lies in Ink, Truth in Blood: The Role and Impact of the Chinese Media During the Beijing Spring of ‘89

August 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Linda Jakobson

A paper by Linda Jakobson, spring 1990 fellow, focuses on Chinese press coverage of the student-led Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. For this paper, Jakobson interviewed dozens of Chinese journalists, scholars and other observers, read and watched Chinese press coverage,…

Window to the West: How Television from the Federal Republic Influenced Events in East Germany

July 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Dieter Buhl

A paper by Dieter Buhl, spring 1990 fellow, examines how television from West Germany influenced political developments in East Germany in the 1980s. Buhl’s study suggests that television functioned on at least two levels leading up to the fall of…

Sound Bite Democracy: Network Evening News Presidential Campaign Coverage, 1968 and 1988

June 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Kiku Adatto

A paper by Kiku Adatto, fall 1989 fellow, analyzes how televised news coverage of presidential campaigns has changed, and finds that sound bites have been steadily shrinking. The average sound bite, or block of uninterrupted speech, from a presidential candidate…

School for Scandal

March 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Sissela Bok

A speech delivered by author and philosopher Sissela Bok, on March 29, 1990, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, as part of the Shorenstein Center’s conference “School for Scandal: Lessons for the Politicians and the Press.” Bok addresses…

Reflections on Television’s Role in American Presidential Elections

January 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Lawrence K. Grossman

A paper by Lawrence K. Grossman, Visiting Stanton Lecturer, 1987-1988, explores why, despite a high volume of campaign coverage, voter turnout for the 1988 election was at its lowest point since 1924. Grossman argues that the problem is partly television,…

The Politics of Character and the Character of Journalism

October 11, 1989, 12:00 pm
By Judith Lichtenberg

A paper by Judith Lichtenberg, visiting assistant professor, spring 1988, asks why “the character question” has assumed such a central role in presidential politics. Lichtenberg analyzes why we place value on and how we measure “moral goodness, strength of will,…