News Business & Practices Research

The Challenges of Democratizing News and Information: Examining Data on Social Media, Viral Patterns and Digital Influence

June 6, 2014, 2:23 pm
By John Wihbey

A new paper by John Wihbey, Managing Editor of Journalist’s Resource, provides a new perspective on the promise that digital technologies and social networks hold for the further democratization of media.

Who Gets a Press Pass? Media Credentialing Practices in the United States

June 5, 2014, 9:36 am
By Jeffrey Hermes, John Wihbey, Reynol Junco and Osman Tolga Aricak

A new report from the Digital Media Law Project and Journalist’s Resource explores media credentialing practices in the United States through a nationwide survey of more than 1,300 newsgatherers.

A Letter to Journalists from a Former FCC Commissioner

February 20, 2014, 2:01 pm
By Michael Copps

Fall 2013 Fellow Michael Copps, former Federal Communications Commissioner, shares concerns and offers advice regarding government regulation of corporate media.

RIPTIDE: What Really Happened to the News Business

September 8, 2013, 5:18 pm
By John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz, and Paul Sagan

Riptide, an important new website and paper by Shorenstein Center Fellows John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz and Paul Sagan, chronicles the digital disruption of the news business from 1980 to the present.

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.

What’s Black and White and Retweeted All Over? Teaching news literacy in the digital age

February 15, 2012, 12:54 am
By Renée Loth

A paper by Fall 2011 Fellow Renée Loth.

Disengaged: Elite Media in a Vernacular Nation

May 25, 2011, 2:42 pm
By Bob Calo

Bob Calo Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2011 Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: Journalists, by and large, regard the “crisis” as something that happened to them, and not anything they did. It was…

Partners of Necessity: The Case for Collaboration in Local Investigative Reporting

April 20, 2011, 2:51 pm
By Sandy Rowe

Sandy Rowe Shorenstein Center Knight Fellow, Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 Former editor, The Oregonian, Portland Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: Anyone who thinks there’s an easy rescue in sight for rebuilding local investigative reporting capacity is wrong. Newspapers,…

From Natural Disaster and Social Crisis to Great Success of the Olympic Games: Transparent Governance and Foreign Correspondents in China in 2008

January 1, 2011, 2:10 pm
By Steven Guanpeng Dong

A paper by Steven Guanpeng Dong, spring 2010 fellow, takes an in‐depth look at the media policy that altered events that happened in China in 2008 and the impact these events had on the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist…