News Business & Practices Research

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…

Ants at the Picnic: A Status Report on News Coverage of State Government

May 25, 2010, 3:44 pm
By Gene Gibbons

Gene Gibbons Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Former Executive Editor, Stateline.org Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Introduction I borrowed a wonderful quote from Ross Ramsey, managing editor of The Texas Tribune, for the title of this discussion paper….

Confusion, Contradiction and Irony: The Iraqi Media in 2010

April 25, 2010, 3:48 pm
By Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Correspondent, National Public Radio Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Abstract After the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, Iraq’s news media environment transformed almost overnight from the tightly controlled propaganda…

The Power of TV News: An Insider’s Perspective on the Launch of BBC Persian TV in the Year of the Iranian Uprising

February 1, 2010, 4:07 pm
By Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2009 Executive Editor, Asia Pacific Region, BBC Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Introduction “Well, of course you’re from MI6. You’re a spy.” … “Pass the pomegranate juice, please.” The accusation was made to…

Clues in the Rubble: A User-First Framework for Sustaining Local News

February 1, 2010, 4:00 pm
By Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell Sagan Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Fall 2009 Leader of News Transformation & International Programs, The Poynter Institute Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Summary This paper concludes that it’s too soon in journalism’s chaotic transition from analog to digital…