Policy & Issues Research

Platform Accountability and Contemporary Competition Law: Practical Considerations

November 20, 2018, 4:03 pm
By Philip Verveer, Visiting Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

Introduction “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”  President Donald Trump with respect to Google, Facebook, and Amazon, interview with Bloomberg News, August 30,…

The Root of the Matter: Data and Duty

November 1, 2018, 5:28 pm
By Tom Wheeler, Senior Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 2013-2017

Rules for the New Digital Economy Should Look to Old Common Law Traditions There are 39 million books in the Library of Congress. This impressive analog measurement pales in comparison, however, with the realities of the digital world. Every day…

The Fight Against Disinformation in the U.S.: A Landscape Analysis

November 1, 2018, 3:53 pm
By Heidi Legg, Director of Special Projects at the Shorenstein Center and Joe Kerwin, Harvard College Senior, Dunster House

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. The views expressed in the Shorenstein Center Fellows Research Paper Series are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or of Harvard University. Fellows…

Digital Deceit II: A Policy Agenda to Fight Disinformation on the Internet

October 2, 2018, 10:52 am
By Dipayan Ghosh, Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; and Ben Scott, Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Omidyar Network

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or of Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Doom and Gloom: The Role of the Media in Public Disengagement on Climate Change

May 29, 2018, 9:00 pm
By Elizabeth Arnold, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Spring 2018, and Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Alaska

Photo credits: Diane Haeker and Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) Introduction In July of 2008, as a national broadcast correspondent, I reported on environmental conditions in Newtok, a remote community of roughly 400 Yup’ik people in Northwest Alaska. Newtok…

In the Shadow of Kerner: Fifty Years Later, Newsroom Diversity and Equity Stall

May 22, 2018, 5:45 am
By Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Spring 2017, and Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Introduction The staffing of the American news media has never fully reflected the diversity of the nation. For most of the country’s history, Latino and non-white journalists were not welcomed in white-run newsrooms and, through their own news outlets, produced…

Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

September 6, 2017, 8:40 am
By Matthew A. Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication

Executive Summary We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all…

Environmental Justice? Unjust Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis

July 11, 2017, 8:30 am
By Derrick Z. Jackson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016), Boston Globe essayist, climate and energy writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists

A new paper by Derrick Z. Jackson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016), Boston Globe essayist, and a climate and energy writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines the failure of national media outlets to respond to the Flint water crisis…

Snake and Stranger: Media Coverage of Muslims and Refugee Policy

June 22, 2017, 8:15 am
By Meighan Stone, Entrepreneurship Fellow, spring 2017, and former president of the Malala Fund

Photo: Dulles International Airport travel ban protest, Geoff Livingston. A new paper by Meighan Stone, Entrepreneurship Fellow (spring 2017) and former president of the Malala Fund, argues that the predominantly negative coverage of Muslims and refugees on U.S. TV news contributes to negative…

How Women Journalists Are Silenced in a Man’s World: The Double-Edged Sword of Reporting from Muslim Countries

June 19, 2017, 8:15 am
Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and
Iranian journalist, formerly of Bloomberg News and The National

Photo: Shifa Gardi, a journalist for an Iraqi Kurdish television station, was killed by a roadside bomb while reporting.  A new paper by Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and Iranian journalist, shines a light on the difficulties women reporters…