Policy & Issues Research

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…

Rape Culture in India: The Role of the English-Language Press

July 20, 2016, 8:30 am
By Joanna Jolly with additional reporting by Uzra Khan

A new paper by Joanna Jolly, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and former BBC South Asia editor, examines the increased coverage of rape in India’s English-language newspapers following the infamous 2012 gang rape in Delhi, and whether this coverage led to…

The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS

July 5, 2016, 6:00 am
By Paul Wood

A new paper by Paul Wood, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and BBC world affairs correspondent, tells the harrowing story of a kidnapping by ISIS, and examines the ethical dilemmas that arise when reporting on terrorist organizations. Between November 2012 and…

The United States and the European Refugee Crisis: Standing with Allies

May 4, 2016, 4:30 pm
By Michael Ignatieff, Juliette Keeley, Betsy Ribble and Keith McCammon

Executive Summary The US-European relationship remains a cornerstone of American security and prosperity. It is never in America’s interest to remain a bystander when Europe’s cohesion is under threat. The refugee crisis in Europe is such a threat. This report…

The United States and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Plan of Action

January 27, 2016, 3:00 pm
By Michael Ignatieff, Rana Abdelhamid, Juliette Keeley, Lina Dakheel, Merissa Khurma, Rihab Elhaj, Alex Maza, Nikola Ilic, Betsy Ribble, Uran Ismaili, Shannon Thomas and Brynna Quillin

A new white paper by Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, and Harvard students, argues that it is in America’s national interest to help Europe manage and overcome the refugee crisis…

The Persistent Advocate: The New York Times’ Editorials and the Normalization of U.S. Ties with Cuba

December 16, 2015, 7:00 am
By Marie Sanz

A paper by Marie Sanz, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and senior correspondent for Agence France Presse, examines The New York Times’ editorials on U.S.-Cuba relations over the past five decades, and the role of the press in the restoration…

Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism

December 14, 2015, 12:00 pm
By David Ensor

A paper by David Ensor, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and former director of the Voice of America (VOA), makes the case for protecting and strengthening VOA as an independent journalistic voice in order to increase American soft power. VOA’s…

The Sanctions Against Russia: What Did the West and the Media Expect?

January 26, 2015, 2:42 pm
By Celestine Bohlen

A paper by Celestine Bohlen, Fall 2014 Fellow and columnist at The International New York Times, explores the nature of the 2014 sanctions against Russia, their effects, and the resulting media coverage. Since 2014 the US and EU have targeted…

Reporting on the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the Next One

December 15, 2014, 10:13 am
By Robert Lenzner

A new paper by Robert Lenzner, Spring 2014 Fellow and contributor to Forbes Media, examines why the media failed to detect the warning signs of the 2008 financial crisis – and how it can avoid missing them the next time…