Policy & Issues Research

Implementation of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the American Press: Objectives, Obstacles, and Incentives

January 1, 1996, 12:00 pm

Racial and ethnic diversity in the American press is a long standing concern. This Shorenstein Center report concludes that while much research has been done and the objectives are clear, there are numerous obstacles to implementation. Under-representation of minorities is…

The Foreign News Flow in the Information Age

January 1, 1996, 9:36 am
By Claude Moisy

A paper by Claude Moisy, spring 1995 fellow, asks whether the Internet is likely to improve the flow of international news, make the public more aware of world problems and, consequently, contribute to their solution. To address these questions, Moisy…

The Next War: Live?

January 1, 1996, 9:36 am
By Barrie Dunsmore

A paper by Barrie Dunsmore, fall 1995 fellow, explores the questions that arise from the possibility of live television coverage from the battlefield. What are its likely military consequences? Does it actually threaten operational security? Could it affect or change…

Framing Identity: The Press in Crown Heights

January 1, 1996, 9:36 am
By Carol B. Conaway

A paper by Carol B. Conaway, fall 1994 fellow, examines the media coverage of the 1991 Crown Heights riot, which was sparked when two Caribbean-American children were struck by an automobile in the motorcade of a Jewish sect leader. Conaway…

Post-Communist Eastern Europe: The Difficult Birth of a Free Press

August 1, 1995, 12:00 pm
By Bernard Margueritte

A paper by Bernard Margueritte, fall 1993 fellow, surveys the state of the press in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain. With weak training and standards, intense competition, and an invasion of Western investors, managers and press…

The Nigerian Press Under the Military: Persecution, Resilience and Political Crisis (1983–1993)

May 1, 1995, 12:00 pm
By Adeyinka Adeyemi

A paper by Adeyinka Adeyemi, fall 1993  fellow, analyzes Nigeria’s media landscape and finds that despite outward signs of a modern and vibrant press/government relationship, the country’s press is still not truly free. Adeyemi traces the oscillation between subtle and…

Hispanic Voices: Is the Press Listening?

January 1, 1995, 12:00 pm
By Jorge Quiroga

A paper by Jorge Quiroga, fall 1993 fellow, examines press coverage of the Hispanic community in the United States. Quiroga argues that the press serves as a gatekeeper, denying members of the Hispanic community full membership in the American political…

The Future of Global Television News

September 1, 1994, 12:00 pm
By Richard Parker

A paper by Richard Parker, spring 1993 fellow, explores the potential opportunities and challenges for a new era of “global television.” After seeing TV coverage of Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War broadcast live around the world, it’s hard to…

From Bhopal to Superfund: The News Media and the Environment

September 1, 1994, 12:00 pm
By Sanjoy Hazarika

A paper by Sanjoy Hazarika, fall 1993 fellow, analyzes the press coverage of India’s Bhopal disaster in 1984. Hazarika was one of the first reporters to cover the industrial accident, a gas leak from a pesticide plant that killed more…

Transmitting Race: The Los Angeles Riot in Television News

May 1, 1994, 12:00 pm
By Erna Smith

A paper by Erna Smith, fall 1992 fellow, examines framing in the TV news coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riot. Smith analyzes the content of television broadcasts before, during and after the riot on ten television stations, and draws…