Policy & Issues Research

Notes for the Next Epidemic, Part One: Lessons from News Coverage of AIDS

October 1, 1991, 12:00 pm
By Timothy Cook

A paper by Timothy Cook, fall 1988 fellow, evaluates press coverage of the AIDS epidemic, and argues that many standard journalistic practices contributed to poor coverage of the issue, and may have led to slow policy responses. Cook cites several…

The Media in Europe After 1992: A Case Study of La Repubblica

September 1, 1991, 12:00 pm
By Sylvia Poggioli

A paper by Sylvia Poggioli, fall 1990 fellow, focuses on media consolidation in Italy in the early 1990s. For most of its history the Italian press was a “politically-subsidized” institution, writes Poggioli, with Italian newspapers often representing political parties or…

The Russian and Soviet Press: A Long Journey from Suppression to Freedom via Suppression and Glasnost

August 1, 1991, 12:00 pm
By Alexander Merkushev

A paper by Alexander Merkushev, fall 1990 fellow, traces the history of press freedom in Russia from the rule of the Czars in the 17th century to the end of the Cold War under Gorbachev. Merkushev details how the Russian…

Lies in Ink, Truth in Blood: The Role and Impact of the Chinese Media During the Beijing Spring of ‘89

August 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Linda Jakobson

A paper by Linda Jakobson, spring 1990 fellow, focuses on Chinese press coverage of the student-led Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. For this paper, Jakobson interviewed dozens of Chinese journalists, scholars and other observers, read and watched Chinese press coverage,…

Window to the West: How Television from the Federal Republic Influenced Events in East Germany

July 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By Dieter Buhl

A paper by Dieter Buhl, spring 1990 fellow, examines how television from West Germany influenced political developments in East Germany in the 1980s. Buhl’s study suggests that television functioned on at least two levels leading up to the fall of…

Tritium and the Times: How the Nuclear Weapons-Production Scandal Became a National Story

May 1, 1990, 12:00 pm
By William Lanouette

A paper by William Lanouette, spring-fall 1988 fellow, provides a case study on the role of the press in nuclear weapons policy. For more than a decade, pieces of a nationwide scandal had surfaced from the vast and sprawling system…