Policy & Issues Research

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…

The Media and Markets: How Systematic Misreporting Inflates Bubbles, Deepens Downturns and Distorts Economic Reality

August 11, 2014, 12:06 pm
By Stefan Theil

A paper by Fall 2013 Fellow Stefan Theil looks at the systematic mistakes that editors and reporters repeatedly make when they cover the economy.

A Letter to Journalists from a Former FCC Commissioner

February 20, 2014, 2:01 pm
By Michael Copps

Fall 2013 Fellow Michael Copps, former Federal Communications Commissioner, shares concerns and offers advice regarding government regulation of corporate media.

Media Coverage of the Drone Program

May 2, 2013, 9:06 am
By Tara McKelvey

In her Shorenstein Center paper, Fall 2012 Fellow Tara McKelvey examines the media coverage of the U.S. drone program in five major news outlets.

Nature’s Prophet: Bill McKibben as Journalist, Public Intellectual and Activist

March 7, 2013, 9:58 am
By Matthew C. Nisbet

A paper by Fall 2012 Fellow Matthew C. Nisbet examines the impact of “knowledge journalism” on the climate change debate.

Podium Wars: President Hamid Karzai, the Foreign Press, and the Afghan War

January 14, 2013, 4:54 pm
By Joshua Partlow

A paper by Fall Fellow Joshua Partlow, foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, looks at press coverage of President Karzai and his criticism of it.

Rebelling Against the Rich: Lessons from the media’s coverage of the 1% divide

September 10, 2012, 10:59 am
By Nina Easton

A paper by former Fellow Nina Easton looks at how the media has covered wealth, as well as recent reporting on the one percent and Occupy Wall Street.