Policy & Issues Research

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.

Dispatches From an Unfinished Uprising: The Role of Technology in the 2009 Iranian Protest Movement

August 9, 2012, 9:38 am
By Nazila Fathi

A new paper by Spring 2012 Fellow Nazila Fathi describes her experience as a journalist on the ground during the Iranian protests in June 2009.

Anatomy of a Secret

June 21, 2012, 12:25 pm
By H.D.S. Greenway

A paper by Spring 2012 Fellow H.D.S. Greenway on The New York Times‘ decision to publish the “Stellar Wind” story.

Israel in The New York Times Over the Decades: A Changed Narrative and Its Impact on Jewish Readers

February 1, 2012, 2:30 pm
By Neil Lewis

Neil Lewis Shorenstein Center Fellow, Spring 2011 Formerly, The New York Times Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A survey of nearly 3,000 articles in The Times about Israel over the decades from the 1960’s to recent years provides a…

Stories of Climate Change: Competing Narratives, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion 2001–2010

February 1, 2012, 12:34 am
By Frederick W. Mayer

Frederick W. Mayer Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A decade that began with optimism for those advocating action to combat climate change ended in 2010 with dashed…

A Generally Bellicose Society’s Antisocial Media: Reporting Murder & Debating God in a Nation at War

November 1, 2011, 1:41 pm
By Wajahat S. Khan

A paper by Wajahat S. Khan, spring 2011 fellow, examines the media coverage following the assassination of Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer, from international journalists, oped writers, bloggers, social networkers, the governor’s friends and his critics. The paper charts the course…