Policy & Issues Research

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…

Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network

April 25, 2011, 2:45 pm
By Alexis Gelber

Alexis Gelber Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2011 Formerly, Newsweek magazine Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama emerged as the champion of new media by using social networking tools in innovative ways to…

Modern Citizenship or Policy Dead End? Evaluating the Need for Public Participation in Science Policy Making, and Why Public Meetings May Not Be the Answer

January 3, 2011, 2:01 pm
By Dietram A. Scheufele

A paper by Dietram A. Scheufele, fall 2010 fellow, analyzes the recent renaissance that consensus conferences and public meetings have experienced regarding the discussion of controversial emerging technologies. First, it outlines the policy history of consensus conferences and other forms of…

They Wanted Journalists to Say ‘Wow’: How NGOs Affect U.S. Media Coverage of Africa

January 1, 2011, 3:01 pm
By Karen Rothmyer

Karen Rothmyer Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2010 Contributing Editor, The Nation Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: Seeing Africa Whole: An introduction And now for some good news out of Africa. Since 1995, the rate of poverty throughout the continent…

From Natural Disaster and Social Crisis to Great Success of the Olympic Games: Transparent Governance and Foreign Correspondents in China in 2008

January 1, 2011, 2:10 pm
By Steven Guanpeng Dong

A paper by Steven Guanpeng Dong, spring 2010 fellow, takes an in‐depth look at the media policy that altered events that happened in China in 2008 and the impact these events had on the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist…