Politics & Government Research

Transparency: What’s Gone Wrong with Social Media and What Can We Do About It?

March 27, 2018, 9:03 am
By Wael Ghonim, Entrepreneurship Fellow, Fall 2017, and author of Revolution 2.0, and Jake Rashbass, Knox Fellow and Master in Public Policy student, Harvard Kennedy School

Introduction: Social Media between Utopia and Dystopia “The Internet is the largest experimentation involving anarchy in history. […] Never before in history have so many people from so many places had so much power at their fingertips. And while this…

“Like They’ve Never, Ever Seen in This Country”? Political Interest and Voter Engagement in 2016

March 21, 2018, 9:47 am

A new paper by Markus Prior, fall 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellow and Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Lori D. Bougher of Princeton University, compares levels of political involvement in the 2016 presidential election to previous election…

Shorenstein Center’s First Draft Project Launches Free Course on Identifying Misinformation Online

March 19, 2018, 9:31 am

Cambridge, MA—First Draft, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, has launched a free one-hour online course to teach journalists, students, and members of the general public basic tools to verify the…

The science of fake news

March 8, 2018, 2:05 pm

With more Americans turning to social media as a primary source for news and information, the dangers posed by so-called ‘fake news’ are growing more significant. Reports of foreign influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are just one recent…

“Alt-Lite” Bloggers and the Conservative Ecosystem

February 20, 2018, 9:30 am
By Tyler Bridges, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017), Reporter, The New Orleans Advocate
Twitter: @tegbridges

Introduction This research paper examines the important role that “alt-lite” bloggers play in promoting, amplifying, and fortifying Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message to his conservative supporters. Counter-Narratives from the Right The big news was released early that morning, and it was…

Political Journalism in a Populist Age

December 11, 2017, 9:00 am
Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam
Twitter:@claesdevreese

A new paper by Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam, provides an overview of the types and causes of populist movements. He offers 10 tips…

Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

September 6, 2017, 8:40 am
By Matthew A. Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication

Executive Summary We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all…

Black Pigeon Speaks: The Anatomy of the Worldview of an Alt-Right YouTuber

June 28, 2017, 8:30 am
By Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), organizer, author and former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign

Disclaimer: This paper contains offensive content. “Alt-right” views quoted in this paper are not endorsed by the Shorenstein Center. A new paper by Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), organizer and author dives into a little-known part of the…

In Search of Unbiased Reporting in Light of Brexit, Trump and Other Reporting Challenges in the UK and US

June 13, 2017, 8:45 am
Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director

A new paper by Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director, compares the BBC’s value of impartiality to the American value of objectivity in journalism, and the pressures placed on both in their…

News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

May 18, 2017, 9:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions…