Politics & Government Research

The Dream is Dead: Can Taxpayer Money Save Presidential Campaigns?

May 27, 2016, 6:00 am
By Marilyn W. Thompson

A new paper by Marilyn W. Thompson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and former deputy editor of POLITICO, chronicles the rise and fall of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, and explores whether the fund could still provide a viable way…

“They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing”
Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party

July 27, 2015, 9:30 am
By Jackie Calmes

A paper by Jackie Calmes, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and national correspondent for The New York Times, examines the increasing influence of conservative media on the Republican Party’s agenda. Calmes traces the history of conservative media, from its founding…

The Press and Edward Kennedy: A Case Study of Journalistic Behavior

March 24, 2015, 4:22 pm
By Neal Gabler

A paper by Neal Gabler, former Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2011), author and film critic, examines the quantity and nature of media coverage of Edward Kennedy over the course of his political career. Gabler analyzed press coverage of Edward M….

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.

The Campaign Casino: Elections Have Become a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme, and the Press Is Missing the Story

February 19, 2014, 10:48 am
By Lee Aitken

Fall 2013 Fellow Lee Aitken examines the lack of transparency in campaign financing.

Mapping the New World: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns

September 10, 2013, 10:02 am
By Michael Slaby

A new paper from Spring 2013 Fellow Michael Slaby, former Chief Integration and Innovation Officer on the 2012 Obama for America campaign and CTO in 2008.

Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus?
Searching for a better way to cover a campaign

August 28, 2013, 5:11 pm
By Peter Hamby

In a new paper released by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, Spring 2013 Fellow Peter Hamby, who covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential races for CNN, examines the challenges of reporting on a modern political race in today’s volatile online media ecosystem.

Mom’s Best Advice: How Candidates Who Didn’t Run as Themselves Lost the Message War

July 23, 2013, 1:46 pm
By Melinda Henneberger

A paper by Spring 2013 Fellow Melinda Henneberger examines the importance of a candidate’s authenticity in presidential elections.

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.

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.