Politics & Government 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.

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.

Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

January 25, 2012, 2:26 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com; Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A Shift in Power In the information economy, data is power and we face a…

Gone Rogue: Time to Reform the Presidential Primary Debates

January 1, 2012, 2:37 pm
By Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2011 Political Communications Strategist; Vice Chairman Hill+Knowlton Strategies Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: How would the course of history been altered had P.T. Barnum moderated the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858? Today’s…

Reflections on Public Service

August 15, 2011, 1:52 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra, fall 2011 fellow, shares his reflections on public service, which included the positions of the first U.S. Chief Information Officer in President Obama’s administration, Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty’s cabinet in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce…