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The Shorenstein Center Media and Politics Podcast features insight and expertise from leading voices at the intersection of media, politics and public policy. Prominent journalists, editors and academics address topics such as the media industry, campaigns and politics, foreign policy, race and gender, and technology.

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The Shorenstein Center Media and Politics Podcast features insight and expertise from leading voices at the intersection of media, politics and public policy. Prominent journalists, editors and academics address topics such as the media industry, campaigns and politics, foreign policy, race and gender, and technology.

    On the Trail of Xi Jinping

    On the Trail of Xi Jinping

    Jane Perlez, former Beijing Bureau Chief for The New York Times, witnessed Xi Jinping's rise to power during her seven years reporting from China. Her new podcast, On the Trail of Xi Jinping, follows China's current leader, and how the West got him so wrong.

    For a full transcript of this podcast visit https://shorensteincenter.org/transcript:-on-the-trail-of-xi-jinping/

    • 37 min
    The Landscape of Local News Models in America

    The Landscape of Local News Models in America

    Local journalism is in crisis, off and online. Years of downsizing in the face of digital disruption have weakened regional and local news organizations. But there are a few glimpses of hope in models for local news across the country.
    In this special edition of our podcast, Heidi Legg, the Shorenstein Center's Director of Special Projects, reads her new landscape study on local news models across America. This landscape study includes over 40 mini case studies on outlets that are making the shift, starting fresh, or experimenting with new ways to survive and thrive.
    To read the full print version of the paper, visit https://shorensteincenter.org/landscape-local-news-models/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Streaming War Won: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the news

    Streaming War Won: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the news

    Shorenstein Center Spring 2019 Fellow Edward F. O'Keefe served most recently as Senior Vice President of Content Development at CNN, previously worked as a reporter at ABC News and editor in chief of Now This, and is a media industry expert in mobile, short-form video, OTT and streaming content. His research as a Shorenstein Fellow has focused on why news may be the key to winning the streaming video wars, and who is doing news (even if they don't call it that) in the streaming universe to-date. 
    In this special episode of the Shorenstein Center Media & Politics Podcast, Ed O'Keefe reads his paper "Streaming War Won" in its (very engaging) entirety.  
    For the original, written, version of this paper visit https://shorensteincenter.org/streaming-war-won/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Garrett Graff: Decoding the Mueller Investigation

    Garrett Graff: Decoding the Mueller Investigation

    Shorenstein Center director Nicco Mele speaks to Garrett M. Graff, journalist, historian, and director of the Aspen Institute's Cybersecurity and Technology Program, about the Mueller Investigation: what we know, what we still don't know, and what's next. 
    This Shorenstein Center Speaker Series event was recorded April 2, 2019, at Harvard Kennedy School. 
    Music ("Skip a Beat" by Intimidation) provided by ExtremeMusic.com. 
     

    • 1 hr
    Behind the Reporting: South Bend Tribune and ProPublica's "Criminal Justice in Elkhart, Indiana"

    Behind the Reporting: South Bend Tribune and ProPublica's "Criminal Justice in Elkhart, Indiana"

    Reporting from the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica revealed deep flaws and abuses of power in the criminal justice system in Elkhart, Indiana – from new revelations in the wrongful convictions of two men, to the promotions of police supervisors with serious disciplinary records, to the mishandling of police misconduct cases. The investigation led to the resignation of the police chief, criminal charges against two officers and plans for an independent investigation of the department, demonstrating the strong, immediate impact that investigative journalism can have at the local level – and its ability to force critical changes in communities.
    Read this excellent example of collaborative journalism here: https://www.southbendtribune.com/elkhartcoverage/
    Heidi Legg talked to reporter Christian Sheckler from the south Bend Tribune, and Ken Armstrong from ProPublica, about the deep searches they did through public records to find evidence of misconduct, and the collaborative experience of reporting this story at the South Bend Tribune - a local newspaper with only 12 reporters.  
    This episode is part of the Shorenstein Center's special series of interviews with the finalists for the 2019 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism. The Goldsmith Prize winner will be announced at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on March 12, 2019.
    Music provided by ExtremeMusic.com

    • 18 min
    Behind the Reporting: ProPublica's "Zero Tolerance"

    Behind the Reporting: ProPublica's "Zero Tolerance"

    ProPublica obtained and published a secret recording from inside a border patrol detention center that captured the sounds of children, recently separated from their families at the Mexican border, sobbing and begging for their parents. The audio clip was played on the floors of Congress, sparking widespread condemnation and having an almost immediate impact, with President Trump signing an executive order to end the family separation policy within 48 hours of its publication. ProPublica reporters then dug deeper into conditions at the detention centers, detailing abuse and assaults on immigrant children, directly countering the administration’s claims that the shelters were safe havens.
    Read, and listen, to their reporting here: https://www.propublica.org/series/zero-tolerance
    In this episode, Heidi Legg talks with reporters Ginger Thompson and Mike Grabell about getting the audio recording, and how their reporting unfolded and uncovered more and more layers from there. 
    This episode is part of the Shorenstein Center's special series of interviews with the finalists for the 2019 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism. The Goldsmith Prize winner will be announced at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on March 12, 2019.
    Music provided by ExtremeMusic.com

    • 13 min

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