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Local press covered the Flint water crisis diligently from the outset—but it took nearly a year before it regularly made national headlines. A new paper by fellow Derrick Z. Jackson examines the failure of national news outlets to respond to the Flint water crisis in an urgent manner, biases in coverage, and how media frequently ignore environmental problems in minority and poor communities. 

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“YouTube now has a large number of right-wing channels that collectively have millions of viewers who are exposed to theories too extreme even for talk radio.” A new paper by Zack Exley, fellow and former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, examines how the alt-right uses YouTube to build influence and spread its ideas.

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A new paper finds that U.S. TV news coverage of Muslims is predominantly negative, focusing on violent events, while underplaying positive developments in the Muslim community. Additionally, Muslims rarely speak for themselves in newscasts. Meighan Stone, fellow and former president of the Malala Fund, argues that this coverage contributes to Islamophobia and policies such as President Trump’s “Muslim ban.” 

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“Now that my husband and I are free and living in the United States, I have a responsibility to women—and in particular to my fellow journalists in Iran and other countries who may not have a platform, or the security—to make my voice heard.” Fellow Yeganeh Rezaian shines a light on the difficulties women reporters can face while working in Muslim countries, as well as the importance of the stories they tell.

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How do finances, political pressures, and the nature of the modern news cycle impact journalism in the US and the UK? Helen Boaden, fellow and former BBC News and BBC Radio director, compares the challenges journalists face in the US and at the BBC in a new paper.

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All Trump, all the time? New study on news coverage of Trump’s first 100 days finds the president was the featured speaker in 65% of his TV news coverage, while voices from Democrats were featured in only 6% of coverage.

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The Shorenstein Center’s 30th year was filled with engaging speakers, timely research, and new opportunities for students. Read about the highlights in our 2016-2017 annual report, and hear students, fellows, and faculty share why the Center matters to them in a new video. 

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New report: Where does fake news come from, why do people believe it, and how can its negative effects be mitigated? Which tactics are effective in stopping its spread, and what research is still needed in order to better foster information systems that encourage a culture of truth? 

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"The Trump train is a white phenomenon, not a poor white phenomenon. At every economic level, white people...came out for Trump at the same rate. I don’t see any news stories or media narratives examining the great mystery of why middle class suburban white men with golf clubs and tidy garages voted for him—but there are a lot of obsessive reports going on about why coal country did." Sarah Smarsh, a reporter for The New Yorker, The Guardian, and other outlets discusses what the media misses when it covers class in the U.S. 

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Yochai Benkler of Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University discusses his new study on the right-wing media ecosystem, and how it influenced the election and broader media coverage. “What you see is a distinctly asymmetric model of polarization...The asymmetry strongly suggests that we’re not looking at a technologically determined phenomenon, but rather at a politically, culturally, socially driven phenomenon."
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