Shorenstein Center Welcomes Leaders in Journalism and Digital Technology for Spring 2012

Contact: Edie Holway
Phone: 617-495-8209
Date: January 19, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is pleased to announce its 2012 Spring Fellows and Visiting Faculty.

“This semester the Shorenstein Center will once again be bursting with brain power and talent,” said Alex Jones, the Center’s director. “Pulitzer Prize–winner Ron Suskind has a life’s worth of writerly wisdom to impart; Micah Sifry and Susan Crawford are on the forefront of the digital revolution; Nazila Fathi is a courageous Iranian journalist; David Greenway is one of the nation’s most respected commentators on foreign affairs, and Nina Easton is a star of political reporting.”

Shorenstein Fellows spend the semester researching and writing a paper, and interacting with students and members of the Harvard community.

Nina Easton is a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center. She is Fortune magazine’s Washington columnist and senior editor, covering politics and economics in the nation's capital. She is a regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday" and "Special Report." Her research project at the Shorenstein Center will examine how Americans’ view of the rich is affected by growing income inequality.

Nazila Fathi is a journalist, translator and commentator on Iran. She was based in Tehran from 2001 until 2009, reporting for The New York Times. Fathi’s project at the Shorenstein Center, as part of a book on Iran, will trace the influence of satellite television, the Internet and the press on Iranian civil society from 1993 to 2003.

H.D.S. (David) Greenway is a contributing columnist for the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and GlobalPost. He previously served as the editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, and prior to that as its national editor, and as foreign editor tasked with setting up the Globe’s foreign news bureaus. He will be researching the conflict between governments and the press over keeping secrets.

Ron Suskind is the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1995, Suskind is the author of A Hope in the Unseen, The Price of Loyalty, The One Percent Doctrine, The Way of the World and Confidence Men. He will be conducting workshops for students about the process of reporting and writing entitled, “Truth and Consequences: Crafting Powerful Narratives in the Age of Message.”

Two distinguished visiting faculty will be joining the Shorenstein Center.

Susan Crawford is the Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She will be teaching a Kennedy School course entitled “Solving Problems Using Digital Technology.”

Micah L. Sifry is the Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Public Policy. Since 2004, he has been co-founder, editor and curator of the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics. He is also the editor of TechPresident.com. He will be teaching “The Politics of the Internet” at the Kennedy School.

The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars and, increasingly, between them and the public. More information about the Center is available at www.shorensteincenter.org.

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