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    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.

Program Overview

We are in the midst of historic media transformation in which our understanding of truth, trust, and communication has been upended by a combination of technological, social, and political forces. In this landscape characterized by disruption, distraction, and polarization, how can leaders prevail in advancing agendas and promoting solutions? When more and more of us are turning to decentralized and informal sources of information, who do we trust? Amidst the rampant spread of misinformation and coordinated disinformation campaigns, how do we separate fact from fiction?

Led by Faculty Chair Nancy Gibbs, former Editor In Chief of TIME, Leading through the Changing Media Landscape is a groundbreaking online program designed to equip you with strategies and techniques to be more successful in this age of disinformation and mistrust.

In a disrupted, distracted, and polarized media environment, success depends on your ability to reach audiences with a clear message and deflect networked disinformation campaigns. With the right expertise, practical tools, and latest insights, leaders can be more effective navigating this complex and evolving situation.

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The Leading through the Changing Media Landscape curriculum combines live online faculty-led sessions, peer-to-peer learning, small group workshops, individual assignments, and robust class discussions, this program will help you strengthen the critical skills needed to lead more effectively amidst a rapidly changing media landscape whether or not “communications” as traditionally understood, is part of your formal role.

Throughout the two weeks, this online program will deepen your understanding of the factors that have transformed today’s information environment and those that continue to shape it every day. Considering these changes, you will also learn how to be more effective in your daily work using actionable intelligence, cutting-edge research findings, and proven tools.



Leading through the Changing Media Landscape will help you:

  • Gain a sophisticated understanding of today’s dynamic media ecosystem and how to navigate it
  • Acquire practical tools to overcome specific challenges within the media environment
  • Learn new ways to communicate more effectively, both within your organization and externally with stakeholders and the broader public
  • Gain deeper insight into how trust, polarization, mis- and dis-information, news deserts, and algorithms shape the media environment
  • Examine how the “attention economy”, emotion, and psychological bias, affect information processing
  • Improve communication strategies across differences
  • Explore global trends in and challenges with social and media platforms including accountability issues

Application Information

Take part in an invigorating and interactive live online program that still allows you time to balance day-to-day responsibilities. View the draft program schedule. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change.


"Leading Through the Changing Media Landscape is perfectly aligned with the times. In this age of misinformation, it was great to learn how to keep the rising tide of fake news from drowning our democracy among so many other great lessons.”

Brenda Duran, Strategic Communications Executive, LA County
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Faculty Chair Nancy Gibbs discusses the new Leading through the Changing Media Landscape executive program.

Faculty & Research

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Nancy Gibbs

Lombard Director of the Shorenstein Center
Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy

Brian Friedberg

Brian Friedberg

Senior Researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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Sharad Goel

Professor of Public Policy

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Juliette Kayyem

Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security

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Jennifer Lerner

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management
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Julia Minson

Associate Professor of Public Policy

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Todd Rogers

Weatherhead Professor of Public Policy
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Latanya Sweeney

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology, HKS and FAS

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Margaret Talev

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Faculty Webinar: Our Information Emergency-Navigating the Media Environment

Faculty Chair Nancy Gibbs explores the underlying forces that are shaping today’s media environment, and techniques to be more successful in light of these forces.

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