From the Director

Alex S. Jones

The Shorenstein Center happily celebrates 25 years of teaching, research and engagement with the broad topic of media, politics and public policy. This publication describes the history of the Shorenstein Center and its programs.

Our mission is to explore and illuminate the intersection of media, politics and public policy both in theory and in practice. Through teaching and research at the Kennedy School; an active fellowship program; student workshops, scholarships and internships; speakers, prizes and endowed lectures; the Journalist’s Resource website, which is becoming an essential part of public policy reporting; and involvement in programs like the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, the Shorenstein Center has been at the forefront of new thinking about the media and politics.

Over the past 25 years, our political climate has changed dramatically and the myriad technological advances have changed the news business, and nearly every other business, entirely. Issues of free speech, civil liberty, national security, globalization and rising tensions between corporate and journalistic objectives confront us. The Shorenstein Center has embraced digital media and sought out new faculty, fellows, staff and speakers who are educating our students, conducting research and developing ideas about the role of digital technology in governance and other areas. It is an exciting time to be a part of Harvard (celebrating its 375th anniversary) and the Kennedy School (celebrating its 75th anniversary).

We thank all of the students, scholars, reporters, donors, conference participants, speakers, visiting fellows and faculty, and our wonderful staff, all of whom have made this a vibrant, thoughtful and collegial community. And we offer special thanks to the Shorenstein family. We are grateful to everyone who has participated in the Center over the past 25 years and look forward to expanding our programs in new directions as we take on the challenges of the future.

Alex S. Jones