The DeWitt Wallace Center is proud to announce the publication of Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government. This volume is the result of a Duke/Oxford/Reuters Institute conference held in October 2012 with British and American journalists and scholars, who met to discuss government transparency and the media. Led by former DeWitt Wallace Center director and current Director of the Journalism Program at Stanford University James T. Hamilton, the book features chapters by former Washington Post managing editor and current DeWitt Wallace Center director Philip Bennett and former Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy and current New York Times reporter Sarah Cohen. While examining how transparency and open government initiatives have affected the accountability role of the press in the US and the UK in recent years, the book explores how policies in these two countries could change in the future to help journalists hold governments more accountable. Click here for further information about the book.
Former director of the CIA and NSA General Michael Hayden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman discussed “Leakers or Whistleblowers? National Security Reporting in the Digital Age.” in front of a packed house on November 11th. This 2013 Robert R. Wilson Lecture was sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Video of the event, which was moderated by Professor David Schanzer, can be watched on the Sanford School’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1ck4vJY
View Gellman’s articles and interviews. Read in-depth coverage here and here.
Professors Bill Adair (Public Policy, DWC) and Jun Yang (Computer Science) have teamed up to present DATA+JOURNALISM: A Speaker series. On November 4, Brendan Nyhan (assistant professor of Government, Dartmouth College, and media critic, Columbia Journalism Review) will present the second series talk “Vibrations” versus data: What media coverage gets wrong about presidential elections. The series features journalists and computer scientists leading the national conversation about data and the reinvention of journalism. These campus talks explore a common challenge: how can we turn raw data in records, transcripts, tweets, and other artifacts of governing and human interactions into useful information and insights? Be sure to watch for upcoming notices about the series, funded by the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD). Contact Shelley Stonecipher for more information.
Ryan Thornburg, associate professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will share his expertise with Duke for the 2013-14 academic year, as a mentor to the students of Duke’s independent student news organization, The Chronicle. Thornburg will help guide The Chronicle’s transition to a digital-first news product. Thornburg’s appointment at Duke as a Visiting Lecturer in Digital Media will make him part of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy (DWC) at the Sanford School of Public Policy.