Harvard professor Thomas E. Patterson explains why journalists must help the public understand why U.S. voting rights are less than absolute.
"If states were to greatly expand their mail-balloting option, risks will remain, though the risks do not include some of the possibilities that have attracted substantial news coverage," writes Thomas E. Patterson.
As in their coverage of the 1948 presidential election, journalists still tend to build their narratives and candidate images around poll results.
"Election Beat 2020" is a new series of columns authored by Thomas E. Patterson at Harvard Kennedy School. In his inaugural piece, he discusses the problem of "meta-narratives."
When journalists embed President Donald Trump’s tweets into news stories, they could unknowingly help him gain voter support, a new paper finds.
Florida State University researcher Joshua I. Newman offers guidance to help journalists better understand and report on the link between NASCAR and U.S. politics.
A new study reveals that voicing support for police can be a “dog whistle” politicians use to appeal to U.S. voters threatened by challenges to America’s racial status quo.
Three investigative journalists offer tips on how reporters should approach newsroom collaborations and how these partnerships can be more effective.
We spotlight seven research studies published in 2019 that examine fake news from multiple angles, including what makes fact-checking most effective.
A forthcoming study offers new insights into voters' behavior at the polls, including their reactions to long lines and voter ID laws.