Entries by Laurel Hart


Worth Reading, Sept 4, 2012

We hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend here in the U.S. Now back to our usual schedule. Trust and the media: A recent study found that even though trust in media institutions has been falling, most people would still rather get their news from professional journalists. From Poynter‘s story on the study: “More than […]


Worth Reading, Aug 27, 2012

Hello again. After a summer break (including the launch of my colleague Fred Garcia’s book The Power of Communication), the Worth Reading updates are back, with highlights of items that have caught our interest in the last week or so. Journalism and politics: The topic of politics is inescapable as we head into the heated […]


Worth Reading, Apr 23, 2012

  A few useful research reports have been published in the last two weeks, in addition to the usual interesting commentary that caught our eye. Pew Internet on “Digital Differences”: The Pew Research Center summarizes the findings by saying, “One-in-five [American] adults do not use the internet. The difference between that group and the majority of […]


Worth Reading, Apr 9, 2012

  Women and Leadership: Since 2007, McKinsey has produced an annual report on the state of women and leadership, and the latest report came out last week. This year’s “Women Matter” found, “Today, women remain underrepresented on corporate boards and executive committees.” The report details the business case for gender diversity in senior executive positions, […]

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Worth Reading, Mar 26, 2012

Employers, Facebook and Privacy: There’s been a swirl of activity after an AP article last week discussed the growing trend of employers asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords or to log in during job interviews. An individual quoted in the article, who discontinued a job application process with one firm after being asked for […]


Worth Reading, Mar 19, 2012

Pew State of the News Media: The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released the newest, 9th edition of its “State of the News Media” yearly report. Beyond the overview, Key Findings and Trends, there’s lots more detailed information in breakdown reports by platform/venue. Dharun Ravi Trial: The former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was […]


Worth Reading, Mar 12, 2012

  Kony 2012: The release of a new film and campaign from a nonprofit called Invisible Children to “Stop Joseph Kony in 2012” generated widespread interaction and discussion online this past week. While there were significant levels of engagement around the campaign, there were also many pointed critiques of the organization and its methods. Good critical […]

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Worth Reading, Feb 27, 2012

We’re back from a Presidents Day break last week (and, well, for me from being very under the weather as well). Pew Research on Privacy: The Pew Internet and American Life Project released new data on social network users and privacy, “Privacy management on social media sites.” The report notes, “Profile “pruning” is on the rise. […]

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Worth Reading, Feb 6, 2012

From Facebook’s IPO to the Komen/Planned Parenthood crisis to the biggest television event of the year, it was a full week. Facebook IPO: Facebook finally filed for its IPO last week, one of the most widely read pieces of financial communication in a long time. A helpful summary from The New York Times, “Facebook Filing: […]