The Media & Democracy program seeks to understand the evolving relationship between media, technology, and politics. Through research development workshops, public events, and a variety of publications, Media & Democracy incubates and catalyzes new research and situates the present moment of technological and political change in broader historical, cultural, and political contexts.

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The Media & Democracy program is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the Democracy Fund; the Ford Foundation; the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; the Rita Allen Foundation; and Reid Hoffman.

Ways of Working

Research Development Workshops

The Media & Democracy program encourages scholarship about understudied phenomena at the intersection of media, technology, and politics. These two-day workshops are composed of interdisciplinary and cross-sector groups that afford scholars the rare opportunity to give and receive intensive feedback and seed a variety of outputs from peer-reviewed manuscripts to public events.

Conferences and Public Events

The Media & Democracy program organizes public events to connect academics, journalists, and technologists in conversation with each other and with the broader public to enrich shared understanding about the role of media and technology in public life.


Publications that emerge from Media & Democracy workshops inform diverse audiences about the nature of politics in an increasingly digital world. Through our workshops, we support rigorous research, working to accelerate academic publishing timelines and to facilitate a variety of forms of public scholarship.

Our Work

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E.J. Dionne
The Washington Post
Diana Mutz
University of Pennsylvania
Lance Bennett
University of Washington
Jelani Cobb
The New Yorker
Erika Franklin Fowler
Wesleyan University
Tim O’Reilly
O'Reilly Media
Nathaniel Persily
Stanford University / Stanford Law School
Tom Rosenstiel
American Press Institute
Jaime Settle
College of William and Mary
John M. Sides
The Washington Post
Natalie Stroud
University of Texas / Austin