Columbia Journalism Review
Study asks whether reporters are influenced by who they follow on Twitter
August 16th, 2017, 03:41 PM
Do the people you follow on Twitter—your “followership”—influence your work as a journalist? According to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by a team of researchers at Northeastern University, there is “a modest correlation between the ideologies of who a journalist follows on Twitter and the content he or she produces.” Of course, correlation isn’t causation, so […]
Q&A: Filmmaker on FBI surveillance of her neighborhood and the fight for the records that prove it
August 16th, 2017, 03:41 PM
Growing up, Assia Boundaoui felt like she was being watched. She wasn’t the only one. Just about everyone she knew in her Arab-American community of Bridgeview, just south of Chicago, suspected that the US government was spying on them. Even after Boundaoui left Bridgeview in 2010—to attend New York University for her master’s degree in […]
The media today: Lessons from Kentucky on overcoming polarization
August 16th, 2017, 03:41 PM
It’s no secret, after this past weekend’s events in Charlottesville, that political polarization has reached a boiling point—and that much discontent on the right, incited by Trump, centers around the press. And we are all aware of how geographic stereotypes—Main Street versus Wall Street, coastal elites versus “flyover” states, urban cosmopolitans versus “real America”—have come […]
Diversity in newsrooms has been bad for decades and it probably won’t get better: study
August 16th, 2017, 03:41 PM
A new study says some of the biggest newsrooms in the country are still failing to fulfill a nearly 50-year-old pledge to increase the employment of people of color in top masthead positions, despite repeated reviews and greater coverage of the issue. The report, titled “Missed deadline: The delayed promise of newsroom diversity” and conducted […]
Lessons on overcoming polarization from Bowling Green and Ohio County, Kentucky
August 15th, 2017, 03:41 PM
Political polarization. The so-called urban-rural divide. A growing sense of distrust for journalists. In the wake of a contentious presidential election, how are these national issues playing out in everyday media use? This pilot study examines what political polarization looks like at the local level, and provides recommendations for how local journalists and community members […]
The outrageous editorial by a Charlottesville daily that preceded violence
August 15th, 2017, 03:41 PM
ON AUGUST 10, the Charlottesville Daily Progress published an editorial in anticipation of a rally that attracted hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, and racists—many of them armed—to the recently renamed Emancipation Park. More than once, the editorial asks, “How did we get here?” By way of an answer, the Daily Progress editorial board assigned […]
With teamwork and hustle, Toledo Blade dominated after Charlottesville attack
August 15th, 2017, 03:41 PM
It’s not often that The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, takes an all-hands-on-deck approach to a national story rooted in a city nearly 550 miles away. But it happened this week. A large rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, when a man in a Dodge Challenger drove into a crowd of […]
The Media Today: Better than an advice column
August 15th, 2017, 03:41 PM
I’ve got a confession: I love advice columns. Like a lot. As a young lass, I penned letters to Dear Abby, though she never got back to me. In high school, I flipped through the pages of Seventeen magazine and CosmoGirl for any advice they might offer this socially awkward teen. And, today, Dear Sugars, […]
Four facts every journalist should know when covering the opioid epidemic
August 15th, 2017, 03:41 PM
It is almost impossible to check the news these days without finding a story about opioids. And there’s good reason: The toll opioids now take on Americans’ health is staggering. After more than two decades of increasing overdose rates, an American is now more likely to die of drug poisoning than in a motor vehicle […]
The key difference between ‘nationalists’ and ‘supremacists’
August 14th, 2017, 03:41 PM
Almost every American is a “nationalist” of one kind or another. So is almost every Russian, Chinese, or North Korean. Don’t get mad. We are not accusing you of any sort of bias, racism, or other unpleasant views. We are merely trying to emphasize, again, how overly simplistic some labels can be. Demonstrations over the […]