Scared, But Resolute: Thoughts on the First Few Days of a Trump White House

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I grew up during the Cold War. My memories of childhood include a constant anxiety that ran just beneath the surface; the fear that, at any minute, someone would push a button that unleashed nuclear war. Continue reading “Scared, But Resolute: Thoughts on the First Few Days of a Trump White House”

If You Love Democracy, Buy a Newspaper

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A photograph taken at a Trump rally has been making the rounds on social media recently. It shows a man wearing a t-shirt that reads: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.” It is a direct reference to lynching, and it should piss you off. Continue reading “If You Love Democracy, Buy a Newspaper”

An Attempt to Outline What Constitutes ‘Valuable Journalism’

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Journalism is essential to having an informed public, and therefore to having healthy, representative government. But the news that people actually read, watch or listen to is often focused on entertainment, sports, or funny cat videos. So, what constitutes “valuable” journalism? Is it what people want? Or is it what people “need”? Continue reading “An Attempt to Outline What Constitutes ‘Valuable Journalism’”

Why a TV Producer Created a Database for Finding Subject-Matter Experts

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Editor’s Note: This is guest post by Stavros Rougas, a co-founder of Expertise Finder and a former producer at the Toronto-based current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. I recently heard of Expertise Finder and wanted to learn more about it. I figured that the fastest way to learn about it was to get the founder to explain it to me. To be clear, I’m not endorsing Expertise Finder, and have not been compensated in any way for running this guest post. I just thought it was interesting, and thought some of you might find it interesting as well. Continue reading “Why a TV Producer Created a Database for Finding Subject-Matter Experts”

How U.S. Reporters Are Using Facebook, Twitter

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Social media are used to connect with people and share information, so it is not surprising that reporters are using social media platforms in their work – connecting with sources and collecting information are fundamental aspects of journalism. A recent paper offers insights into how, and to what extent, newspaper journalists are using Facebook and Twitter in their reporting. Continue reading “How U.S. Reporters Are Using Facebook, Twitter”

For (German) Journalism Sites, Comments Are Only Bad News

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It’s not news that the comments sections of online news sites can be hot spots for sharing ill-informed views, ad hominem attacks, or just good old fashioned vituperation. A recent study out of Germany finds that online comments – even polite, well-reasoned ones – can also hurt the perceived quality of news stories. Continue reading “For (German) Journalism Sites, Comments Are Only Bad News”