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Using explanatory journalism to fight polarization and dysfunction

Thomas Mann, resident scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies | March 4, 2016

In the present-day world of media and politics, we live (as the saying goes) in the best of times and the worst of times. A motivated consumer of information on politics and policy — the ideal citizen in a representative democracy — has access to an unprecedented number of sources of excellent journalism in a … Continue reading »

The murder of journalists puts news media in a quandary

Edward Wasserman, dean, Graduate School of Journalism | September 3, 2014

The murders of the U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by their Islamist captors were trivial horrors in the spiraling calamity that has engulfed Syria and Iraq. Still, to me they were uniquely painful for reasons unrelated to the region’s incomparably greater misfortunes: They were the needless deaths of brave and committed professionals, they pointed … Continue reading »

Environmental journalism in decline at the NY Times

Eric Biber, professor of law | December 10, 2013

Last March, The New York Times killed its Green blog and disassembled its environment desk, distributing the staff into other units.  Jayni Hein noted the possible concern that this change might result in  diminished resources for environmental coverage at the Times; she also noted the positive spin that some Times people put on the change, that it would “mainstream” … Continue reading »

Write your own news story

Dan Farber, professor of law | May 28, 2013

Just fill in the blanks, and you can save yourself the trouble of reading newspaper accounts about any new EPA action: New EPA Regulations Spark Controversy The Environmental Protection Agency today announced tough new regulations on [name of industry].  According to the agency, the regulations will save thousands of lives by reducing dangerous levels of … Continue reading »