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We were colored. The New York Times, the United States Census and others agreed. There was discussion and consternation, and we became negroes. Once we left being colored behind and became … more
I’m not sure newsrooms should be using polling information less in the future, but they should instead present the results as they actually are—mere estimates. Only after the polls were deemed to be obviously flawed—i.e. after President Trump took his surprising win in 2016—did we start hearing about why those polling results may have been flawed. more
It’s important to celebrate the little victories right now. It’s how we stay sane. Even in the face of a crisis that threatens the continued existence of newspapers at all levels, … more
News publishers have been able to apply for financial assistance under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. Should this kind of assistance become a permanent solution? more
Several news outlets have stopped covering President Trump’s coronavirus press conferences. Should the media continue to cover his pressers? Kamrin Baker, 22, senior, University of Nebraska-Omaha Baker is a recent graduate with a degree in … more
In the span of just a few weeks, the entire world has been plunged into an inconceivable ordeal. A global pandemic has led to an unprecedented collective psychosis. The fear caused by uncertainty about the present and the future amplifies the … more
COVID-19 impacted many sections of news coverage including politics, sports, business and more. Should journalists let a pandemic be the sole angle?    Douglas Soule, 20, senior, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va. Soule is the … more
As more media outlets stop posting mugshots of people, should other newsrooms follow their lead?   Michael Tobin, 22, senior, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. Tobin is double majoring in journalism and political science, with a minor in legal … more
I believe that paywalls and most subscription models do not work for local news. As local news outlets traverse the desert of reality, paywalls and subscription models are a cruel mirage promising to quench a thirst for revenue. These business … more
Words matter. Journalists, of all people, appreciate the power of the reporter’s pen and voice. Yet we continue to use language that squashes innovation and holds us back from transforming our newsrooms at the pace needed to match the digital … more
Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, recently sued the New York Times for “clickbait defamation,” claiming a headline misrepresented an interview he gave to the paper. In the age of social media headlines, will the media see more of these … more
Innovation has long been the buzzword of the digital era. It has been called “the mantra of business leaders” and “the most important and overused word in America.” According to a McKinsey study, 84 percent of executives say that innovation … more
Several newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer have written editorials calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Should journalists take part in political movements? Anna Zarra Aldrich, 22, senior, University of … more
The debate over how social media is handling—and should handle—false political advertising covers a lot of ground. On one side, Mark Zuckerberg’s public declaration that Facebook will continue to accept payments for political advertisements … more
The editorial staff of Deadspin resigned recently after they were issued a company mandate to “stick to sports.” Is this a mandate that all sports journalists should follow? Jack Carlough, 19, sophomore, University of Colorado Boulder Carlough … more
There is a simple irony in dealing with climate change. To get a handle on the problem means that, at a certain level, the conversation has to move away from climate change. What does that mean? The secretary general of Amnesty International shed … more
Recently, California passed a bill which restricts the use of classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This puts a 35-content submission limit on freelancers. As a result, some publishers have cut ties with freelancers. … more
Facebook recently announced it would offer news outlets millions of dollars for the rights to their content in a news section the company plans to launch. Should newsrooms accept the additional funding?     Abby Parsons, 21, senior, Boston … more
Think of it like the rise of “design thinking.” Nobody has ever said: “But what’s the business model for ‘design thinking?’” That’s because design thinking isn’t bundled with a single revenue model. It is an approach to the world. … more
Federal and state anti-trust laws date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, way before the emergence of the modern internet-fueled economy. But increasingly these old laws and concepts are being seen as the means of limiting the influence of … more
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