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How can newspapers come together to create a national identity?   Mira Petrillo, 21, senior, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.  Petrillo is currently studying comparative history of ideas and philosophy, and works as the editor-in-chief … more
The good news is that somebody is once again making money from journalism. The bad news is that it’s not those who are doing the actual work of producing journalism; instead, it’s Google and Facebook, which have figured out how to “monetize” … more
Recently, the New York Times stopped printing editorial cartoons in its international edition due to a cartoon’s anti-Semitic imagery. Other editorial cartoonists have been fired for their depictions of President Trump. Did those publications … more
A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook—including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers. Much of the criticism of Facebook relates to how the … more
With more women running for president in 2020, is the media fairly covering them compared to the male candidates?     Tameka Poland, 34, junior, California State University, Fullerton Poland is studying journalism and sports … more
If Facebook wants to show us they’re opposed to hate speech, banning individual trolls is about as effective as a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound—painful, messy, and worse than useless. In 2016, when I was managing editor at fact-checking site … more
How can the media improve its coverage of climate change?       Michael Moore Jr., 30, senior, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Fla. Moore was editor of his campus newspaper, The Crow’s Nest in 2017 and secretary of his … more
What is local news? A recent report by the Pew Research Center claims to measure Americans’ perceptions of journalism in their communities. But the results show that the largest share of the 35,000 people who were surveyed—38 percent—say … more
If you could put all your resources into one revenue project, what would it be and why?     Dean Galiffa, 21, junior, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. Galiffa recently transferred to Temple University from Delaware County Community … more
A banker asked me recently if my industry had to deal with a lot of government regulations. He noted that even small banks have frequent visits by regulators and several examiners report to work each day in offices located within some of the larger … more
An Australian court recently ruled that a newspaper was responsible for a reporter’s psychological injury due to covering traumatic events. Should U.S. newspapers also be legally responsible for the mental health of their journalists?   … more
News is not the best business model. It is expensive to gather, risky to publish and it depreciates in value faster than an ice cube on a summer day. But newspapers managed to make a great living at it, for years. Thanks to the advertising business. … more
The Washington Post reportedly spent about $10 million for a Super Bowl commercial this year. Was it a wise way to invest in journalism, or should the money have been invested in their employees?     Joe Severino, 21, senior, West Virginia … more
We are awash in information, thanks to technology that delivers endless streams of stories, opinions, pictures and videos to our TVs, phones, radios, laptops and tablets. So, with so much information, why do so many people seem misinformed? It … more
Many media critics said President Trump’s first prime-time Oval Office address had a hidden campaign agenda and was not newsworthy, so should networks refuse to air future addresses?   Sammy Gibbons, 21, senior, University of … more
Are the national mainstream media obsessed with criticizing President Trump to the point of blunting their impact on voters? Or are White House reporters so numbed by his relentlessly outrageous behavior that he’s getting gentler treatment than … more
As more news organizations use artificial intelligence (AI) to help reporters process masses of data, spot patterns and gain story leads, will robot journalism replace human journalists?    Margaret High, 21, senior, University of North … more
During a recent White House press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta got into a heated exchange with President Trump and an ‘altercation’ with an intern. Did Acosta’s behavior play into Trump’s anti-press narrative?    Maya Goldman, 20, … more
Donald Trump loves CNN. He most certainly does not want the New York Times to fail. And the Washington Post is doing fine by him. You might think differently if you watched the news conference that Trump gave the day after the U.S. mid-term … more
Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been waging war against the American press by dismissing unfavorable reports as “fake news” and calling the media “the enemy of the American people.” As a countermeasure, the Washington Post … more
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