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Recently a reader objected to some Herald-Tribune coverage by giving his own personal perspective in a long and heartfelt email. We offered to publish this critique on our opinion page. After … more
If I had the chance to interview the incoming president, I’m not exactly sure what I wouldn’t ask him. The choice between the current president and Republican candidate Donald Trump and former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden left me with a sense of dread for the upcoming election. I honestly had no drive to vote at all... more
In an age where it is not uncommon to use “quarantine” and “racial justice” in the same sentence, credible editorial pages are arguably more important than ever. The world is seeking answers and trustworthy opinions to help make sense of what is all around them. more
Congress is doing a tremendous service by scrutinizing the excessive, harmful market power of online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Recent hearings with tech CEOs revealed as much about … more
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
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