Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

“Politics as a chronic stressor”: News about politics bums you out and can make you feel ill — but it also makes you take action

“Daily political events consistently evoked negative emotions [which] predicted worse day-to-day psychological and physical health, but also greater motivation to take action aimed at changing the political system that evoked the negative emotions in the first place.” RELATED ARTICLE RELATED ARTICLE Who would buy a product that reliably makes […]
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A growing group of journalists has cut back on Twitter, or abandoned it entirely

Photo illustration (Ren LaForme, Shutterstock) In late June, The New York Times published an article by Noam Scheiber detailing discomfort staffers at The Ringer feel about managers’ commitment to racial diversity and inclusion. K. Austin Collins, a former Ringer employee, was one of four Black journalists to detail his […]
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Reviving democracy requires reviving local journalism

The foundations of local journalism are crumbling, as this newsletter seeks to explain each week ; over the past few years, as the US has faced voter suppression, foreign meddling, and executive overreach—and as political polarization charges the atmosphere around the world—the foundations of a democratic government can also […]
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Report from the Field: Local Community Media Flourishes on Cable in a Crisis

The public access TV station of Goffstown, New Hampshire, broadcasts the swearing in of Fire Chief Brian Allard in 2019. (source: In Goffstown, New Hampshire, the local public, educational, and governmental cable access channel, Goffstown TV, went right to work once the pandemic hit. Overnight, the tiny staff (two […]
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Christopher Curtis: Why I’m quitting Postmedia to test a new model of journalism

I think about death. I pedal furiously into the night, until lactic acid burns my quads, until the trailer parks and pizza parlours by the lake give way to the hills outside Oka. I pedal beyond the streetlights and the steel towers sending radio waves across the valley. I […]
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Drought hits crops hard, but food supply secure says Northumberland farmers

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Six months ago, I spoke with this same group of farmers from the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture. The lockdown had just started. Some grocery store shelves were empty. Everyone was buying toilet paper. You could not find yeast to save your soul because people started bake bread at home. Continue Reading →

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The topography of local news: A new map

Local journalism has become more important than ever. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, researchers were seeking new ways of seeing the local news landscape amid constant disruption. The Center for Cooperative Media’s News Ecosystem Mapping Project , which maps local news in New Jersey, is a response to this […]
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