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“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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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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Opinion, news or editorial? Readers often can’t tell the difference.

Confusion about labeling and design fuel reader complaints that opinions, political agendas and bias are creeping into reporters’ work. (Shutterstock) In print, it’s fairly clear what’s an opinion piece and what’s a news article. Online, things aren’t so clear. Confusion fuels readers’ complaints that opinions, political agendas and bias […]
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A Guide To Developing Editorial Workflows

Online publishing is accessible to most people nowadays. It’s easy to grab a domain, install WordPress or other CMS on a server and start creating content. You don’t even need that to build a thriving online publishing business, as thousands of Instagram or Tik Tok influencers can easily prove. […]
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