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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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Will nonprofit journalism rules now on the books help news organizations in Canada?

Long-awaited updates now offer path for news media to issue tax receipts to donors. But the road to philanthropic journalism is paved with Canada Revenue Agency rules, uncertainty about Canadians’ willingness to give Canadian news organizations looking to set up as nonprofits that issue tax receipts to donors must […]
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The ethics of reporting on incels

Six key strategies for effective and responsible journalism When the highly anticipated Joker movie premièred last fall, some film critics and journalists seized upon the moment to invoke the apparent thematic connection to incels – an internet community established more than two decades ago as a “lonely-hearts” style forum […]
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Local newsrooms should talk about how to cover politicians who promote conspiracy theories like QAnon

Covering conspiracy theories and those who spread them has always been a tricky proposition for journalists. If you are in the business of trying to publish what’s true, how do you treat things that are untrue without amplifying them? When is the right time to write about them and […]
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Community-engaged journalism is both an end and a means to survival

In the era of vulture investors, tech monopolies, and ubiquitous free internet content, the traditional financial structures that once supported journalism have splintered into bits. But so, too, have some long-standing institutional notions about what journalism is and could be. The exacerbation of the local news crisis, propelled by […]
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With only $400 in the bank, new owner brings a small-town Minnesota newspaper back from the dead

Pam Bluhm worked at the Chatfield News for nearly 40 years. When the newspaper serving Olmsted and Fillmore counties closed earlier this year, Bluhm knew what she had to do: Buy it. CHATFIELD, MINN. — Pam Bluhm started working at the Chatfield News 40 years ago, barely out of […]
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Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

SUMMARY Finding common ground with people you disagree with isn’t easy. Americans increasingly dislike and distrust people they disagree with politically, which can be harmful in a democracy. 1 In this study, the Center for Media Engagement wanted to find out what habits were more common among people that […]
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