With the rise of internet groups for conspiracy theorists, it may feel like Americans live in a unique time. But conspiracy theories have been common for decades.
Over the past decade, more teens have attempted suicide. The trend has vexed researchers, but it's that much more difficult to determine whether a fictional TV show has had any role.
The political class is tearing itself to pieces, and journalists are making sure we can read all about it. But beyond Westminster, why would people care about things they can do nothing about?
When the organization of a social network impacts political discussion on a large scale, the consequences can be enormous.
Political campaigns and journalists often turn to social media to see how voters feel about an election. But the numbers they see there may not accurately reflect the electorate's views.
W.T. Stead's 1885 account of the process by which wealthy Londoners procured teenagers for sex became a global news story, but the police refused to investigate.
It's time characters on TV reflected not only women's experience of heart disease but those of men from diverse backgrounds if we want to prevent more people dying from heart disease.
A sociologist spent over a year interviewing black, white and Latino residents of a declining coal town in central Pennsylvania, plumbing the sources of their political disillusionment.
A person's political identity is wrapped up in almost everything they do. Exposure to opinions from the other side actually makes it worse.
Teens who see alcohol on TV are more likely to drink. A marketing professor explains how to counter this phenomenon.
Chinese media sees the protests very differently to Western media.
A newspaper paying its journalists bonuses to chase page views has big implications for its role in a democracy.
A parliamentary inquiry into press freedom is merely a public relations exercise designed to buy time until the public anger over last month's police raids dies down.
The programs that Americans of all political stripes like to watch seem to be united by a common theme.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her job, and two media scholars reflect on the career of the very first press secretary – a model of openness who respected news reporters.
Although Kenyan media houses have various accountability systems in place, their implementation is weak and inconsistent.
Following similar comments by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, a senator has called for the ABC to sell its Ultimo headquarters and move to the suburbs and regional centres.
Canadians have relatively high trust in their media compared to other countries, but that doesn't translate into a willingness to pay for online news.
An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism's role in democracy.
What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.