Police body camera video shows Adam Toledo’s hands were raised just before he was shot.
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In the aftermath of Adam Toledo's death, police and a prosecutor framed the incident as a confrontation with an armed male holding a gun. Should reporters have been so quick to accept that version?
Headlines and headaches for those unable to escape their past.
At the end of the 1925 movie 'Red Kimono,' the protagonist, Gabrielle Darley, throws away her garment and moves on to a better life. Real life is more complicated.
Father Coughlin’s bully pulpit.
Broadcasters silenced Father Charles Coughlin in 1938, just as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have shut down pro-Trump incitements to violence in 2021.
EPA-EFE/ Ian Langsdon
Studies of bilingualism show that accents and vocabulary can change depending on your circumstances.
New era, new challenges.
EPA-EFE/Yuri Gripas / POOL
A new era will require a new approach when it comes to reporting US politics.
It’s hard to be patient.
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Media outlets used visual metaphors to explain to the public how election results would emerge.
EPA/Larry W Smith
The future of democracy could depend on how the forthcoming election plays out – so the way in which it is covered will be crucial.
Runners and riders? Forget the issues, it’s all about the personalities.
EPA-EFE/Morry Gash / POOL
Voters are told little about policy issues as journalists focus on the 'contest'.
Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change?
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In principle, white Americans support efforts to end racism. But in practice, they have long been unwilling to support the fundamental change needed to do that. Will this year's events change that?
John Lewis, in the foreground, is beaten by a state trooper during a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965.
Thanks to some serendipity and fortuitous timing, the images emerging out of Selma had a uniquely powerful effect on the nation.
Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry.
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COVID-19 has accelerated the decline in local and national journalism. Is it time to find a new funding model, or for the government to intervene?
The media have mad a significant contribution to the current crisis of democracy - now, they must play a vital role in any democratic revival.
A Unicorn Riot videographer films an interview on the streets of Minneapolis on May 29, 2020.
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Livestreamed video coverage of protests across the country is the modern heir to decades of grassroots documentary filmmaking.
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2020.
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Though political elites complain about what the media covers, and how they cover it, research shows that ideological bias among media outlets is largely nonexistent.
Apple TV Plus has focused on recruiting big names for its shows.
AP Photo/Tony Avelar
Although some have dubbed the flurry of new video services coming out as a 'streaming war,' the reality is very different.
‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ was a funky, lighthearted alternative to the action cartoons that, for years, had dominated Saturday morning lineups.
Demands for regulation of media violence reached a fever pitch after RFK's assassination, and networks scrambled to insert more kid-friendly fare into their lineups. Enter: the Mystery Machine.
The world’s weather is changing and the media needs to keep up.
Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth.
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The Washington Post's weather editor explains how digital media changed the way we connect to the weather, and why it's wrong for weather editors to leave climate change out of the discussion.
Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019.
A.B.C. screenshot from videotape
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.
Is connecting with their audience key to journalism’s future?
Journalism's crisis – loss of readers, revenue and respect – has led many to conclude that if the news business is to survive, it has to do a better job of connecting with its audience. How can it be done?
A protester is arrested by Capitol Hill Police during the Kavanaugh nomination.
A polarized electorate is divided into tribal camps that demonize each other. That's the setting for the upcoming midterm elections. If the US continues down this path, democracy will suffer.