Darnella Frazier is third from right, recording the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
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The history and weight of US press freedom played a powerful, but unacknowledged, role in the conviction of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.
Newspaper coverage of the incident is hard to find.
New York Herald
After spending years examining the violent Red Summer of 1919, historian Karen Sieber discovered a previously hidden incident on the campus where she now works.
Author Andrew Sullivan has gone from blogging to writing for mainstream publications to blogging again, this time on Substack.
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High-profile media figures are defecting to Substack, where readers will have to pay a subscription to read their work. Could Substack remind news consumers that paying for journalism is worth it?
Primary voters at St. Joseph Church in Dover, New Hampshire.
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Where you vote can make a difference in how you vote. Although the influence can be small, some ballots are decided by fractions of a percent.
Compost awaiting distribution at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Rancho Las Virgenes compost facility, Calabasas, Calif.
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Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
President Trump at a White House press conference on the pandemic, March 13, 2020.
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Reporters are trained to advance a story and report what is new. But that approach can end up shortchanging news consumers, who need greater context and persistent focus on an ongoing story.
Issac Nicoll packs lobsters for shipment at the Lobster Company in Kennebunkport, Maine, on March 13, 2020. Coronavirus has disrupted global markets for live lobsters.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
With restaurants closed and prices dropping, fishers are finding new ways to keep their business above water.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasting his first fireside chat, March 12, 1933.
On March 12, 1933, President Roosevelt addressed the nation from the Oval Office during a time of great crisis. That 'fireside chat' proved broadcasting's power as nothing before or since.
Host Jack Barry, middle, is flanked by contestants on ‘21,’ a 1950s TV game show.
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The only satisfactory debate arrangement everyone agreed to nearly 60 years ago largely remains in place today – the game show format.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Chris Wallace interviewed White House adviser Stephen Miller about the impeachment investigation.
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Why do TV news shows book interviews with people who lie or obfuscate? Dogged interviewer Mike Wallace was an example of how to do it right. But on live TV, it's almost impossible to do what he did.
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.
Un agent de sécurité regarde depuis le siège de News Corp. à Midtown Manhattan, avril 2017.
Malgré l’obsession de la presse américaine pour l’« empire » Fox News, l’idée que la chaîne d’information exerce un pouvoir politique sans précédent aux États-Unis est excessive.
A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, April 2017.
Despite two major journalistic investigations of Fox News' so-called 'empire,' the idea that Fox News wields immense political power in the US and in the White House falls apart under scrutiny.
Sarah Isgur Flores, Justice Department spokeswoman, being interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo in 2018.
CNN has just announced it has hired a former Trump administration official to help direct political coverage. A storm of criticism ensued. But political hacks have long found a home in journalism.
The Capital Gazette in Annapolis lost five staffers in a shooting.
Violence against journalists is on the rise. Many people don't realize that such acts have a long tradition in the US, where partisan rancor was once a hallmark of American journalism.
Alex Jones speaks during a rally for candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.
The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they’re served.
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Today's media consumers are being bombarded with bias and sensationalism – and could use a dose of Mad's media literacy.
Louisiana’s populist politician Huey Long, giving an address on CBS Radio in 1934.
Louisiana State University
Sinclair network anchors decrying 'fake stories' have been condemned for giving biased support to President Trump. But nostalgic calls to restore civil political discussion on the air ignore history.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed shrinking Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and allowing more public access and road maintenance.
Environmental law and natural resource experts respond to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposals to shrink four national monuments and allow logging, fishing and other activities in six more.