How will we preserve technologies so deeply embedded in daily life?
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Scholars, preservationists, archivists, museum educators and curators, fans and the public are meeting in late April in the nation’s capital to figure out how to preserve broadcasting’s history.
Approach with caution, advises a journalism scholar.
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Journalism has been fodder for politicians’ contempt for generations. A huge percentage of the public doesn’t trust the news media either. That mistrust isn’t a bad thing in a democracy.
Rocks deposited by vanishing glaciers in the Southern Alps thousands of years ago hold climate clues about the past, painting a bleak picture about the long-term survival of alpine ice in New Zealand.
Some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets were posted to a small online gaming community.
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Discord was initially a service to let gamers voice and text chat while playing. Most of its current users build and maintain online communities, though not always very big ones.
The front-page of the New York Post following a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 26, 2022.
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Public scorn in response to a news story about how to cope with stressful news ignores a fact: The news can take a mental and psychological toll on a person.
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The Republican Party has a decadeslong relationship with using distrust to incite its base and draw in more supporters – the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks just offer the latest example of this tactic.
Will anodyne reporting from the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics play into China’s propaganda efforts?
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In the face of China’s repression and human rights abuses, a scholar asks whether cheerful media coverage of the Beijing Olympics in February 2022 signals complicity with Chinese propaganda.
The cameras at the Olympics supplied video to television broadcasts – and to online streams.
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The Olympics are usually profitable for broadcasters and show off the future possibilities of media technologies.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.