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The Washington Post has been criticized for saying a reporter who was the victim of a sexual assault couldn’t objectively cover topics like the #MeToo movement. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Skepticism, not objectivity, is what makes journalism matter

The concept that journalists should be objective is outdated and impossible. Instead, good reporters use life experiences to ask fresh questions.
Women like congressional candidate Cori Bush from Missouri face greater obstacles than white men when trying to reach political office. Getty Images for Supermajority

How ‘strategic’ bias keeps Americans from voting for women and candidates of color

Women and people of color continue to appear on ballots less often than white men, and that, in part, is due to concerns by American voters that others will not view these candidates as electable.
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. Madel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Claims of ideological bias among the media may be overblown

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.
Pay attention! Wikimedia

Are there two pilots in the cockpit?

In the cockpit of an aircraft, the hierarchy between captain and co-pilot is strictly respected. At the risk, sometimes, of poor decision-making.
Introspection won’t necessarily reveal what’s going on in there. Photo by Septian simon on Unsplash

Measuring the implicit biases we may not even be aware we have

Prejudice and stereotypes are part of why social inequality persists. Social scientists use tests to measure the implicit biases people harbor and see how much they relate to actions.
The message might not come through if you put all your communication eggs in one theoretical basket. buydeephoto/Shutterstock.com

Facts versus feelings isn’t the way to think about communicating science

Reports of facts’ death have been greatly exaggerated. Effective communication jettisons the false dilemma in favor of a more holistic view of how people take in new information on contentious topics.
Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone. Gettysburg College

What is the secret to success?

Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.
You can do a lot while you sleep. Woman via www.shutterstock.com.

Can we unlearn social biases while we sleep?

We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
Earthquake in Haiti killed more than 100,000. That’s hard to imagine. UNDP

How huge disasters can play tricks on the way we value life

People find it difficult to understand the true value of loss of life when the numbers are large. For instance, a study found that people are more willing to donate money to an organisation when just one…

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