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The weight of the world’s news can be too much. (Shutterstock)

Worn down by bad news? You’re not alone …

If bad or irrelevant news has you considering avoidance, a suggestion: just as we’ve been taught that moderation is the key to so many habits, it’s the same for news.
Journalists and news organizations had to be resilient to serve their communities during the pandemic. Illustration E+/Getty Images

Journalism in middle America got communities through the pandemic

The decline of the news industry has been well documented. How did news organizations in the US heartland, facing potential extinction, survive – and even thrive – through the pandemic?
Sensationalist coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic spreads fear and is unhelpful. Getty Images

South African front-page stories about COVID were sensationalist and unhelpful

The majority of front page reports were negative in tone, seeing very little possibility for individual agency and self-efficacy. This can amplify public anxiety and fear.
Reporting about minor crimes is about to change. Illustration by kali9/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices to ‘do less harm and give people second chances’

The Associated Press will no longer name those arrested in minor crimes when the news service is unlikely to cover the story’s resolution. That’s a major shift in US news culture.

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