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.
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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.
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.
The Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas.
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In scrutinizing statues honoring Confederate figures, journalists have overlooked military bases named after generals who fought to defend the slavery of black people.
NBC News intern Cassie Semyon, dashing to beat the competition.
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Instead of taking pride in how quickly they cover the same stories as everyone else, these organizations make public service journalism their top priority.
Bob Woodward arrives at Trump Tower, January 2017.
Bob Woodward's supposedly explosive findings about Trump are not what we need.
Even as he decries the news media, President Donald Trump actively seeks its approval.
Trump despises the media and says it's a threat to the American people. Yet the White House's daily newsletter scours the US to find good press, touting even tiny bits of praise from local newspapers.
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The undercover comic has been criticised for tricking public figures into saying stupid things – but that doesn't mean they didn't want to say them.
States, casinos and leagues could all cash in. Will sports media get a cut of the action too?
With bettors clamoring for an edge, legacy media outlets could add a gambling beat to their daily sports coverage – or risk losing out.
The comedian hired to do the 'roast' at the White House Correspondents' Dinner has been criticised for going too far. Here's why she didn't.
Attorney Gloria Allred, surrounded by Cosby accusers and their supporters after the guilty verdict.
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The women who overcame heavy opposition to fight for justice in the Cosby rape case.
Fire engulfs the Branch Davidian residence near Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993.
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The story of the Waco siege is a story of how the media and the government can work in concert to shape a narrative and dehumanize victims.
With local news outlets facing tough times, who will cover neighborhoods like Detroit’s Oakwood Heights?
A new report looks at the ways social entrepreneurs are transforming journalism by creating media organizations that gain trust by being transparent.
A screenshot from the Deadspin montage, which featured news anchors repeating the same script decrying ‘fake news.’
In many cases, the mistreatment of TV anchors has become the story – at the expense of bigger questions about corporate ownership.
An 1894 cartoon by Frederick Burr Opper criticizes American newspapers’ elasticity with the truth.
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The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.