Effectively flagging abusive content on social media is hard, but journalists can share their insights — and their data — to improve computational tools.

By Susan E. McGregor

On April 9, 2021, women Twitter users from a range of professions — including law, journalism, academia and advertising, to name a…


By Susan E. McGregor

On March 12, jurors acquitted Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri of two misdemeanor criminal charges: “failure to disperse” and “interference with official acts.” Sahouri was arrested on May 31, 2020, while she was covering protests following the killing of George Floyd by police, during a…


By Ishaan Jhaveri

At the Save America Rally on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., a white flag printed with a bright green pine tree, reading the words, “An Appeal to Heaven,” flew alongside popular right-wing flags. …


By Sara Sheridan

In early January, in collaboration with the Tow Center, the Arizona Daily Star’s digital-only, community news vertical #ThisIsTucson released a report outlining the work that went into creating its membership program. The program, which launched right as the coronavirus pandemic decimated local news across the country, has…


By Sara Sheridan

Last week, the world watched as a violent mob of protestors overtook law enforcement and attempted to stop the certification of votes for the incoming President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr. The Constitutionally mandated ceremony is usually an uneventful one. …


By Ishaan Jhaveri

On October 24, a Trump rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, featured a very noticeable backdrop: flying prominently behind the President as he addressed thousands of supporters was not the American flag, but the black, white and blue “Thin Blue Line” flag, a symbol of the pro-police Blue Lives…


By Sara Sheridan

Much has been written about President Trump’s open contempt for journalism. According to a recent report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, “Trump has habitually attacked the news media in rallies, responses to reporters’ questions, and many hundreds of tweets. …


By Ishaan Jhaveri and Sara Sheridan

Intro

In early July, Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” a statement signed by 152 prominent authors decrying a “stifling” intellectual atmosphere and advocating for “the free exchange of information and ideas.” While the Harper’s letter did not mention any examples…


By Susan E. McGregor

When photojournalist Andrea Bruce arrived at the “Trump Parade” in New Bern, North Carolina on June 13th, she didn’t quite know what to expect. …


By Andrea Wenzel and Jacob L. Nelson

A growing number of journalists have begun experimenting with ways of listening to and developing relationships with their audiences and broader communities in an attempt to build trust not just in their own organizations, but in news media writ large. This concept of…

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