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Shutting down social media does not reduce violence, but rather fuels it
3 years ago

Shutting down social media does not reduce violence, but rather fuels it

In the wake of a series of coordinated attacks that claimed more than 250 lives on April 21, the government of Sri Lanka shut off its residents’ access to social media and online messaging systems, including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube,…
What the death of local news means for the federal election
3 years ago

What the death of local news means for the federal election

In the absence of media scrutiny, politicians have started to spin their own stories
The pedestrian misogyny behind the van attack
3 years ago

The pedestrian misogyny behind the van attack

Coverage of mass violence against women still leaves out the basics
Journalism’s Assange problem
3 years ago

Journalism’s Assange problem

By Kathy Kiely, University of Missouri-Columbia and Laurel Leff, Northeastern University These days, anybody with an internet connection can be a publisher. That doesn’t make everybody a journalist. This distinction has become more important than ever in light…
Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts
3 years ago

Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts

We shouldn’t need a Super Bowl commercial costing around $10 million to remind us that information is supposed to matter in a democracy. Yet the Washington Post thought we did, so it told 111 million Americans watching the Super Bowl…
Government funding for journalism: To what end?
3 years ago

Government funding for journalism: To what end?

The federal budget has finally answered some of the questions about the Liberal government’s plans to subsidize the news business, which were first floated late last year. But the details revealed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau raises many more…
Working as the newsroom’s ‘diversity hire’
3 years ago

Working as the newsroom’s ‘diversity hire’

Women of colour in journalism bring a lot to the job. And take a lot, too
How analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media
4 years ago

How analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media

With the current pervasive use of online media for personal and academic reasons, it’s necessary for students to have skills to confidently filter and decipher what they’re reading.