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“If no one on the politics team feels equipped to write about abortion bans or their analysis is really surface level, it’s not good for the news organization, and it’s not good for readers or democracy, either.”
“If I was queen for a day, what I would honestly do is fire every journalism professor and hire adjuncts working in the field. That’s, like, my dream.”
By talking to journalists in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, our project pushed back against the tendency to ignore the middle of the nation and its important journalism.
Highly impulsive people who lean conservative are more likely to share false news stories. They have a desire to create chaos and won’t be deterred by fact-checkers.
Just 9% of newsrooms plan to reject remote work and return to their pre-pandemic setup.
Plus: What the shift to social media means for local news, how journalists imagine their professional autonomy, and how right-wing protests may be legitimated by coverage.
“Understanding the root problems of information disorder requires understanding hard-wired human behaviors, economic and political policy, group psychology and ideologies, and the relationship to people’s sense of individual and community identity.”
Most U.S. news organizations won’t let readers cancel online. The Federal Trade Commission wants that to change.