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Using public documents and crowdsourced data, supported by shoe-leather reporting, Watchdog hopes to arm citizens with information that can effect real change.
Out of every 1,000 times someone sees a post on Facebook, how many of them include a link to a news site? Four. No wonder Facebook doesn’t want to write publishers big checks anymore.
“A lot of it’s trash, to be honest, but a lot of it’s very useful.”
“Is our compensation structure fundamentally unjust because we pay primarily for experience and skills, with no consideration for need?”
“My journalism degree was more expensive than my wealthier classmates’ degrees because I couldn’t afford to pay in cash. But that’s a common theme with American systems. Poor people pay high prices. Rich people get discounts.”
“We find that many people are becoming increasingly disconnected from news.”
Over 70% said they were proud of their work and would pursue a journalism career again.
“I think about January 6, and the fact that Brazil is a much younger democracy. I’m really worried. Everybody knows this is going to happen, because every single day [President Jair Bolsonaro] says these things.”
We tend to blame the glut of disinformation in science on social media and the news, but the problem often starts with the scientific enterprise itself.