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“We do advocate against the racist function of policing, [but] we focus equally on being present in the community, doing poetry nights, basketball park takeovers, and other community-building, life-affirming activities.”
“It is a lot like science writing in general. You need to have a very good understanding of the content.”
“What we often don’t think about is how tech accountability is also so many other types of coverage. It’s labor coverage, climate change coverage, healthcare coverage, criminal justice coverage, immigration coverage — I could go on and on.”
“If accessibility is only pitched as something that’s related to code or only related to computers, it’s going to be real easy for people in newsrooms to distance themselves from that.”
New research finds the visuals of heat-wave news coverage are more likely to put a positive spin on extreme heat than the articles themselves.
“You have to understand the context that these communities live in before you go in with a recorder, extract information, and leave.”
In America after the end of Roe v. Wade, one brave source, on the record, is often the best we are going to get. Countless other stories will never be told.
“You might be a copy editor looking for a deeper history of a sensitive word; a writer rethinking who your beat is serving; or a manager trying to make a tough call on deadline. The challenge is the same: Language is ever-evolving, and the words we choose to use can have lasting, consequential outcomes.”
Using public documents and crowdsourced data, supported by shoe-leather reporting, Watchdog hopes to arm citizens with information that can effect real change.