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It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:51:31 +0000

In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that … Continue reading



Protected: Getting beyond “fake news”

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:28 +0000

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The Four Freedoms, in 2017

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:36:31 +0000

I spoke this afternoon at a rally in Pittsfield, Massachusetts my (almost) hometown (I live one town north, in Lanesboro.) The rally honored the four freedoms, articulated in his 1941 state of the union address by FDR: freedom of speech, … Continue reading



Race, Fame and Ability: untangling media coverage of NFL QBs

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:43:48 +0000

Some research from our lab, the Center for Civic Media, because it’s fun and something I’m glad we produced. In the US, NFL football is more than a sport – it’s a stage on which broader national dramas play out. … Continue reading



Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:06:32 +0000

Two week ago, I wrote an op-ed for CNN.com on Steve Bannon, the “alt-right” and white nationalism. It got the reaction I usually get when I write on CNN – passionate wishes for my speedy demise, helpful reminders that I … Continue reading



Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:49:09 +0000

Hundreds of thousands of articles will be written this week trying to explain what happened in the 2016 US presidential election. One of the best explanations was written four years ago by television host and cultural commentator, Chris Hayes. In … Continue reading



Making space for sadness

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:53:51 +0000

I hadn’t found space yet to cry this week. As the election results came in, I was out bowling with my students, and as they got more despondent, I told them ways Clinton might still win. When I woke to … Continue reading



What happens when mistrust wins – my speech at the Colombian national journalism prize

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:25:28 +0000

I spent yesterday in Bogota, Colombia, as the invited guest of the Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar, offering a speech on the future of civics and the future of journalism. It’s a wonderful event – roughly 1100 people came … Continue reading



This crazy election: Denial of Service attacks on Democracy

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:31:13 +0000

Reading Facebook before bed last night, amidst the Halloween costumes and candy haul photos, I saw this headline: “How to choose between the most corrupt, least popular candidates of all time”. Given that I’m researching a book on mistrust and … Continue reading



Dumpsterfire 2016: What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:40:33 +0000

After the last presidential debate, I wrote on Twitter that the whole experience had left me wanting to take a shower… in sulfuric acid. Looking for an anger beyond fear, anger and despair, I made four donations – to a … Continue reading