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As a journalist and teacher, I have spent my life trying to hold the powerful accountable. I troubleshoot media problems in challenging environments, helping people develop their own versions of journalism and democracy.


Separating real news from “fake news”

Separating real news from “fake news”

I'm happy to see this new initiative that helps us identify the real journalists who offer trusted work, with accountability. Now we need to get more media literacy, so consumers will know to use tools like this Transparency Tracker to select reality-based, fact-based...

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PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

Journalism has never been as easy as it looks. One day in 1940s, Los Angeles newspaper reporters were riveted by a report that came crackling over the police radio. A headless torso had just been found outside the city, in a gravel pit! Competing reporters from the...

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From @CIMA_Media: Spyware: An Unregulated and Escalating Threat to Independent Media https://www.cima.ned.org/publication/spyware-an-unregulated-and-escalating-threat-to-independent-media/

Tentative plans afoot for an Oct. 2 march on Washington to protest Texas anti-abortion law, which turns Texas into a Taliban state where random extremists can punish women for controlling their own bodies.

George Soros: Investors in Xi’s China face a rude awakening https://www.ft.com/content/ecf7de34-e595-4814-9cbd-4a5119187330

Biden made the hard choice in Afghanistan, and the right one https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/25/biden-made-hard-choice-afghanistan-right-one/

Afghanistan: How to Help Journalists and Others at Risk https://gijn.org/2021/08/18/afghanistan-help-journalists-and-others-at-risk/ via @gijn

From punk rocker to Harvard professor, she knows everything about disinformation on the web. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/08/23/business/harvard-professor-predicted-covid-disinformation-web-heres-what-may-be-coming-next/?event=event25 via @BostonGlobe


Longer published reports and analyses are at Reports and Monographs.

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