How Much Do Americans Really Know About The First Amendment?

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If we were to grade the American public on how much it knows about the First Amendment, what would that grade be?

According to Gene Policinski, Senior Fellow for the First Amendment at the Freedom Forum Institute, that grade would be a C-minus.

If you question the harshness of the…

An Interesting Thing Happens When News & Social Media Collide

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Yet another survey finds the American people’s trust in news has declined. Again.

This one, by Gallup, offers a tiny shred of positive news: Rock bottom was hit in 2016, and these results aren’t that low. Things rebounded a bit — a bright spot — but then dropped again. …

Where were you when Facebook went down tells much about news and culture today

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Where were you when Facebook went down?

Much has been written about the economic impact of the company’s six-hour self-inflicted glitch, which has been estimated to total between $60 to $100 million in lost revenues. …


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Are we pushing a digital world on people who simply aren’t ready for it?

It’s a question that comes to mind after perusing the media landscape, both the day’s news and what’s trending on social media. …

This We Need to Discuss

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Why do Americans lose their minds over news today?

We just had to ask.

The answer is compelling. And complicated.

The latest survey results from the Trust in News Project out of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford illustrate not only how Americans…

Expert Advice for Dealing with Grief and Bereavement

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With the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 upon us, retrospectives and remembrances are in the news. These works of journalism bring us back to that day, thinking about the way things were, along with who and what we lost.

In the Fair…

Don’t Be the Adult Who Makes This One Big Mistake

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Kabul. The delta variant. A hostless Jeopardy.

A fresh swipe at today’s headlines and one thing becomes apparent: Bad news knows no bounds. A heavy news cycle is queuing up to keep us all on edge this fall, hand-in-hand with an active hurricane season. Combined, it means humankind must take…

The “Ads Free” Trend May Prove to Be One of Media’s Great Regrets

What US Consumers Want From Ads from

There are many interesting predicaments news outlets find themselves facing in the digital age, but here’s one that keeps popping up as it lands in our inboxes on a daily basis.

The major and most common benefit offered by digital news outlets to entice readers to subscribe is this: an…

As Technology Advances, Heed Old-School Advice

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Today’s news is highly repetitive and available on demand. Here’s the thing: You get to decide when to demand it, so never forget you are ultimately in control of your own news habit.

The reason for the repetition is simple: The media knows you’re not paying attention all of the…

It’s Not Just the Business Side that Became Obsolete

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One of the advantages of an industry falling apart — that’d be news — is that the act of falling apart includes, at its very core, the opportunity to build back better.

In 2009, we all lived through the switch from analog to digital. It didn’t have too much impact…

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