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Ask audiences what questions they have about your reporting

What do readers wish they understood about your reporting — and what do these gaps mean for your efforts at building news literacy and trust? These questions, which the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin tackled in our latest research, reveal that people want journalists to dig more deeply in […]

Factually: Misinformation makes its way to TikTok

If you build it, they will come. Trolls and misinformers, that is, will come to any social media platform that attracts a big user base. This time we’re talking about TikTok. Cristina reports this morning on Poynter’s web site that TikTok, the short-video app popular among teenagers around the world, has become host to a wide range […]

Need to Know: Oct. 31, 2019

How to do opinion journalism better in a polarized age, some of your subscribers would pay more, and should you cover esports

How The Tennessean’s opinion section is working to combat polarization

For years, columnists and analysts have observed and lamented the growing polarity in American politics. Too often, they act like bystanders, pointing out problems but rarely offering more than platitudes in response to societal woes. We have talked about echo chambers, red and blue voters, and the effects of social media in exacerbating that divide. […]

Why the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel replaced opinion content with solutions journalism

Like so many other great ideas, this one began over a beer. It was the fall of 2017, and my editor George Stanley and I were in a cocktail lounge in Washington, D.C., during a break at that year’s ASNE convention. Ten years of cutbacks in our newsroom had forced a reckoning: The last writer […]

Why McClatchy opinion sections are speaking boldly

When Raleigh News & Observer Associate Opinion Editor Ned Barnett and his boss, Peter St. Onge, were tipped off to a political dirty trick that was playing out at the state Capitol, they didn’t wait for the newsroom to publish a story. While reporters rushed to contact sources and break the news, the opinion team […]
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How might we reimagine opinion journalism for our digital, polarized age? Reflections from news leaders

In the age of social media, cable talk shows and fast-moving news cycles, what value does opinion journalism, including the opinion and editorial pages of newspaper publishing, bring to the lives of people in a community? Modern technology has surely opened up civic debate. Editorials and columns in newspapers, and opinion essays in magazines, suffered […]

Need to Know: Oct. 30, 2019

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Need to Know: Oct. 29, 2019

Replace your institutional voice with a personal one, how to cover the ‘arts’ beat for everyone, and how to help your readers help you

Need to Know: Oct. 28, 2019

Platforms paying publishers for news, embracing bilingual news, and adapting to the next major consumer privacy law