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Facebook attempts to shut down research exposing ‘political disinformation’ in ad practices, watchdog fights back

“Rather than combat the rampant disinformation and hate on its platform, Facebook has decided to go after the people who are helping voters understand who is trying to influence their votes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Dirty Tricks Elections Journalism Pro Publica

How to spot (and fight) election misinformation

Leer en español Summary: Disinformation is deliberately created with the intent to cause harm, while misinformation is incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true. In 2020, dis- and misinformation about voting are…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Community Journalism First Nations First Peoples News Racism

‘Small Signs’, Flagstaff resident releases documentary on summer of protests in Flagstaff, AZ

by Mac England, video produced by Levi Stallings Friday, October 16 Flagstaff, Ariz   This summer there were over 50 marches, actions, and demonstrations in Flagstaff, Arizona sparked as elsewhere in the country by the death…

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Posted in Common Dreams Fact Check Green New Deal News

“It’s actually AOC plus 115”: Ocasio-Cortez corrects Trump on popularity of Green New Deal

“I am so deeply proud and grateful for each and every one of my House and Senate colleagues who stand for our future and champion the Green New Deal,” the progressive standout declared. by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Fact Check Family Separation Race for the White House 2020

‘Cruelty was always the plan’: pressed on mass family separations in final debate, Trump smears victims as ‘bad people’

“The Trump immigration agenda is defined by cruelty: it’s responsible for six children dying in cages, forced women into unnecessary surgeries including sterilizations, continued deportation flights in the middle of a pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Community Radio on the frontlines

by Wade Rathke October 11, 2020 Pearl River   The Grassroots Radio Coalition is a loose confederation of various progressive community radio stations around the country. We got involved with them when, to our surprise, they had…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations Journalism Justice News

On grim anniversary of Khashoggi murder, activists project slain Saudi’s image from coast to coast

“We promise you, Jamal, to always tell your story and to fight tirelessly until justice is served.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, October 2 Human rights activists with the groups Freedom First and Amnesty International…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Journalism

Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do

Social interaction can be risky during a pandemic, but it’s also important for young people’s development and mental health. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images by Tammy Chang, University of Michigan and Matthew Dunn, University of Michigan America’s teens…

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Washington, DC. August 17, 2020, Nearly three months after the height of national #BlackLivesMatter protests in the U.S., at least six journalists are still facing charges stemming from their coverage.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Journalism News Politics

Watchdog calls on authorities to drop ‘absurd’ charges against journalists covering Black Lives Matter protests

More than 600 attacks against members of the press covering the ongoing protests have been reported to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, August 18 The Committee to Protect Journalists on…

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Posted in Community Journalism Investigations Journalism News Pro Publica

Journalists of Color: Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program

Are you a college student of color interested in doing great journalism? ProPublica wants to help. Apply for our Emerging Reporters Program by Aug. 20. by ProPublica July 30 What is ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program? The…

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A girl holds on to an adult as police in riot gear stand nearby following protests against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, turned destructive in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Journalism News

County judge orders journalists to turn over footage to Seattle police

‘Disturbing—and Dangerous’ “This turns journalists into an arm of the government. We are not here to do surveillance for police.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, July 24 Journalists and civil liberties advocates alike condemned a…

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Posted in Analysis Community Journalism Journalism Social Media The Conversation

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry. Brian Mitchell/Getty Images by Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Lorenzo Milam: ‘Father’ of community radio has died

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, July 22, 2020 New Orleans Lorenzo Milam has died. Long live Lorenzo Milam! Wikipedia calls Milam an author and activist, which is true as far as it goes, but in many circles,…

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Fox's "The Ingraham Angle" was responsible for a quarter of all coronavirus misinformation on the network over the five day period studied. (Photo: Fox News via MMFA)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Journalism

Analysis finds Fox News Covid-19 coverage featured misinformation 253 times in just five days

The network, said an MMFA researcher, “downplays the threat of the virus, dismisses the recommendations of public health officials, and misrepresents the scientific consensus on the disease.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, July 17 Fox…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Media

Boycott Facebook

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   The old saying that “arrogance comes before the fall,” doesn’t set the clock on when it happens, just the inevitability. Facebook, the social media giant and communication hub for the…

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
Posted in Analysis Politics Social Media The Conversation

How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign by  Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Thursday, July 2 The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

He built a privately funded border wall and it’s already at risk of falling down.

  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Say their names, too

“A video is worth a thousand lives.” by Wade Rathke Pearl River   For years the tag line on my blogs and podcasts has been, “You take it from here to there.” It’s time to raise…

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Posted in Common Dreams Journalism Justice News

ACLU lawsuit accuses police in Minnesota of ‘targeting and attacking journalists’ covering George Floyd protests

“We are facing a full-scale assault on the First Amendment freedom of the press,” said an ACLU attorney. “We will not let these official abuses go unanswered.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 The…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Investigations News Pro Publica

This Treasury official Is running the bailout. It’s been great for his family.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role. He still has ties to his family’s investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury’s bailout actions. by Justin Elliott, Lydia DePillis and Robert…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Journalism Pro Publica

“Immune to Evidence”: How dangerous Coronavirus conspiracies spread

Conspiratorial videos and websites about COVID-19 are going viral. Here’s how one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook” says you can fight back. One big takeaway: Focus your efforts on people who can hear…

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Posted in Journalism News Politics The Conversation

‘Reopen’ protest movement created, boosted by fake grassroots tactics

by  Marc Ambinder, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Many Americans have been under strict stay-at-home orders, or at least advisories, for more than a month. People are frustrated and depressed, but…

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Posted in Business Columns Journalism News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic challenges ad-based business models

New Orleans   One of the stark realities undergirding a number of industries that has been vividly exposed during the current coronavirus pandemic is the fragility of advertising-based business models that actually power tech giants and…

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