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Dark Participation: When Journalists And Readers Engage

By Jacob L. Nelson/The Conversation

News organizations are trying to do a better job connecting with their audiences, in hopes of overcoming the profession's credibility problems and ensuring its long-term survival.

To do this, a growing number of newsrooms have for years embraced what's called "audience engagement," a loosely defined term that typically refers to efforts to increase the communication between journalists and the people they hope to reach.

These efforts take many forms, and vary from online - for example, the use of social media to interact with readers about a story after it's been published - to offline, for example, meetings between journalists and community members to discuss a story currently being produced.

At its best, engagement shows audiences that journalists are real people, with the training and skills necessary to provide accurate information that is trustworthy. It also offers people an opportunity to contribute their ideas about how their communities should be covered, allowing news consumers a larger role in shaping their own stories.

This outcome is especially important for communities of color, who have long been been ignored or misrepresented by newsrooms that have historically comprised mostly white, middle-class editors and reporters.

But not all efforts have produced the intended results.

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Posted on March 4, 2021

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A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Dark Participation: When Journalists And Readers Engage

By Jacob L. Nelson/The Conversation
What's the point?

Posted on March 4, 2021

The Unintended Consequences Of Taming Nature

By John Schwartz/Undark
As she puts it, this is a book "about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems."

Posted on February 27, 2021

Copyright Law Just Went Awry

By Katharine Trendacosta and Cara Gagliano/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Two copyright bills were added to the Congress's December spending package, despite not having any place there - not least because there hadn't been robust hearings where the issues with them could be pointed out. One of the bills didn't even have text available to the public until the very last second. And they are now law.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Being Sure About George Ryan

By Ed Hammer
Testing the sincerity of the former governor's moratorium on the death penalty.

Posted on January 19, 2021

Why Chimpanzees Don't Hold Elections

By Lisa Feldman Barrett/Undark
Most of your life takes place in a made-up world.

Posted on January 5, 2021

A Series Of Fortunate Events

Brought To You By The Skeptical Inquirer
How chance rules our world.

Posted on December 8, 2020

How James Baker (Dishonestly) Made George W. Bush President

By Richard Pildes/The Conversation
A remarkable breach in the confidentiality of a court's internal deliberations coupled with sheer dishonesty and gamesmanship put the loser in the White House against the will of the people and the Electoral College. It's nothing to be commended for.

Posted on December 4, 2020

Ralph Steadman's Life In Ink

By Rusty Blazenhoff/Boing Boing
"For the first time, the artist opened his studio and archives to create a book that encompasses his entire career."

Posted on November 30, 2020

The Strange History Of Binding Books In Human Skin

By Elizabeth Svoboda/Undark
As Rosenbloom crisscrosses the globe to confirm the purported origins of skin-bound books - a cracking detective story in itself - her journey offers unusual insight into what defines informed consent, what separates homage from exploitation, and how power disparities can breed casual inhumanity.

Posted on November 22, 2020

The Irreverence Polling Needs

By W. Joseph Campbell/The Conversation
In 1984, at a time when election polling was going through another rough patch, the legendary Bud Roper said in a speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science that "Our polling techniques have gotten more and more sophisticated, yet we seem to be missing more and more elections."

Posted on November 17, 2020

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