More than 160 million people voted in the US presidential election, more than any other election in US history. About two-thirds of eligible voters cast ballots, the most since 1900 when more than 7 in 10 eligible American voters cast ballots, according to numbers from the United States Election Project. The youngest voters, ages 18 to 29, were key to the surge in … [Read more...] about Community news outlets should build on high voter turnout in presidential election
This was always going to be a close election. America is bitterly divided, and both sides were awake this year. My Facebook feed is full of friends who can't understand how fellow Americans could be so blind to the stakes of what this election means for people other than themselves. I voted for social justice, for science and competency, for the environment, and for a chance … [Read more...] about ‘When you get between your readers and a liar, the liar loses’
The 2020 election and Trump presidency are stress tests for American democracy and its first principles of freedom, equality and democratic elections. In our democracy, an enlightened citizenry, informed by a free press, renders its judgment and a losing incumbent peacefully transfers power to a new president. The transfer of power has happened so many times we take … [Read more...] about Trump’s War on Truth: Year 4. The final act?
During a webinar about his book sponsored by Washington University Oct. 1, Walter Johnson, the Harvard professor who wrote “Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States, ” was asked by William Freivogel, publisher of the Gateway Journalism Review, to comment on the review GJR has published about his book in September. Johnson’s response was … [Read more...] about The broken heart of America: A response to Walter Johnson
Colleges and universities have become the new pandemic hot spots across the country. A New York Times study of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities — including every four-year public institution, every private college that competes in N.C.A.A. sports and others that identified cases — found at least 88,000 cases of Covid-19 by mid-September. For … [Read more...] about Student journalists can help local media outlets cover the pandemic