Archives for July, 2017

Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Posted: July 14, 2017 | Tags: Television news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, by far the largest of these companies, offered a case study of this disconcerting phenomenon two months ago when it announced plans to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. This deal would land Sinclair an additional 42 channels ...

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More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

Posted: July 12, 2017 | Tags: education

Earlier this year, protesters at the University of California, Berkeley transformed the school’s lively campus hub, Sproul Plaza, into a battleground — seriously, some actually called the fallout the “Battle of Berkeley.”

This fight had national consequences and, for a time, made UC Berkeley the front lines of something Washington Post columnist Daniel Drezner dubbed “The War on College:” an increasingly hostile opinion of higher education. Even President Trump, then newly-inaugurated, weighed in.

“The Battle of Berkeley” and subsequent campus strife at Middlebury College and Evergreen State College were harbingers of what Drezner called the “widening partisan split in attitudes ...

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What We're Reading: Inspiring investigations

Posted: July 5, 2017 | Tags: journalism, Summer reading

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Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW

 

Recent investigative and longform work that has inspired our IRW summer interns.

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"My Fourth Months as a Private Prison Guard"
by Shane Bauer for Mother Jones

A veteran investigative reporter once told me that trying to report on prisons is like being a war correspondent, only harder, given the extreme lack of access afforded to the press in investigating prison conditions and abuses.

Last year, Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer found a way around this extreme lack of access using a muckraker-era reporting technique — going undercover. Concealing his purpose without lying about his ...

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Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 

More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

For the first time since Pew began tracking it, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58 percent) now say colleges “have a negative effect on the country.” That’s compared to 72 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners who say colleges and universities have a positive impact. Whatever the cause, colleges and universities now share in a dubious distinction: as some of the most divisive national institutions. The only other institution that, according to Pew, divides Americans more? The national news media. 


What We're Reading: Inspiring investigations

Recent investigative and longform work that has inspired our IRW summer interns.


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