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Real people are behind the data covering ‘undercovered’ communities

Nausheen Husain, Jan Diehm and Mark Walker are three journalists who cover undercovered communities. Their advice to other reporters who want to do the same: Know when to walk away. The three spoke March 6 at the NICAR conference in New Orleans about best practices for covering underrepresented people and groups as well as where …

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Mistakes can engender self-doubt among journalists

When journalists make mistakes, the consequences can be far-reaching, affecting consumers, governments and even the economy. But responsible journalists also carry the burden of the errors, and some begin to question themselves. The “imposter syndrome” lures some journalists into a rabbit hole of self-doubt. It leaves talented reporters restraining themselves under the pressure of the …

‘Growing hostility’ between student media and administrators

Censorship of student media is pervasive across the United States, despite the lack of substantial qualitative data to confirm a recent uptick in cases, media scholars and researchers say. Interviews with student journalists, media advisers and media law researchers found that they’ve been censored or have witnessed student media censorship either as a bystander or …

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Investigative journalists play a key role in bringing corruption to light

From the Pentagon to Panama, with other major discoveries in between, investigative journalism has made major contributions in bringing to light what some would rather keep in the dark. Charles Lewis has seen the highs and lows of investigative journalism throughout his career. Now a journalism professor and executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Lewis sat down with F&D’s Andreas Adriano.

Americans more concerned about made-up news than climate change

False news stories outweigh melting ice caps, rising seas and soaring temperatures on many Americans’ list of threats facing the country, according to a report published today by the Pew Research Center. More Americans call “made-up news and information” a “very big problem” for the country than identify issues such as climate change, racism and …