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A better media is possible

Not so long ago, reporters ‘becoming the story’ was taboo, journalists writing about the media, a navel gaze too far. Leave that to the academics.

But, like it or not, today’s chaotic and unpredictable media landscape is a news story in its own right. And one that contains several key elements of drama – including existential threat. If you include social media platforms – now the most common means by which people access news – hardly a day goes by without a novel twist or dire warning, thanks to their activities.

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In praise of White House dysfunction

The people Trump has entrusted with significant responsibilities are so vile and dangerous that we should be grateful he has...
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on journalist Maria Ressa and her media outfit, Rappler.

Fighting Mr Fake

How editor Maria Ressa took on the president of the Philippines. Iris Gonzales tells the story.

A better media is possible

Out of the current crisis, a more hopeful vision is emerging, argues Vanessa Baird.

Facebook: the new censor’s office

Social media is usurping the role of the state argues Jillian York.
Blueprint for a better media

Blueprint for a better media

11 strategies for a better media. Vanessa Baird writes.

Mixed Media: Books

Behold, America by Sarah Churchwell; Disoriental by Négar Djavadi; A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel...

Dark clouds in Poland

Violeta Santos Moura reports from Poland, where reliance on coal kills some 45,000 people each year.
Rightwing boxer knocked out

Rightwing boxer knocked out

The boxer has become the butt of social media jokes, Alessio Perrone writes.
Secular values vs 'Love Jihad'

Secular values vs 'Love Jihad'

Alessio Perrone writes how Islamophobia is driving a wedge between love and secular values.
Lukodi massacre museum

Lukodi massacre museum

Sally Hayden writes about the trauma of history.
Victory for UK school data

Victory for UK school data

Leave those kids alone, Alessio Perrone writes.
Introducing...  Abiy Ahmed

Introducing... Abiy Ahmed

Richard Swift on Ethiopia's new reforming PM.

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