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The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

“Bad story selection – or in not so-PC terms – dumb, lazy noise.” That’s how Peter Hamby, the head of news at Snapchat, summed up the biggest threat to the media industry at a panel discussion at the Texas Tribune festival on September 23.

“The homogeneity of news is a real problem. There’s a lack of bravery around telling new stories,” he added.

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Should we really be reporting everything Trump tweets?

Should we really be reporting everything Trump tweets?

Every morning, a bleary-eyed Washington Post reporter drags his or herself out of bed bright and early, makes some coffee and is dutifully seated in front of the computer by 6 a.m. With the watchful eye of a sentinel, the reporter waits for President Trump to tweet and with the speed of lightening will type up an article that will be posted online immediately.

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Will immigration politics be the Achilles Heel for the U.S.?

The number of Somalis in St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rising over the years. A local shopping area in Minneapolis is named ‘Little Mogadishu’. Here, locals mingle irrespective of race and creed. It’s a closely knit community. 

There are an estimated 25,000 Somalis in the Twin Cities. But their presence, viewed against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s overambitious immigration reforms, has put Minnesota at a crossroads as the new administration digs in.

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Trump style turns spotlight on new US presidency

President Donald Trump could be best described as a man under siege. As he battles fresh accusations of abetting racial hate, the U.S. leader is under fire for slurring the media and constricting the civil space.

The recent violence in Virginia yet again turned the spotlight on Mr. Trump and his administration. The chaos, partly ignited by a controversial plan to remove a statue of a confederate general, led to deadly clashes, destruction of property and deaths. Mr. Trump, as usual, waded into it with remarks that left a bitter taste in the mouths of civil groups and minorities.

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The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”

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An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

  • The 2016 WPI Fellows after a meeting at the White House

 

In the glovebox of a Chicago taxi there is a birthday card from Barack Obama.

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Post-debate crisis

Post-debate crisis

I'm still in shock. 

After attending the second presidential debate in St.Louis, Missouri, I just don't understand how this huge political event became a Sunday night show. 

And I'm not talking about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We all know that the presidential campaign is just entertainment, and that the Republican nominee is a joke. 

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