Who's Mediating? News Needs a Civic Sensibility
By Susan Haig
The contentious tone of public discourse in the months leading up to the November U.S. presidential election has been widely acknowledged, as well as the public's desire for more 'news' and less 'opinion.' But another troubling aspect of news has been the tendency to personalize news stories -- characterizing presidents, for example, as lone actors rather than representaives Read More
Changes in News for 2017: NIEMAN JOURNALISM LAB PREDICTS RENEWED TRUST, DIVERSE VOICES
By Susan Haig
The Nieman Journalism Lab - a project of Harvard University— has issued its annual round of predictions for the future of journalism in the coming year (double future tense is Nieman's) from a wide swath of news professionals. These 200-plus short essays are candid, heartfelt, and insightful, and they leave no doubt that changes in journalistic practice are coming in 2017. Read More
Hope and Health Top Cities' Agenda
NEWARK CONFERENCE OFFERS INTEGRATED URBAN STRATEGIES
"The most important issue regarding cities is getting people to believe that things can be different," said Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow with the Kresge Foundation's American Cities Practice and luncheon keynote speaker for the second NJ Spotlight on Cities conference in Newark. Gazing at the audience of 200 urban activists, she added, "it’s a modest proposition!" Read More
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Civics Quiz & Quotes
test your civics quotient...
1. What were the first 4 US presidential cabinet positions, and in which year were they established by law?
2. When and how was Inauguration Day moved from March 4 to January 20?
3. When and on what day do new terms of US senators and representatives begin?
4. When is Election Day, 2017?
The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below.
Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'
"The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration."  Read more
- economic/economy 81
- wealth/wealthier 4
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