There is no Fake News; there are only False Stories

Submitted by JoEllen on Wed, 2016-11-30 02:39
Election 2016 saw the rise of a new meme: "fake news." This label was used to refer to patently untrue stories put out mainly by pop-up foreign sites looking to monetize gullible U.S. voters, and spread via Facebook and right-wing sites eager to promote the Trump campaign. Post-election, however, the label "fake news" increasingly is being used to smear independent news organizations, especially those rooted in progressive values. Unfortunately, such efforts--including lists of "fake news" sites--are being picked up and spread by media outlets, academics and others who are usually considered...

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Our Response to the New Trump Era

Submitted by JoEllen on Fri, 2016-11-18 06:42
Here at the Media Consortium, we thought the next president would be a neoliberal feminist; instead, we awoke on November 9 to a race-baiting, sexist president-elect with fascist tendencies, a solidly Republican Congress and what we expect will soon be a right-leaning Supreme Court. Now more than ever the country needs a progressive press! The Media Consortium exists just for this fight—as a network we can and will work together to grow the role of a journalism rooted in progressive values. Engaging with diverse communities, we will produce fact-based accountability and solutions-oriented...

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Letter to the Future

Submitted by JoEllen on Thu, 2015-11-19 04:10
From the dystopian to the optimistic, from college students to Pulitzer Prize winners, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE went live at 12:01 am, Thursday, November 19, 2015. A national effort to encourage people from all walks of life to write six generations into the future about climate change, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE has so far exceeded the expectations of the project’s organizers and generated original reflections on what has been called the greatest challenge facing the planet. The campaign (with hundreds of letters from the public continuing to be posted at letterstothefuture.org ) puts a spotlight on...

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