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Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically, we’ll be rounding up a few stories that Journalism + Design faculty are looking at, listening to…
Here’s what’s caught our attention this week:
Heather Chaplin: Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds. This is part of my ongoing fascination with how people digest facts and how hard it is to fight confirmation bias.
Blake Eskin: Holly Hartman, I downloaded an app. Suddenly I was a rescue dispatcher. A high-school journalism teacher, transformed by Hurricane Harvey and technology. Bubbled up from Facebook to the Houston Chronicle.
Kia Gregory: Ariel Sophia Bardi, Columbia Journalism Review, In India’s ‘rape capital,’ designers change how people picture assault. Also rereading Tom Junod’s The Falling Man, from 2003. Simply superb reporting and storytelling about a tragic moment and a haunting image that captured the world’s attention.
- Politico’s Nancy Scola writes about liberal and conservative agreement about the need to regulate the tech giants
- Ben Smith gives background on how the big tech companies have fallen from political favor.
Both pieces are relevant to our October 10 panel, Free Speech, Hate Speech.
Liesl Schillinger: In my class, Facts/Alternative Facts, we’ve been looking at how fake news is spread in the US. This Der Spiegel article (in English) reminds us that this is a global issue, and shows what Germany is doing to guard against Russian interference in their September 24 election.
Note: All of us take in a lot more than what’s mentioned in this post. If you’re curious to learn more, our linked our names to our Twitter feeds. Follow us.