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How Systems Thinking Can Transform Journalism

The world faces difficult problems: violent extremism, the impact of global migration, income inequality, and climate change, to name a few. But it’s important to remember that these “wicked problems” are made up of a host of interconnected forces that work together. They can precipitate and perpetuate the issue at hand. Take local crime, for ++++++++>

Episode 9: Journalist Credibility Ratings Dive

How many fact-checking organizations does it take to change the proverbial fake news lightbulb? Elon Musk thinks we need at least one more. But maybe fact-checking should function more like a popularity contest, with journalists and institutions competing for credibility ratings. Emily and Heather ask what is the point of recent fact-checking initiatives, and the ++++++++>

Liesl Schillinger’s Quest To Define and Defend Facts In A ‘Post-Truth’ Era

In a personal essay published in the New York Review of Books, J+D’s very own Liesl Schillinger reflects on her year spent teaching a course she designed called: Facts/Alternative Facts: Media in America from Tocqueville to Trump. Schillinger reflects on how her “boot camp in corrective democracy” was inspired by the Orwellian rhetoric of the Trump administration ++++++++>

Anjali Khosla joins Journalism+Design

The Journalism+Design program is pleased to welcome Anjali Khosla, the newest addition to our faculty. Khosla will bring a unique toolkit honed over her six year tenure with Fast Company. During her time with Fast Company, Khosla helped launch the publication’s digital newsroom where she served as Digital Editor, built a West Coast bureau, and ++++++++>

Episode 8: The Unraveling of Univision

Heather and Emily are joined by David Uberti of Splinter News, one of the authors of “Univision is a Fucking Mess” about his employer. But, seeking silver linings wherever they go, they also talk with Almudena Toral from Univision News Digital about some of the award-winning investigative work coming out of the Miami newsroom. Plus, ++++++++>

Sinclair Broadcasting is Part of a Wicked Problem

Journalism + Design’s founding director, Heather Chaplin, is exploring the idea of seeing the crisis in journalism as a wicked problem. “It’s a tangled knot that is changing and creating new knots all the time,” she wrote in an essay earlier this year. In a new, regular column for the Columbia Journalism Review, Chaplin explores ++++++++>

Episode 7: A Bonfire of Hot Takes

Emily and Heather consider what place opinion journalism has in public discourse today.With Jeet Heer of The New Republic, and Katie Kingsbury of the New York Times, the two ask: Is intellectual diversity possible? Can, and should, legacy news organizations provide thought leadership? When do provocations and thought experiments actually foster debate and when are they ++++++++>

Telling ‘Stories’ on Social Media

For journalists and news organizations, social media can be irksome. The platforms are in constant flux: an updated algorithm or a new product can appear out of nowhere, suddenly upending a carefully-crafted social media strategy. One feature, however, seems here to stay (at least for now): the “Story” format. It began on Snapchat, but Facebook ++++++++>

Episode 6: Preparing for the Infocalypse

Heather and Emily hunker down in the journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bunker with Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins and design technologist Rick Barraza to explore the looming crisis of AI-generated fakery that threatens our understanding of what’s real. Subscribe to Tricky on iTunes Reading list “That” Obama Video He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now ++++++++>