Crime Reporting Needs To Be Reformed, Enter Systems Thinking

When City Bureau, a civic media organization based in Chicago’s South Side, and The Center for Media Engagement, a research initiative of the University of Texas at Austin, surveyed people in Chicago about issues in the local media last year, one topic stood out among the responses: crime. A majority of the 900 survey participants ++++++++>

“Fail Often”: Journalism Professors Get A Crash Course In Design

By plane, train, and ferry, 12 professors of Journalism and English made their way to New York City on June 19 to participate in a two-day design and systems thinking workshop hosted by J+D and facilitated by the Institute of Play. They were a mix of faculty from Morgan State University, a range of California-based ++++++++>

Community, Power, and Gentrification in North Carolina

Mark Schultz, an editor for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun in North Carolina, heard this anecdote earlier this year: “If you had a fish tank and one day you found one of the fish floating belly up, you’d probably ask ‘What’s wrong with that fish?’ But if, say, half the fish turned up ++++++++>

Episode 10: What Are Journalists For?

On the finale of the first season of Tricky, Emily and Heather are joined by media critic and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen to discuss the reporting that exposed the Trump administration’s atrocities at the border and the role of the American press in an era of competing realities. Subscribe to Tricky on iTunes Reading ++++++++>

AP Puts Experiments on View at Matter’s Demo Day

It’s not often that members of legacy news organizations have the chance to step away from the daily churn to reflect on what they do and imagine new ways to do it. But the Associated Press recently had the chance to do just that. As part of a five-month training program hosted by Matter, a ++++++++>

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 ++++++++>