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 ++++++++>

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 ++++++++>

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 ++++++++>

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 ++++++++>