Fellowship investigates discrimination against Latino journalists in the U.S.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute awarded seven fellowships for the 2020–21 academic year for projects that address the increasing challenges in covering climate change, unpublishing, harassment of marginalized journalists and more. A team from Fundamedios wants to gain a better understanding of the challenges and threats facing Latino journalists living in the U.S. in … Continued

RJI Student Innovation Fellow finds fact checking trickier than anticipated

Kyra Haas In the ongoing fight against a torrent of political misinformation, fact-checkers must carefully choose their battles. I spent my semester at PolitiFact’s Washington, D.C., bureau through the Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Innovation Fellowship program, helping fact-check in the weeks leading up to and following the 2018 midterm election. My early assignments focused in … Continued

We put data science to the test to try to uncover the mystery author of the Times’ Op-ed

Michael W. Kearney The New York Times created a national whodunit when it published an anonymous opinion piece about the Resistance Inside the Trump White House. The author was identified only as “a senior official in the Trump administration.” President Trump certainly wanted to know who it was: “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for … Continued

Journalists: Defend your work through action, not just with editorials

The Trusting News project, staffed by Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh, is designed to demystify the issue of trust in journalism. They research how people decide what news is credible, then turn that knowledge into actionable strategies for journalists. The project is funded by the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Knight Foundation and Democracy Fund.

Changing media landscape adds yet another challenge to archivists of born-digital news content

On Nov. 2, just shy of the yearlong anniversary of his presidential victory, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account seemingly dissolved into history. For a fascinating and exhilarating 11 minutes, murmurs and conspiracy theories swept the internet: Was it a technological glitch? Had President Trump deleted his own account? Or had Twitter interpreted Trump’s digital demands … Continued