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Why Putting An End To Fake News Is Good for Democracy

March 1, 2017

A trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy – something I've been saying for years. As citizens we can only make informed decisions when we have news we can trust. Independent investigative reporting is essential to shooting down false claims and exposing bad actors. ProPublica is a leader in that kind of journalism, and… Read more »

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5 Things You Can Do Now That the Election is Over

December 23, 2016

I know it’s been a long election year. Many of you have been actively involved in promoting your candidate and many folks, like myself, have been wrapped up in all the news around the election. On November 8th, a presidential candidate was elected and, just like that, the election was over. Now many of you… Read more »

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Poll Shows Social Media Usage is Growing, But So Are Concerns On Personal Privacy   

October 18, 2016

Folks, in 2014, we conducted a survey to learn about people’s social media usage and whether they trusted social networks to protect their data and privacy. We recently conducted another national poll on this topic to see how things have changed. While 80% of Americans now say they are using social media daily, 96% don’t… Read more »

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Can We Afford To Not Defend Voting Rights?

October 3, 2016

Have you ever heard of the Florida Immigration Coalition? How about the Ohio Organizing Collaborative or Blueprint North Carolina? Probably not. These groups are not household names. They don't have big galas or splashy websites. They don't send mass emails. But according to a national assessment pioneered by a new collaborative called Movement 2016, these… Read more »

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Journalism Ethics and the Simple-Minded Nerd

August 12, 2016

I’m a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I’m supporting trustworthy journalism via efforts like TheTrustProject.org and Wikipedia, but I’ve been fairly ignorant regarding related ethics, so … Poynter Institute has great online courses regarding journalism ethics, and, I’ve just gotten through the three most related ones, starting with the basics. I’ve learned… Read more »

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One Nerd’s Take on the Future of Philanthropy

July 27, 2016

You don’t need to make a killing to make a difference. The current models of big philanthropy focus on accumulating massive wealth, followed by the charitable contribution of a very small percentage of that wealth. I’ve practiced a different model, one that’s focused on a commitment to fairness and doing right by others. My philosophy… Read more »

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