13 episodes

Out of the Echo Chamber: Conversations on Trust, Media and Democracy examines the effects of media on democracy. Join Jonathan Rothwell, principal economist for Gallup, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for in-depth conversations with leading scholars on how to restore a more civil and trustworthy media environment.

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Out of the Echo Chamber: Conversations on Trust, Media and Democracy examines the effects of media on democracy. Join Jonathan Rothwell, principal economist for Gallup, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for in-depth conversations with leading scholars on how to restore a more civil and trustworthy media environment.

    How AI Has Changed the News: A Conversation With Nick Diakopoulos

    How AI Has Changed the News: A Conversation With Nick Diakopoulos

    How much of our news is computer-generated? Northwestern University Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos discusses his new book, “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media,” and shares insights on how AI is shaping the future of news media. While technologies like bots and targeted templates are used in both editorial and business news realms, the amount of attention received because of these efforts is often manipulated by news organizations.

    • 50 min
    Social Media and Internet Law: A Discussion With Kate Klonick

    Social Media and Internet Law: A Discussion With Kate Klonick

    Kate Klonick of St. John’s Law School joins the podcast to discuss the quality of information found on social media, how to deal with inauthentic information online and how social media platforms govern user-posted content. Klonick also discusses technology’s anchoring role in fostering an informed and engaged society, as well as the areas where law and technology intersect.

    • 55 min
    Local News: Public Good or Private Enterprise? Danielle Coffey, Howard Husock, Chris Lewis and Penelope Muse Abernathy

    Local News: Public Good or Private Enterprise? Danielle Coffey, Howard Husock, Chris Lewis and Penelope Muse Abernathy

    Policymakers, academics and journalists explore the policy implications of the local news crisis: how do we confront a news landscape in which local journalism is supported by a constellation of founding sources? Hear the live recording of Knight-Gallup’s recent policy discussion and report launch event in Washington, D.C.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Mobilizing Hashtags to Change Societies: A Discussion With Sarah J. Jackson

    Mobilizing Hashtags to Change Societies: A Discussion With Sarah J. Jackson

    We often hear about how social media creates echo chambers, but it also brings people together to raise awareness about injustice and create political pressure to rectify it. Professor Sarah J. Jackson, of the University of Pennsylvania, shares insights from the upcoming book that she cowrote: #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice. The book uncovers “how marginalized groups use Twitter to advance counter-narratives, preempt political spin and build diverse networks of dissent.” We discuss the influence and history of activism and identity politics in the internet age.

    • 52 min
    Civil Discourse in a Divided Nation: A Conversation With David Plazas

    Civil Discourse in a Divided Nation: A Conversation With David Plazas

    Motivated by the 2016 election discourse, David Plazas wanted a change, so he created Civility Tennessee, a campaign to restore faith in each other. In his research, Plazas found that Americans have a deep craving for renewing their sense of unity. In this episode, Plazas goes in-depth on how Civility Tennessee serves as an important tool for discussing issues leading up to the 2020 election in a civil and respectful way. Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee and The Tennessean where he serves as an editorial writer, opinion columnist, op-ed editor and an editorial board member. You won’t want to miss this episode.

    • 29 min
    The Decline of Community in Local News: A Conversation With Penelope Muse Abernathy

    The Decline of Community in Local News: A Conversation With Penelope Muse Abernathy

    The business model of the local news industry is broken. As the number of newspaper journalists continues to decrease, newspaper owners must be creative, disciplined and agile in seeking new revenue streams and ensuring that the quality of the stories they create are not affected by lack of resources. In this episode, Jonathan chats with Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, to discuss the declining sense of community in the news industry and other challenges that journalists and newspaper owners face today.

    • 37 min

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A nuanced take on the media and democracy

This show offers a clear-eyed perspective on the problems facing journalism and democracy and offers thoughtful insight into where we go from here. I will be using these episodes in my journalism classes!

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