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  • Now, how about some distractions?
    The news has been so grim lately, we thought something less newsy would help readers’ moods. You might call this column a “red herring.” It’s a distraction. A “red herring” is often viewed as a decept… (Click on article title to continue reading)
  • Beware of the infographic
    Alberto Cairo is on a mission to improve how journalists use charts. “Visualizations, charts can be incredibly powerful at exploring data,” he told me recently. They can also be powerful as tools for… (Click on article title to continue reading)
  • How to report on a data breach
    What do Target, MySpace, Equifax, LinkedIn, eBay, JP Morgan Chase, Yahoo, Sony, and many other prominent—and less prominent—companies have in common? They all have been hacked. Taken together, these h… (Click on article title to continue reading)
  • India had its first ‘WhatsApp election.’ We have a million messages from it
    Editor’s note: This is the first piece in a series about monitoring political communications during the 2019 Indian elections on WhatsApp, a closed messaging network that’s difficult for researchers a… (Click on article title to continue reading)
  • The place for local news in a national debate
    There’s plenty to consider about the role debate moderators and political commentators play in effectively informing the American electorate. But it’s also worth considering the role local journalism… (Click on article title to continue reading)