Top Stories

Thursday, July 30

Our most popular stories this week, along with editors' picks:

Here are the highlights:

  1. The hotline that helps detained immigrants share their stories
    How reporters, loved ones, lawyers, and advocates gain access to immigrants detained by one of the most inscrutable agencies in the country.
  2. Op-ed: If you want to see the contours of a national crisis, look at local reporting
    As local newsrooms struggle to invest in investigative reporting, more journalists are taking on the work on their own time.
  3. How a global crisis turns into a personal crisis
    Reporters who cover events such as a pandemic, protests, or mass migrations are susceptible to moral injury––feelings of guilt, shame, or anger––if they feel they've failed to live up to their own ethical code.
  4. Ninety-nine days to do better
    The presidential election is almost here and coverage still needs to improve. The best political journalism presents the moral choices that face voters with clarity.
  5. In defense of the softball interview
    Occasionally, an easy question can put an interviewee at ease and result in a more candid answer––as recent interviews with President Trump about a cognitive assessment did.
  6. The modern dilemma of TikTok journalism
    "Can my kids be on the platform and make goofy videos without worrying about China's access to their data? Sure. Can a journalist covering China or things of interest to Beijing? That's harder to say."
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