Rethink the News

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  • Among middle-class Republicans, mixed feelings on Trump tax plan

    Once a bloc of voters gets its candidate into office, satisfaction means deciding how the officeholder’s actions hold up against campaign promises. As this piece explains, unforeseen twists can be seen as breaches – or as trade-offs that work. 

  • Battle over monuments, the New York City edition

    Competing narratives around figures both revered and reviled – around Christopher Columbus, in particular – have made their way to a northern US city of immigrants and raised moral and ethical questions. Are statements in statuary about history, or just memory?

  • In Malaysia, child-marriage reform hits a roadblock

    A clash that plays out globally in different ways – legal rights versus cultural influencers with other ideas – is flaring in this Southeast Asian country over a practice almost universally despised in developed nations. A year ahead of elections, that matters. 

  • Passing of a one-time Romanian royal prompts an outpouring

    We paused over the pitch for this story about nostalgia for a deposed Romanian king. But then came a compelling question: Why have Romanians shown such deep remorse at his death? For one, his main messages were of loyalty and principles. As one analyst in Bucharest puts it, mourning him provides “a moment of dignity in a confusing and noisy political world.”

  • Books

    Five good reads to round out your holiday gift list

    Collectively, you’re a bookish bunch. You devoured our recent roundup of the best 30 books of 2017. Still hungry? Here’s another handful of leads, for holiday gifting or just for yourself. 

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About Monitor Journalism

We think it is time to rethink the news.

News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.

When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.

The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:

We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.

We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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