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  • After Parkland, a new generation finds its voice

    Henry Charman says he will never forget the day he heard about the Sandy Hook shooting. His social studies teacher broke down in tears in front of the class. Now, the Parkland shootings have caused the senior to rethink his views of guns. “It’s really hard for me to say, because I am sort of a stereotypical Montanan,” he says. “I own guns and I hunt. But if giving up my guns meant there would be no more school shootings, I would do it in an instant.”

  • The origin – and original purpose – of a Russian ‘troll farm’

    The Internet Research Agency indicted by Robert Mueller last week has been covered for years by the Russian media, who started covering its tactics five years ago, when it was established as a tool for domestic disinformation. One former employee told The Washington Post: "I arrived there, and I immediately felt like a character in the book '1984' by George Orwell – a place where you have to write that white is black and black is white."

  • Reaching for equity

    Gender equality as ‘trade secret’? Firms awaken to a long-dawning idea.

    Should efforts to recruit and retain talented women be regarded as a trade secret equivalent to the formula for Coca-Cola? IBM thinks so. Behind a noncompete lawsuit that puzzled business analysts lies a growing realization at more companies: Gender equity is good for the bottom line.

  • At Winter Games, a historical diversity on display

    Olympics are known for their firsts – take the US women winning their first cross-country gold medal (also the first gold medal for Team USA's only mom). While athletes in the Winter Games still tend to be white and male, Olympians say the increasing diversity of faces on the podium honors the Games' original spirit.

  • Can altruism exist without empathy? Lessons from the ant world

    Our next story shows that the compulsion to help others isn't limited to humans. It also contradicts popular ideas about Darwinian evolution promoting only selfish behavior – to say nothing of the Aesop fable about ants unwilling to help a neighbor in need.

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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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