Rethink the News

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  • Behind a corporate stirring on dubious social media content

    Let’s stay with the "good information" theme. A US consumer-goods giant has threatened to pull its ad spending from social media firms that don't do more to weed out offensive content. This piece explores the shift that represents – away from a faith in algorithms and toward a more nuanced view of corporate responsibility.

  • How post-ISIS scramble in Syria raises risk of wider war

    You may have a sense that the Syria conflict is winding down. It can also sometimes seem poised to escalate, as big powers jockey for a lasting foothold. What's holding that in check? As this piece explains, even the winners have a lot to lose.

  • In GMO debate, Uganda seeks to strike a balance

    How do regulators manage the risks and promises of emerging technology? On the highly contentious issue of genetically modified crops, Uganda is looking for a way forward that tempers fears with practical legislation.

  • Glitter and gold? US nordic women hunt medals as a team.

    There have been many absorbing stories this week of individual Olympic athletes. The writer of this next piece – herself once ranked fourth among women nordic skiers in the US – was also once a training partner of Kikkan Randall, the veteran member of the current US team. Who better to provide a portrait of this tightknit group of contenders?

  • Whose nature? Colorado leads push to democratize the outdoors.

    Does spending time in nature have to be a privilege? One state is leading the way in ensuring that minority and low-income children don’t get left inside.

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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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