Rethink the News

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  • Voter redistricting: High court to take up a third key case

    There's nothing new about gerrymandering. But gerrymandering plus big data creates a brand-new – and potentially more dangerous – equation. Will the Supreme Court make it harder for districts to redraw their lines?

  • Briefing

    Their parents came to Britain to fill gaps. Now, many feel unwelcome.

    They committed no crime. They evaded no laws. They simply grew up in the place their parents chose. But now they may be forced to leave the only country they've ever known. No, we're not talking about "Dreamers." Meet Britain's "Windrush generation." Will these children of immigrants benefit from a new approach by their government?

  • How Egypt’s stubborn poverty threatens a strongman’s grip

    He's been called a dictator and a strongman. He keeps a tight hold on the reins of power in his country. But Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is facing a population that is increasingly weary, struggling, and sometimes just plain hungry. How long can he hold on?

  • At US college-decision time, some conservatives face tough choices

    For many years, it was simply accepted as a fact about higher education in the United States: A majority of students held liberal political views, as did most of their professors. But for some of today's young conservatives and their parents, that's not a system they're ready to buy into. And they're now finding alternatives.

  • Naledi’s story: In South Africa, the promise of college is hard to reap

    In South Africa, the biggest change in higher education in the past couple of decades has been the dramatic increase in access. And while that's good news, getting into college is only half the battle. For many, the biggest obstacles today are getting all the way through to a degree – and finding a way to afford it.

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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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