Rethink the News

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  • Epic Los Angeles blazes force a rethink over living with fire

    When the snowflakes of ash stop falling in tinder-dry southern California, the work will turn to recovery – and then, if experts are heeded, to smart adaptation.

  • In Yemen, ex-dictator’s killing makes ending war harder, more urgent

    Yemen is about as complicated as crises get. Mideast editor Ken Kaplan spent some quality time with this story. “Lots of ‘buts,’ ‘yets,’ and ‘howevers,’ ” Ken says. “But that’s Yemen.” Sometimes obscured by the granularity of the power game there: It’s also the site of the world’s largest food-security emergency.  

  • Point of Progress

    Behind a global rise in literacy

    So many of the United Nations reports we’re sifting through these days outline the plight of different populations. A release on the eye-catching reading achievement among fourth-grade-age children in more than 60 educational systems – and everything that such success signals – was a welcome read.

  • Under threat: a plan for covering gaps in children’s health care

    The prioritization of federal funding is anything but an abstract exercise to citizens who manage their own money tightly. “People work hard,” says a mother whose access to a critical health-care program was ended, to tragic effect, “but you never know what situation you’re going to fall into.”

  • Rise of the machines: Are they coming next for the arts?

    Here’s a talker for your weekend. Ultimately, intelligence can no more be contained by a circuit board than it can by a prefrontal cortex. What happens when its high-flying, flourish-making cousin, creativity, is attempted by robots?

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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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