Rethink the News

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  • In the ‘small town’ that is Congress, a challenging harassment fight

    Congress is changing its approach to sexual harassment, with required training and a close look at how claims are settled. Capitol Hill, like Hollywood, is a place where it’s hard to come forward without risking it all. But it matters that more people are speaking up in the nexus of lawmaking. 

  • Chile’s election marks a swing in Latin American leadership

    At least for the near term, the region won’t have a single woman president for the first time in more than a decade. That has some observers wondering if the gains made since 2006 will outlast the women leaders who fought for them.  

  • The complex reality of corporate tax incentives

    It’s a “fairness” thing: For many workaday taxpayers, any plan that helps big corporations is a step in the wrong direction. But Congress seems intent on reaching for the corporate-tax-cut lever. This story gets beyond the narrow political optics to view this tax debate through the lens of a competitive global economy.

  • Ukraine’s vets are changing public perception of ‘disability’

    Tapping "star power" is helping to reverse prejudices in Ukraine, where wounded warriors are succeeding in international sports events – then using the acclaim to promote greater understanding of civilians back home who share their challenges.

  • A Mumbai museum challenges Indians’ self-image

    When people use identity in ways that make everyone else “the other,” it's helpful to offer up a reminder of the power and richness that can be drawn from the long, slow simmer of a multicultural bouillabaisse. 

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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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