Rethink the News

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  • Now, churches struggle with their #MeToo moment

    Our first story is not of the news today, but it is very much of this moment in history. #MeToo is challenging views of power that objectify and exploit women and the vulnerable. For many faith communities, it points to a need to look inward. 

  • Diversity on display at a tech conference minus 'tech bros'

    Our next story hits on a similar theme: small efforts at awakening institutional change. In this case, a group asked a probing question. When the tech community looks at women and minorities, does it see opportunity or a quota? 

  • The big eco-challenge: Wealth can up concern – but also footprint

    Call it the environmentalism paradox. As nations become wealthier, their negative impact on the environment increases, yet so does their capacity and desire to help. Ahead of Earth Day, it's a reminder that the health of the planet depends largely on how powerful we can make the second half of that equation.   

  • Whose beach? In Florida, it’s private ownership vs. public access.

    In Florida, beaches are a treasure, and that is what has made them such a flashpoint in a growing battle over what money can buy. 

  • Putting family first: a South African mother's years-long struggle

    Our last story today is a video about a South African woman who staff photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman calls “the most compassionate and loving mother I’ve met in all my years I’ve worked.” The Monitor has followed Olga Thimbela since 2007, when she took in six children from relatives who died of AIDS. On Monday, we’ll share the story of her daughter, who in many ways symbolizes the promise of the new South Africa, but also the pitfalls that remain. Here we trace our decade-long relationship with Olga – the challenges of moving beyond the legacy of AIDS, apartheid, and poverty, and the yearning of a mother’s love.

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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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