Rethink the News

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  • Does Washington have buyer's remorse over assertive Saudi Arabia?

    Observers are concerned that the US is pinning too many of its hopes for the Mideast on the abilities of an untested young Saudi leader. What does that mean for policy options, and for regional dynamics?

  • For transgender community, a year of promise and peril

    Even as America continues to wrestle with questions about identity, the transgender politicians who won their elections last week say they weren't running on gender, but rather everyday issues that mattered to all their constituents.

  • Jordanian mothers and a new civil rights battle

    For Jordanian women, not being able to offer citizenship to their children remains a question of basic rights – one that is gaining new urgency amid the refugee crisis.

  • What 'thoughts and prayers' really means to the devout

    After the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings, the debate online shifted to whether praying is "doing anything." That sentiment echoes an anti-apartheid meeting in the 1980s, when a South African minister asked people to pray for a solution for her country. A young man stood up and said, "I’m getting sick of praying. I want to do something," one religious scholar told reporter Stephen Humphries. "At that point she said, in a very stern voice, ‘Prayer is doing something.' "

  • Schools band together to help rural students

    Ohio offers a model for how far-flung and sparsely populated schools can provide rural students with the same access to postsecondary opportunities as their urban and suburban peers.

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About Monitor Journalism

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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