Breaking News Consumers Handbook

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Friday, December 18, 2015

How can you to tell important polling headlines from bad ones? Our partnership with FiveThirtyEight continues with this look at how to interpret polling data as the primaries get closer.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Terrorism Edition

Friday, November 20, 2015

Drawing on reporters, terrorism experts, and the media's best and worst impulses, a Breaking News Consumer's Handbook for the coverage after an act of terror.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: SCOTUS Edition

Friday, October 09, 2015

With the expertise of seasoned SCOTUS reporters, we've put together a handy guide for the discerning news consumer to make sense of the court, its decisions, and its coverage.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Stock Market Volatility Edition

Friday, August 28, 2015

When stocks go haywire, so do reporters. A breaking news consumer's handbook to help you make sense of senseless stock market coverage. 

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A Skeptic's Guide to Health News and Diet Fads

Friday, July 31, 2015

A bogus study about chocolate and weight loss fooled several news outlets. Here, we present a thorough debunking of health news misreporting and bogus, celebrity-endorsed diet fads. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Bearing Witness Edition

Friday, June 12, 2015

As another disturbing video of police action goes viral, we provide a handbook for filming police encounters and bearing witness.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Data Breach Edition

Friday, June 12, 2015

Governments get hacked - it's almost inevitable. The bigger the hack - the more acute the subsequent panic. Here's a breaking news consumer's handbook to help you make sense of a hack.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Tectonic Edition

Friday, May 08, 2015

After an earthquake, media coverage follows a predictable trajectory. We put together a template to help a discerning news consumer look for the real story. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014

When diseases like Swine Flu and Ebola infect cable news, panic takes over. We put together a template to help the discerning news consumer see through the media's over-the-top coverage.
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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014

When diseases like Swine Flu and Ebola infect cable news, panic takes over. We put together a template to help the discerning news consumer see through the media's over-the-top coverage.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Airline Edition

Friday, July 25, 2014

A guide to reading and watching the news about a plane crash.

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