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Local Broadcasters’ Town Hall
Local Broadcasters Connect with Viewers’ Practical and Emotional Needs in Crisis

Fundraising for food banks, hosting mental health forums and offering financial advice for the newly jobless are just a few of the ways local radio, television and digital news outlets are connecting with their communities’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What words make up a ‘true threat?’ Well, that depends

The First Amendment’s protection for free speech covers most of what we may say, whether it’s impolite, insulting, biased or uplifting, even commentary or forcefully expressed opinions that most of us would find repulsive or repugnant.
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COVID-19
Webinar Recap: Journalists Seek ­– and Find ­­– Solutions Amid the Pandemic

Journalists practicing a solutions-oriented style of reporting shared story ideas and tips for how covering the COVID-19 pandemic can unearth strategies for solving problems the crisis has revealed during a May 11, 2020, Power Shift Project webinar.
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