Top-Notch Investigative Journalism, Expertly Curated

We should all be following Dig Deep, the terrific weekly roundup from Bill Moyers’s team highlighting the best investigative reporting from top sources. Weekly topics include environmental reporting, oversight under attack, and the rogues gallery that rode the coattails into DC in January. Edited by the eminently able Gail Ablow.


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PNW Scientists Organizing for a Diverse, Active Scientific Community

One of the most inspiring things about the current political moment is the wide and far-reaching creation of new civic and political groups. This Seattle chapter of the national group 500 Women Scientists recently launched with a strong kickstarter campaign and is now set up to do some serious good. Put them on your radar and if you are in a position to help them out, do so! (Civic Tide did!) Check out just some their mission and goals:

The mission of Seattle 500 Women Scientists is: […]

  • To support justice in science, both in terms of fairness/equity in scientific institutions/practice and in how the costs and benefits of science are distributed in society
  • To works towards a vibrant science community that is relevant to the people of the Puget Sound region.
  • To promote inclusion in science for all people, regardless of gender, race, class, national background, or any other division or political affiliation.
  • To create a community/network of women scientists in the Seattle area that reaches across fields, ages, professions.
  • To promote scientific understanding and literacy among girls and women in particular, with an emphasis on important local issues like climate change, public health, and education.
  • To promote diversity and inclusivity and to facilitate scientific literacy in the community as well as the government.
  • To give women a voice and show unified support. To continue to advance scientific progress and demonstrate the value of basic understanding of the natural world in the face of repeated attempts to ignore basic facts at the national level.
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“Seek Truth and Report It”

Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News, from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is a trove of advice, resources, and guidelines for identifying various forms of “fake news.” Well-sourced and streamlined for functionality, the site should be a regular resource for working journalists, especially student journalists, as well as anyone interested in being a more active, more critical reader of news. BLOG_SINGLES_Page_08.png

(Image via; credited to Mark Graham (CD, Art Director) with Josh Tavlin (CD) and John McNeil (CD) for Brill’s Content: Skepticism is a Virtue. )

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Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Well-priced in print and an absolute steal online, Democracy is worth reading and supporting. A fantastic resource covering big, important ideas with sharp, insightful commentary. Use it!

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Resources: 10 Sites to Follow

A pretty useful list (with caveats, as always). It’s a good time to be sampling new sources of news that you want to have in your regular diet. Reading frequently and carefully is a great American traditional and, once again, an overt civic good.

Moyers: 10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

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Setting the Stage for Change

Far-reaching freelancer Lindsey Beyerstein (late of Majikthise, HuffPo, InTheseTimes, and more, now commenting at her Facebook page), makes a great point:

Lindsay Beyerstein

The Women’s March dwarfed the Taxpayer’s March on Washington, which marked the Tea Party’s debut as a national political force.

The Tea Party remade the GOP in its image and won elections.

If the same percentage of Women’s Marchers stay active and organized and leverage their passion into electing progressive Democrats, the potential is unlimited.

There’s been a strong and sound discourse around next steps following Saturday’s Women’s Marches, and many organizations and individuals are jumping right into followup actions, which is great. Building networks that can sustain and amplify those actions will be key. Sounds like it’s possible, and civic-minded small-d democrats need to make that happen.

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Resources: She Should Run

ct-img-17-01-23-she-should-runShe Should Run—A brilliant and forward-thinking organization focusing on a key leverage point in changing our politics: encouraging women to run for office. From their site:

We provide the spark for women’s political careers by inspiring more women to consider public office, and we make the case that public service matters. We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Yet women are not encouraged and recruited at the same rate as men. She Should Run’s robust Ask a Woman to Run program provides a community that encourages women to run and then connects women with resources, people and organizations who can help start their path towards public service. The She Should Run Incubator is our online program to help more women envision themselves in public leadership, and our way of providing thoughtful guidance and support for women considering a future run. Unique among other traditional organizations that recruit specific women for specific seats, our goal is to expand the community of women considering public service as a leadership path.

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