The Next Plague Is Coming ; We Need a PBS for the Internet Age ; and More Picks 3/4

The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready? (Chris)

From the Atlantic: “The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.”

Data Journalism at Two Elite News Outlets Lacked Transparency: Research (Chris)

The author writes, “Data journalism produced by two of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations — The New York Times and The Washington Post — has lacked transparency, often failing to explain the methods journalists or others used to collect or analyze the data on which the articles were based, a new study finds. In addition, the news outlets usually did not provide the public with access to that data.”

California Could Take Legal Action Against Journalists Over Police Conviction Data (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday didn’t rule out the possibility that his office could take legal action against Berkeley-based journalists who received a secret list of California police officers convicted of crimes.”

Tobacco Industry Faces New Scrutiny in Albany (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Once under annual siege by governors and lawmakers, the tobacco industry has gone relatively unscathed for a good portion of this decade. [But] in 2019, it suddenly has a real fight on its hands.”

We Need a PBS for the Internet Age (Russ)

The author writes, “a healthy public sphere needs a healthy public media. We’ve built the equivalent for television and radio. Now it’s time to do it for the Internet.”

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