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Combatting “Fake News” with Media Literacy

Combatting “Fake News” with Media Literacy

by Jodi L. Miller In this era of “fake news,” the likelihood of coming across misinformation and disinformation while searching the Internet is high. Whether it’s a news story, a photo or a video, it’s hard to determine what’s true and what’s not. That is why many in...

Blowing the Whistle on Criminal Activity

Blowing the Whistle on Criminal Activity

by Maria Wood Throughout history, many crimes have been uncovered, not by law enforcement, but by ordinary citizens with a sense of civic responsibility. These citizens are sometimes called whistleblowers. A whistleblower is someone within a private organization or...

When Whistleblowing Leads to Moviemaking

When Whistleblowing Leads to Moviemaking

There have been countless whistleblowers throughout U.S. history. In most of these cases the public will probably never know their names, or if they do will soon forget them. Most whistleblowers don’t make headlines let alone have their stories made into films. Here...

Support Growing for Paying College Athletes

Support Growing for Paying College Athletes

by Michael Barbella In 2019, college athletics generated nearly $19 billion for colleges and universities, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the nonprofit organization that regulates student athletes. The NCAA maintains that more than...

Mailing in the Votes

Mailing in the Votes

by Michael Barbella Voting in the 2020 presidential election could prove challenging this year as the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic fuels fear of going to the polls in person. In order to allay those fears, as well as address the lack of poll workers who are also...

Sowing Seeds of Doubt to Suppress the Youth Vote

Sowing Seeds of Doubt to Suppress the Youth Vote

by Jodi L. Miller There are nearly 17 million students enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States. Some of these students are passionate about political causes and feel strongly about exercising their right to vote. According to Tufts University’s...

High-Tech Not Always Best When It Comes to Voting

High-Tech Not Always Best When It Comes to Voting

by Phyllis Raybin Emert Can you imagine voting in 2020 the way people did in some parts of 19th century America? Men (and it was only white men) swore to a judge that they had not voted before and then shouted out their choice to the waiting clerk, who recorded it in...