Jul 13 • 22M

EP20: Opinions Go Viral (w/ Joshua Darr)

Host Alex Ragir and guest Joshua Darr, professor at Louisiana State University and Co-author of Home Style Opinion, talk about the opinion news boom, political polarization, and much more!

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On today’s episode, we cover:

  • The virality of opinionated journalism

  • The New York Times doubling their opinion staff, and Gannett scaling back on national columnists

  • His research on how decline in local news creates political polarization

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Here’s some links to some of the articles cited in the latest episode:

  1. “The Media Bubble is Real: Study Shows Massive Disconnect Between Journalists, Public" (The Hill)

  2. “Gannett is Scuttling Daily Editorial Pages at its Regional Papers" (Poynter)

  3. “NYT Opinion Section Doubles in Size" (Axios)

  4. “Fox News Tops May Cable News Ratings As ‘The Five’ Ranks No. 1 In Total Viewers" (Deadline)

Here’s what happening in the news this week:

Missed last week’s show? Here are some clips from my chat with Sarabeth Berman:

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