Paid internships, properly conceived and administered, could bring a diversity of region, class and race to an industry where the elevators are full of people who look alike, talk alike and think alike. Pie in the sky? Not at Atlantic Media.
Three years ago, the company made the decision to end unpaid internships and go to yearlong fellowships that had meaningful tasks, an educational component, a living wage attached and, get this, health insurance.
There are now 45 fellows working across its publications, and several have graduated to significant, permanent roles at the company. “We were looking for ambitious, creative, original journalists, and we did not want income to be a barrier,” said James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic.
“Publishing that includes the web means we need to reach a national audience, and that requires a diverse mix of class, region, race and, yes, generations to do our job.”
The odd thing about those good intentions and enlightened talk? It’s been good for business. The Atlantic is expanding its audience through the magazine and its website, along with The Wire, its high-tempo news site; and Atlantic Cities, a site that covers urban issues.
The audience seems to be noticing. According to GfK MRI’s annual survey tracking print and digital readership, The Atlantic has grown 34 percent in the first half of this year.
When parents kill children, death penalty is rare, experts say
Experts say unless parents have a history of violent behavior, it’s rare for parents accused of killing their own children to become candidates for the death penalty — which is usually set aside for the most egregious acts of premeditated murder.
And it’s even more rare for a jury to actually recommend death for these parents after a guilty verdict.
That’s because, although they won’t excuse the crime, jurors can sympathize with crimes of passion provoked by complex and deep-seated mental health or family issues, according to Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based research nonprofit.
"There are understandable difference between that and a serial killer," Dieter said. "The family dynamics that lead to that kind of murder, it’s something juries can relate to — even if they would never do it."
“The problem is that viewers and readers don’t always know that they’re being hustled. Beck and his colleagues at Fox did their viewers and the country a tremendous disservice, not only riling folks up but outrightly misinforming them. In 2012, the year after Beck left his Fox show (which at the time was one of the highest-rated shows in all of cable news), a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll found that people who watched or listened to no news were better informed than those who watched Fox. According to the report, “The largest effect” of a news source “is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.””—The Penance of Glenn Beck - NYTimes.com
Abortions Reportedly Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1970s
Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason.
Both the abortion rate and the number of abortions (just under 1.1 million) fell 13 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the reproductive health think tank that’s been doing the periodic survey of abortion providers since the 1970s.
The 2011 abortion rate of 16.9 per 1,000 women aged 15-44 is the lowest since 1973, the year the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide.But the authors said they found no evidence that the passage of hundreds of state abortion restrictions had any impact on the latest decline.
"While most of the new laws were enacted in states in the Midwest and the South, abortion incidence declined in all regions," the study noted.
And some states that are generally supportive of abortion rights, including those allowing Medicaid payment for abortions for poor women, “experienced declines in their abortion rates comparable to, and sometimes greater than, the national decline,” the study said. It cited California, New Jersey and New York as examples.
“Anne-Marie Slaughter, a political scientist at Princeton and former top State Department official who wrote a lengthy response to Ms. Sandberg, argues that gender equality, at the top and the bottom of the income scale, requires finishing the cultural revolution that broadened women’s acceptable role in society from stay-at-home mothers to breadwinners but stopped short of changing men. “The way we view women changed radically,” said Professor Slaughter, who now heads the New America Foundation. “The way we view men not at all.” Only when child care is accepted into the set of things that men do along with women, she says, will Americans achieve equality at work.”—To Address Gender Gap, Is It Enough to Lean In? - NYTimes.com
“In a study published last year in Gender and Society, he found that, “Men use uptalk more when surrounded by women contestants, and when correcting a woman contestant after she makes an incorrect response.” He concluded, “The more successful a man is, the less likely he is to use uptalk; the more successful a woman is, the more likely she is to use uptalk.” Dr. Liberman of the University of Pennsylvania said that some studies suggest that uptalk has been used by the more powerful person in hierarchical exchanges, such as those between employer and employee, teacher and student, or doctor and patient. An office assistant, for example, would not be likely to say to the boss: “Are you following me on this? Do you understand what I’m saying?” In such instances, uptalk, rather than suggesting insecurity, may in fact signal confidence, paternalism, coercion or faux conviviality.”—Overturning the Myth of Valley Girl Speak - NYTimes.com
411the number of patients that have been treated for various chemical-related ailments at local hospitals since the West Virginia chemical spill took place nearly two weeks ago. The last bans on drinking water ended Saturday, but the period was harrowing for those affected: The West Virginia Poison Center had received 2,302 calls from people concerned about the effects of the ban on both themselves and their animals. source
“The Great Recession should have put the victim-blaming theory of poverty to rest. In the space of only a few months, millions of people entered the ranks of the officially poor—not only laid-off blue-collar workers, but also downsized tech workers, managers, lawyers, and other once-comfortable professionals. No one could accuse these “nouveau poor” Americans of having made bad choices or bad lifestyle decisions. They were educated, hardworking, and ambitious, and now they were also poor—applying for food stamps, showing up in shelters, lining up for entry-level jobs in retail. This would have been the moment for the pundits to finally admit the truth: Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.”—The Atlantic: It Is Expensive to Be Poor