Lewis Friedland on NBC Nightly News: TV anchors decrying ‘fake’ news puts spotlight on Sinclair Broadcast Group

The country’s largest local broadcast group is under fire for requiring local news anchors in dozens of markets to read an identical promo ad script, criticizing “false news” and “fake stories.”

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In the New York Times: Some see bitter Wisconsin race as next midterm barometer

While there's no doubt that Democrats this year are more energized than Republicans, it's dubious whether one election can be an accurate bellwether of what's to come in November, said Ryan Owens, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin who heads the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

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Pam Oliver quoted in the Wall Street Journal: After the ‘March for Our Lives,’ student activists focus on midterm elections

Quoted: Pamela Oliver, a University of Wisconsin sociology professor, said to build a sustained movement after the midterm elections, students have to persuade supporters to persevere through legislative losses and fading media attention. “At some point, you’re going to face setbacks, and you have to be willing to endure when you’re not winning. You have to settle in for the longer haul.”

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Jonathan Gray in The Observer: How John Oliver changed news

You may not think millennials have the attention span for 20-minute explainers on Bitcoin, Italian politics or the Confederacy. But such is the power of bespectacled British comedian John Oliver and his HBO show Last Week Tonight: audiences now care about and pay attention to these types of issues.

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Hilldale Award winners recognized for their contributions

One scholar from each of four faculty divisions — Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences — is selected to receive the Hilldale Award. L&S faculty members received three of the four awards. 

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Man of da Minute

With his hit comedy news show, the Manitowoc Minute, L&S grad Charlie Berens shares a slice of Wisconsin with the rest of the world.

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L&S wins nine of twelve UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

Twelve faculty members - nine of them from the College of Letters & Science - have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

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Chris Wells quoted on KVUE.com: Russian Twitter trolls stoked racial tension in wake of Milwaukee rioting before 2016 election

A team that included University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor of Journalism Chris Wells found last month that at least 116 articles from U.S. media outlets included tweets from @TEN_GOP and other Russian-linked accounts, with the tweets usually cited as examples of supposedly ordinary Americans voicing their views. Wells said that the tweets found by the Journal Sentinel seemed similar.

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Barry Burden quoted in Newsweek: The alt-right's first real political candidate went too far, even for white nationalists

“He went from being kind of an underground hero in 2016 to being a total pariah,” Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek. “They’ve all walked away from him now. No one in the conservative movement is willing to stand with him.”

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