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MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences - Great Ideas Change the World

Communications in slow-moving crises
 

               

                “Things seem to be happening both much faster and much slower now,
                because the density of human presence on the planet speeds up 
                environmental change, and slows down political change—creating a 
                viscosity that makes history work differently.”

                               — Rosalind Williams, Bern Dibner Professor 
                                   of the History of Science and Technology

 

Slowly evolving, urgent stories 
The panelists discuss how to approach slowly evolving but urgent stories at a time when news coverage has shifted inexorably from print and its variable deadlines to the constant, repetitive churn of cable news and instant internet information. In setting up the discussion, moderator Thomas Levenson discusses the concept of “slow-moving crises” and changes in the practice of journalism.
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Moderator

Thomas Levenson 
Professor, Program Head and Director of the Graduate Program, Writing and Humanistic Studies, MIT

Panelists

Rosalind Williams - Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology, MIT

Abrahm Lustgarten - Reporter, ProPublica

Andrea Pitzer - Editor, Nieman Storyboard, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University