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The tweeting president

Farmers in Tracy, a rural town in south-western Minnesota, predominantly voted for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. But even some of them criticize the president for his late-night Twitter rants. We discovered this during our three-day visit to Tracy last week. All four Trump supporters I spoke to told me more or less the same: the president should get rid of his bad Twitter habit and focus on what is really important – for example tax reforms. 

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Because we like you!

Because we like you!

At the age of 75 in Oct.12, 2003 Joan Beverly Kroc dies. As the third wife of McDonald's CEO Ray Kroc, she inherited his fortune after his death in 1984. During her life Mrs. Kroc gave away more than $1 billion toward causes ranging from animal welfare, children, homelessness, nuclear disarmament, and the arts.

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Northern Minnesota Community Meets with WPI Fellows

Northern Minnesota Community Meets with WPI Fellows

 

Local Minnesota residents were invited to take part in two forums where 10 international journalists, sponsored by the World Press Institute, answered audience questions and shared their perspectives on the mainstream media in the era of “fake news.”

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Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

It’s hard to imagine one newsroom that hasn’t incorporated Facebook as one of the main working tools nowadays. The outlets use it on a minute-to-minute basis to gather news, amplify the stories’ reach on the internet, interact with the audience and do live videos. Why not try using it as a main channel for themed stories, too?

 

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Will immigration politics be the Achilles Heel for the U.S.?

The number of Somalis in St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rising over the years. A local shopping area in Minneapolis is named ‘Little Mogadishu’. Here, locals mingle irrespective of race and creed. It’s a closely knit community. 

There are an estimated 25,000 Somalis in the Twin Cities. But their presence, viewed against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s overambitious immigration reforms, has put Minnesota at a crossroads as the new administration digs in.

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From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

Earlier this week in the small town of Tracy, Minn. local residents asked questions - and the WPI fellows answered. The meeting was held in the style of a traditional press conference, with all 10 fellows sitting side by side along a long table, taking turns addressing the audience. 

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Minnesota Public Radio and its investigation team

Minnesota Public Radio and its investigation team

On August 30, the WFP had the opportunity to visit Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and get acquainted with the work of its investigation team.

MPR is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programs for radio, digital and live audiences and operating a 46-stations radio network. MPR and its three regional services - MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current - reach one million listeners each week.

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An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

A giant bright blue rooster and an enormous spoon holding up a crimson cherry are drawing crowds to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer.

Bigness is pervasive in the United States, and it seems sculptures are no different.

However, it’s a barely noticeable nearby empty space - where another sculpture was briefly erected, and then removed earlier this year - that arguably says more about America.

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