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Public meetings don't work. So what does?

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 26, 2013

Public Agenda, a national public engagement research organization, studied involvement in local government in California. Here's an excerpt:

What is the state of public participation in local government decision making in California?

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Who was polarized first?

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 26, 2013

A recent Pew Research Center study shows that moderates are moving away from the party structure, leaving the Republican and Democratic parties to the people who tend to be unwavering in their opinions.

Republicans are more polarized than Democrats, according to the study. Democrats attract moderates and conservatives more than Republicans attract liberals and moderates.

So which came first? A polarized government? Polarized media? Or polarized people?

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Should news organizations be advocates?

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 24, 2013

The Beacon Journal's America Today/Civility project, some would say, was advocacy. However, the project was launched based on polling, focus groups and interviews that showed overwhelming concern about the lack of respect people show toward one another and the need to understand different perspectives, find common ground and work toward solutions.

 

Here's a piece from Jan Schaffer at the Nieman Journalism Lab.

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Webinar: Challenging Racism Systemically in the South

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 22, 2013

July 23, 2013

3 pm ET

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Do news media incite incivility?

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 22, 2013

Part of the Beacon Journal's America Today project

Initially published Sept. 10, 2012

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Who passes the civility test?

By Dave Scott Published: July 20, 2012

The Civic Commons seeks suggestions for who should be asked to take a civility test. Who would you nominate?

http://theciviccommons.com/conversations/incivility-matters-so-let-s-fix-it

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Where to find older America Today stories

By Dave Scott Published: July 18, 2012

Sometimes people say they missed a story and want to know how to find them. All of the Beacon Journal's America Today stories are collected here: http://www.ohio.com/special-projects/civility 

Dave Scott

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