Fall 2022

How Political Coverage is Changing to Get Beyond Polarization

Cover for Fall 2022

Over the past few years, Americans have become increasingly polarized, having trouble even simply talking to each other and agreeing on basic facts. A 2020 study revealed that the polarization gap — how negatively members of opposing political parties viewed each other — soared by nearly 70 percent. In this issue, Nieman Reports explores how newsrooms are advancing political coverage that considers voters rather than just vote-seekers, explores divisions without oversimplifying or overstating them, and identifies not only the existence of problems but possible solutions — a practice that in turn makes the reporting more useful and even more accurate.

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Ann Marie Lipinski
James Geary
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Laura Colarusso
Assistant Editor
Natalie De Rosa
Dan Zedek
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