Tuesday Tools: Editing Text

Looking for some tools (apps and online) that will help you with editing your writing (or the writing of others)? Here are some useful options. The tech tools site also has a list of links to writing helps for better organization, academic papers, and putting together scripts. 

Mac app that checks your grammar and spelling. Free.

After the Deadline*
Checks your story for grammar, spelling and style. Works as a plugin for WordPress blogs, an add-on for the Firefox browser, etc.

Scans your writing and highlights flaws such as repetitive words, overuse of adverbs and use of passive voice. $30 a month.

An app that analyzes your writing, breaking down everything from which words you are using frequently to the number of times parts of speech come up in your writing. See what percentage of sentences are extra-long and which words are filler and which verbs are weak. Free.

Writing tool that works as grammar checker, sentence rephraser, translator, dictionary and text reader. Free.

Automated proofreader and personal grammar coach.

Hemingway App*
The Hemingway app is designed to make you a better writer by highlighting problems in your writing. Goal is to make more direct and active--more Hemingway-ey, as the Washington Post proclaims. Just paste your text into the app and it will highlight hard to read sentences, adverbs, complex phrases, and passive voice.  Color coordinated highlighting. Click on these words to see the suggested alternatives.  Word count, readability grade, etc.  $6.99.

Marked 2
Tools for writers including word counts, document stats, highlights repeated words.  Mac only.  $9.99.

Hire an experienced proofreader based on an hourly rate (typically one hour for every 5000 words).

Grammar, plagiarism, and spell checker. Mostly free but $7.50 per month for all features.

Proofread Bot
Shows your mistakes and what areas of your writing that could be strengthened. The more words reviewed, the greater the cost starting at $5 for 20,000 words.  

Readability Score
Cut and paste your text into a dialogue box to see the writing's grade level. Free, but for any contribution you get access to more advanced tools like readability alerts, PDF and Word doc processing and bulk uploads. TextEvaluator offers more feedback on the text.

Writing app that checks grammar along with flow, structure, word frequency, and overused phrases.

Like Readability Score, it will tell you what grade level a piece of text is written on, the average length of sentences, etc.  But TextEvaluator goes further, including grammatical complexity, insights on vocabulary, etc.

Word Counter*
Cut and paste your document (or just type) to see how many words, characters, and sentences you are using. It shows what words are overused, the average number of words in your sentences, and the reading level you are writing at. Free.

Word Frequency Counter
See how often you use (and overuse) words and phrases in your writing.

Checks your text against a huge database of correct language. Use it to find language you might not have considered. A desktop app that works with emails, Word docs, etc. Free. 

Articles of Interest - Aug 20


Senate adopts resolution declaring "the press is not the enemy of the people"  CBS News

Antifa protesters couldn’t find any fascists at Unite the Right — and harassed the press instead  Washington Post

How to Discuss the Far Right Without Empowering It: A lesson from Germany  The Atlantic   

Twitter  thread of great interviewing tips  Twitter

Even ethical journalism can have collateral damage  Columbia Journalism Review

Trump called the press “the enemy of the people” — Now more than 300 papers are pushing back  Vox 

Survey says Americans want transparency, not censorship, in their news  Gallup

U-T builds site to tell readers about its journalism  Union Tribune  


A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem  Vox

Fake America great again:Inside the race to catch the worryingly real fakes that can be made using artificial intelligence   MIT Technology Review 

What we learned about media literacy by teaching high school students fact-checking  Poynter  

How I Became Fake News  The Ringer 

Trump and the Enemies of the People (opinion)  The New Yorker

The SurfSafe Browser Extension Will Save You From Fake Photos  Wired  


Public radio networks PRI and PRX are merging in a bid to create a podcasting juggernaut  Star Tribune


Programming languages may finally be reaching a status quo  Wired

35% Of Millennials and 42% Of Gen Z Share Their Streaming Service Passwords  Tube Filter


Scientists say they have improve deep learning method for neural networks in a peer reviewed journal article  Phys.org

How China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance  MIT Technology Review

US government agencies at every level—local, state and federal—leans into machine learning  GCN

A look at what Descartes Labs is doing with machine learning and space data  Quartz

What Data Scientists Really Do (according to 35 Data Scientists)  Harvard Biz Review explores 


Here’s how to use Gmail’s ‘confidential mode’ on your mobile device  Daily Dot

Women are 79 percent more likely to spend money on mobile games  The Verge

If you deposit checks through a mobile app, start adding this phrase  USA Today 


FBI warns of potential ATM bank heist that could steal millions globally  The Verge

What Your Car Knows About You: Auto makers are figuring out how to monetize drivers’ data (sub. required)  Wall Street Journal 


Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking with His New Online Masterclass  Open Culture 

How to Take Better Photos on your iPhone  Mashable 


Google releases political ad directory  Axios

“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets  Vanity Fair


8-Year-Old Girl With 3D Printed Hand To Throw out First Pitch At Every MLB Stadium  Carbonated.tv

Indonesian athlete couldn’t afford shoes, so he trained barefoot. He just won gold  Global News 

A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days: School employees showered him with theirs  CNN

UM college senior has own art exhibit at Fairchild Garden  Miami Herald

Boy reveals he's going to be a big brother on the same day he's adopted  ABC News

Boy shares foul ball with another young fan at Detroit Tigers game  CBS News


We’re hardwired to delude ourselves  Becoming (my blog)

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain  The Atlantic

When our flame wars, insensitive Facebook comments, and rude texts are catalogued online indefinitely, can we still forgive and forget?  Jstor


This Unconventional Way of Consuming Books Will Transform How You Read  Inc.com

Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say  Washington Post

Why it matters that teens are reading less  The Conversation


The Legendary Language of the Appalachian “Holler” - Is the unique Appalachian dialect the preserved language of Elizabethan England?  Daily Jstor

This is how tiny changes in words you hear impacts your thinking  Fast Company

Why Kentucky’s governor might have mocked the study of French as career preparation  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

What Does It Mean to ‘Sound’ Black?  The Atlantic  

What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? (video)  Aaron Alon  

Learning Useless English Grammar in Japan  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Dropping the N Bomb  Inside Higher Ed

What Is the Origin of ‘the Worm Has Turned’?  The Chronicle of Higher Ed


Top 6 apps for literature enthusiasts  iol

A Critic Who Worships Literature, and Defends His Faith Accordingly (book review)  New York Times

Is it time to update literature’s classics?  Financial Times

How Fiction Fueled Madeleine L’Engle’s Faith  Christianity Today


Mind the gap: Uncovering pay disparity in the newsroom  Asian American Journalists Association

The End of ‘Ladies First’ Restaurant Service  Eater

Transgender students asked Betsy DeVos for help: Here's what happened  Politico


Though trial judge ruled remastered versions enjoy independent copyrightability, appeals court casts doubts on there being enough originality  Hollywood Reporter

Katy Perry, Dr. Luke Facing Copyright Trial Over "Dark Horse" - A Christian hip-hop artist survives the summary judgment round  Hollywood Reporter


A dive into the evangelical celebrities and pastors dominating Hollywood  The Cut

Florida school receiving death threats after turning away 6-year-old with dreadlocks  USA Today

LDS Church issues statement clarifying church's name, style  Daily Herald

Nashville megachurch Criticized over use of exotic animals in sermon  WSMV

Aretha Franklin told her pastor: 'I am going to be all right'  Freep

Kentucky snake-handling preacher is bitten and has to be carried from his church, four years after his pastor father was killed by a rattlesnake  Daily Mail

Satanic temple brings Baphomet demonic goat statue to Arkansas capitol  Newsweek

U.S. missionary thrust to the center of Turkey-U.S. crisis  Reuters

How to tell stories about evangelical Christians that neither mock nor glorify them: The new movie, The Miseducation of Cameron Post  Vox


Pa. Catholic Church sex abuse report names hundreds of priests, accuses leaders of cover-up: 'They hid it all'  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Willow Creek Megachurch paid $3.25M to settle lawsuits over child sex abuse by church volunteer  Chicago Tribune

It’s Really Hard to Be a Catholic’: The Pain of Reading the Sex Abuse Report  New York Times

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era  Associated Press

Clergy Sex Abuse Raises Questions About Financial And Reputational Costs To Churches  NPR

‘‘Wasted our lives’: Catholic sex abuse scandals again prompt a crisis of faith  Washington Post


White Evangelicals’ Continued Support of Trump Feels Surprising: It Shouldn’t  Slate

Trump Admits Only 23 Christian Refugees From Mideast In 2018 (opinion)  Forbes

Controversial law requires Florida public schools to display ‘In God We Trust’  Big Think


How air conditioning created the modern city  The Guardian

Reflections on Text and Language Perception, and the Ramifications for Publishing Workflows Scholarly Kitchen


MIT's music AI can identify instruments and isolate their sounds  Engadet

A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'  Open Culture

When a Music Legend Dies, How Does Today’s Mostly Automated Radio React?  Variety


Hollywood Doesn’t Make Movies Like The Fugitive Anymore  The Atlantic

How Jean-Luc Godard Liberated Cinema (video)  The Discarded Image


Falwell Jr. killed student newspaper articles critical of Trump: report  The Hill

Student Journalism in the Age of Media Distrust  The Atlantic

What I learned from student journalism changed everything  Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

Students around the country join effort to defend free press with editorials  Student Press Law Center


Beautiful and functional resume templates you can download  GirlBoss

What it’s Like to Intern at The New York Times  New York Times


Researchers, Posing as Students, Quizzed Campus Officials About Sexual Assault. How Did They Do?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Central Washington University fires State Rep over alleged inappropriate conduct  Seattle Times

Two Carnegie Mellon computer science professors resign following accusations of "professional harassment" and "sexist management"   Post-Gazette

Student sues professor he says sexually harassed him  Associated Press

Students Walked Out After A Comedian Allegedly Sexually Harassed A Student During A Show At Purdue University




How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs  Vice

How the incentives to create content are biased against low-income readers: Known but not discussed  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


How Your Personality Affects Your Paycheck: A study of earnings data suggests that extroverts are paid more, and "agreeable" men get less  Bloomberg

This chart shows how far behind America is in paid time off compared to the rest of the world  CNBC

A Closer Look at How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Employment  Harvard Business Review 


Here's How America Uses Its Land (graphic)  Bloomberg


US News & World Report ranks the best hospitals in the country  US News & World Report   

Your Chicken’s Salmonella Problem Is Worse Than You Think  Mother Jones

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised (opinion)  The Guardian

Your Neckties May Be Reducing Blood Flow To Your Brain  Medical Daily

Celebrity wellness brands have been overtaken by “medical conspiracy theories” and dangerous recommendations  Recode

Why a patient paid a $285 copay for a $40 drug  PBS

KCRW’s new podcast series meant to demystify women’s health  KCRW

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017  New York Times


Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests  BBC

Why is so much nutrition research kept confidential before publication?  Tufts

Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It  New York Times   


DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor  The Verge


A Deep Dive into the Burrito  Quartz

America’s Best New Restaurants 2018  Bon Appetit


Southwest Airlines announces new rules for emotional support animals  ABC Radio


How to raise a happy kid in the digital age  Washington Post

Opinion: Please Take Away My Kids' Cellphones At School  NPR

Parents need best friends at work the most  Quartz


8 movies that really got science wrong  Stat News

A century on, China still lacks the drive for scientific truth, says outspoken editor South China Morning Post

What do we do with the science of abusive men?  Slate

Wheat’s complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties  Science Mag


How Do Personality Traits Change from Sixteen to Sixty-Six?  Psychology Today

What Can You Do With a Psychology Degree?  US News & World Report

Psychology Researchers Explore How Vaccine Beliefs Are Formed  Voice of America


Can You Rewire Your Brain? Maybe (It’s Tricky. Be Careful)  Undark

These beautiful works of art illustrate the brain’s complexity  Quartz


De Tocqueville and the French exception: The gloomiest of the great liberals worried that democracy might not be compatible with liberty  The Economist

The Rise and Fall of the Great Library of Alexandria: An Animated Introduction  Open Culture

The story of a ship that changed the world  The Endeavour was built to carry coal but became the flagship of the Enlightenment  The Economist


Americans are divided over the use of animals in scientific research  Pew Research

What Does "Ethical" AI Mean for Open Source?  Linux Journal


Why Does Publishing Higher-Ed Research Take So Long?  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why We Need Whistleblowing for Research Integrity Part 2: A Q&A with Brandon Stell of Pubpeer  Wiley

A group of researchers “outline a unified framework for estimating the credibility of published research”  Sage

The Editor and the Author at Fault: A Lesson From Recent Retractions Archives of Iranian Medicine  AIM Journal

Statistically Funny: Clinical Trials - More Blinding, Less Worry!  Statistically Funny

“Predatory” vs trustworthy journals: What do they mean for the integrity of science?  Elsevier

B.C. economist locked in grim battle against deceptive scholarship  Vancouver Sun 


Big donors increasingly want to iron out the details of how colleges will use their gifts instead of leaving the spending decisions up to the institutions  Bloomberg

What’s in Store for Ed Tech? An Annual Report for Leaders Lays It Out  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Half of the Top 10 U.S. Colleges Are in the Same State — and Four Are Public Schools. Here's Why They Rule  TIME

Omarosa’s tell-all book offers views on education secretary and black colleges  Inside Higher Ed 

Sassy or Snide: When University Twitter Banter Gets Mean  Inside Higher Ed

A Program at Kean U. Is Losing Its Accreditation: Many Faculty and Students Have No Idea  Chronicle of Higher Ed  


The University of Akron will phase out 80 degree programs  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Goucher College says it's eliminating programs such as math, physics and religion Inside Higher Ed

Maryland’s Goucher College is eliminating several majors, including math  Washington Post 

Christian University Drops Ban on Same-Sex Student Relationships  Inside Higher Ed

Under Trump and DeVos, Trans Students Face ‘Spiritual Violence’ at Religious Schools  The Daily Beast 

John MacArthur’s The Masters University Has Been Put On Probation by Accreditor: “a disturbing climate of fear, intimidation and bullying” at the university  The Signal 

Liberty University's Online Cybersecurity Degree Gets Endorsement from NSA & Homeland Security   Augusta Free Press 


Many Professors Have to Report Sexual Misconduct. How Should They Tell Their Students That? The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Study: Student Spending On Course Materials Slips  Forbes

Why is macroeconomics so hard to teach?  Lessons from a master of the craft  Economist

Low Pay Has Teachers Flocking to the Sharing Economy  The Atlantic


Have fun at college, freshmen, but read this first  Washington Post  

Best Backpacks for College  Wired 

A mathematician’s tip for college students: How Ross of ‘Friends’ could have moved his couch upstairs in the famous ‘pivot’ scene  Washington Post  

Because every college student wants a mandatory listening device in their dorm room  Engadget

Anti-student agenda at Education Department under DeVos is Trump's most radical move (opinion)  USA Today 

Welcome to college: Don’t forget to vote  Washington Post 

I’m a Doctor and Even I Can’t Afford My Student Loans  New York Times

11 things people told you about college that aren't true  Business Insider 


Professors Are Overworked and Poorly Paid by a Troubled System of Higher Education, Top Hat Survey Finds  Elearning News 

When Academics Defend Colleagues Accused of Harassment  The Atlantic 


We’re hardwired to delude ourselves

When people hear the word bias, many if not most will think of either racial prejudice or news organizations that slant their coverage to favor one political position over another. Present bias, by contrast, is an example of cognitive bias—the collection of faulty ways of thinking that is apparently hardwired into the human brain. 

If I had to single out a particular bias as the most pervasive and damaging, it would probably be confirmation bias. That’s the effect that leads us to look for evidence confirming what we already think or suspect, to view facts and ideas we encounter as further confirmation, and to discount or ignore any piece of evidence that seems to support an alternate view. Confirmation bias shows up most blatantly in our current political divide, where each side seems unable to allow.

Ben Yagoda writing in The Atlantic 

Tiny tweaks in word choice make a difference

In 1973, America watched as then President Richard Nixon vehemently declared on national television, “I am not a crook” in regards to the Watergate scandal.

Not many people believed him.

In fact, as soon as he uttered the word “crook,” most people immediately envisioned a crook.

The major mistake Nixon made was in his framing. By saying the word “crook,” he evoked an image, experience, or knowledge associated with crook in the minds of everyone watching. 

George Lakoff, a professor in cognitive science and linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, makes the point in his book Don’t Think of an Elephant! that when trying to get your point across, refrain from using the other side’s language. Doing so will activate and strengthen their frames and undermine your own views. Instead, successfully arguing a point requires you to establish your own frames and use language that evokes images and ideas that fit the worldview you want.

Think about it this way: Something that has a “95% effective rate” will sell better than something with a “5% failure rate.” It’s all in how you frame it.

Vivian Giange, writing in Fast Company    

Articles of Interest - Week of August 13


Four-Year-Old Girl Throws Dad's Phone into the Sea because he spent too much time on it  Metro 

6 studies on digital news and social media you should know about  Journalists Resources 

Hacker swipes Snapchat's source code, publishes it on GitHub  The Next Web 

How people in countries around the world say LOL  Digg 

Emoji are replacing flags as the most important regional symbol of the digital era  Quartz

Facebook news chief to media: ‘Work with Facebook or die’  BongBong


5 Instagram updates you should know about as a communications professional  Muckrack 

Instagram users are reporting the same bizarre hack  Mashable 


When Bots Teach Themselves to Cheat: The roots of algorithmic impishness  Wired 

The wireless mic systems used by countless schools, churches, theaters, and other venues, are about to become obsolete, all because the Telcom companies muscled in  Wired 

This is Where Augmented Reality Is Headed  Daily Infographic


ProPublica to Expand Local Reporting Network to Focus on State Governments  ProPublica

Facebook puts $4.5 million more into news support with a membership accelerator and News Match cash  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Journalism isn’t dying: But it is changing in ominous ways  Washington Post 

Why We Need More Journalism Courses Taught in Prison  Harvard’s Nieman Reports


Poll: Nearly half of Republicans think Trump should have authority to shutter media outlets   The Hill

In Germany, a news site is pairing up liberals and conservatives and actually getting them to (gasp) have a civil conversation  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

More than 100 newspapers will publish editorials decrying Trump's anti-press rhetoric  Boston Globe 

Retraction of a retraction over report that Fla. candidate is not the college graduate she says she is  Washington Post 

NABJ passes resolution condemning attacks by President Donald Trump and his administration on press freedom  The National Association of Black Journalists


Alex Jones, the First Amendment, and the Digital Public Square  New Yorker

There will always be another Alex Jones  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Surgeon falsely accused of wrongdoing tries to recover his name  CNN

Analysis of fake YouTube views  Flowing Data 

Alex Jones And Online Content Regulation (opinion)  National Coalition Against Censorship

Is PolitiFact biased? This content analysis says no  Poynter ***PRIVACY & SECURITY

Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers  Quartz 

Hacking a brand new mac remotely, right out of the box  Wired 

Smartphone voting is happening, but no one knows if it's safe  Wired

The Internet of Things Needs Food Safety-Style Ratings for Privacy and Security  Motherboard

Police bodycams can be hacked to doctor footage  Wired 

Google tracks your movements, like it or not  Associated Press

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap  New York Times

Millions of Android devices are vulnerable right out of the box  Wired 

Fortnite on Android at risk of malware  The Stack 

Judge: App User Accused In Planning Charlottesville Rally Can't Keep Identity Hidden  NPR


Even anonymous coders leave fingerprints that machine learning can pick up: writing samples, even in artificial languages, contain a unique fingerprint that’s hard to hide  Wired


Self-Control can be Contagious  Becoming (my blog)

Why We Are Never Truly Satisfied  Medium 

Why some people choose to do evil  Aeon

On the benefits of a blue period  Aeon


Avoiding ‘False Titles’: How Some News Publications Try Not to Sound Like Other News Publications  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Slack Copywriting: What They Say to 9.6 Million Pageviews Every Month  Medium


“Untranslatable” words tell us more about English speakers than other cultures  Quzrtz

We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From?  New York Times


When Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Eliot Were Penpals  Daily Jstor

V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad-born British author and Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 85  Penn Live


Make Your Daughter Practice Math: She’ll Thank You Later  New York Times

100 Women Who Changed the World  History Extra

How feminism has made me a better scientist  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science  

Gender studies programs to be banned in Hungary  Hungarian Free Press

Are boys better than Girls at Math  Scientific American


White threat in a browning America (Ezra Klein)  Vox 

The White Nationalists Are Winning  The Atlantic

The Ugly Truth of Being a Black Professor in America  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Is there a free speech “crisis” on campus?  The FIRE 

Do free speech issues on campus only stifle conservatives?  Education Dive


Disney Finds It's Not So Easy to Sue Over Knockoff Characters at Birthday Parties  Hollywood Reporter

ABA Clarifies Rules on Lawyer Advertising (Sort Of)  Law.com


California Police chief helps apprehend his own son in attack on Sikh man  ABC News

Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion  Pew Research

Losing Faith: Why South Carolina is abandoning its churches  The State

John Piper Changed ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness.’ Experts Weigh In  Christianity Today

Southern Baptists posted a video opposing animal cruelty — and then profusely apologized for it  Washington Post


Church charges against Attorney General Sessions are dropped  CNN


How You Can Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles to Help Reunite Separated Families  Mental Floss

Groom (and Coast Guard officer) interrupts his own wedding to save a drowning man  People   

LeBron James Family Foundation's I Promise School opens in Akron  Cleveland.com  

How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy  The Atlantic

Border Collie helps homeless, aimless man become rich: “Before I had Sylar, my life was a mess”  ABC News

The mother of a Waffle House shooting survivor got a wedding dress for the waitress who saved her son  CNN

Man uses his own body to cushion dog's fall from building  The Week

These Twenty-Somethings Got Heart Transplants on the Very Same Day And Then They Fell in Love  Washingtonian


2018 Winning Photographs  iPhone Photography Awards

LA's Awesome History Of Weird, Food-Shaped Restaurants  LAist

Your Friendly Guide to Colors in Data Visualisation  Data Wrapper

Art exhibit slammed for 'promoting communism'  CNN


See Ancient Greek Music Accurately Reconstructed for the First Time  Open Culture


'BlacKkKlansman' Sounds Like It's Made Up But It's A True Story  NPR  

No Shark Film has ever not made money  Atlas

How Westerns captured the American psyche and eventually bit the dust (video)  Aeon

Best science fiction movies of all time, according to critics  Business Insider


The tangled mess of marketing networks is crumbling  The Next Web 

The Local TV Consolidation War is here  Axios


For young people, socialism is now more popular than capitalism  Fast Company


The newly coined Chinese buzzword that refers to awkward millennials  Quzrtz  

Millennials Are Making a Costly Investment Mistake  Bloomberg

How Three New York Times Summer Interns Trusted Their Gut and Made the Front Page  New York Times

The Parkland generation has huge plans for this fall  Axios


An editor’s guide to creating an online portfolio  Poynter

The Washington Post 2019 Summer Internship Program  


Anything to Avoid a Scandal": How Colleges Sideline Sexual Abuse  TruthOut

BethAnn McLaughlin “talks about her experiences with trying to change how the scientific community copes with sexual assault and harassment  The-Scientist

Congressman Accused Of Domestic Abuse By Former Girlfriend  NPR  

Former Ohio State Students Report Decades Of Sexual Misconduct By University Physician  NPR

Journalism professor resigns months after accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior  Daily Northwestern


How to delete all your tweets (or just the worst ones)  Poynter

Record number of forcibly displaced people lived in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017  Pew Research


Rich People More Likely to Lie, Cheat, & Steal  Washington Post 

Children are being euthanized in Belgium (opinion)  Washington Post


Astroturfing: the practice of companies and interest groups disguising themselves as grassroots movements (video)  John Oliver

Fortnite Mania Fuels Epic Growth to $8.5 Billion  Bloomberg

Why Small Teams Win And Bigger Ones Fail  UX planet

WeWork’s Meat Ban Tells Us Who They Are  Bloomberg

Some tips on how to retire your debt before you quit working  Detroit Free Press

How Dollar General took over rural America  The Guardian

For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades  Pew Research

Employer expectations on off-hours email: new study shows adverse health effects on workers and families  Virginia Tech 


Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks If Treated by Female Doctors  The Atlantic

Cancer Patients who use alternative medicine have a greater risk of dying prematurely  Science Daily

Experimental Alzheimer's drug stirs hope after early trials  CNN

It’s easy to become obese in America: These 7 charts explain why  Vox

Why Blue Light Is So Bad: The Science — And Some Solutions  Health

Brain Scans Suggest Women Sustain More Damage heading soccer balls than men  Boston Globe


A New Pacemaker Hack Puts Malware Directly On The Device  Wired

The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes  Nexts Draft


Aurora parents fighting to stop legally adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported   FOX31 Denver

Parents warn it's 'time to put down the Fortnite' in back-to-school parody  Today


Why scientists are infiltrating music festivals  The Week

A Conversation with the Only Scientist in Congress  Scientific American


How Accessible is Psychology Data?  Discover Magazine

Studying Unpopular Ideas in Psychology  Psychology Today


The 2018 Friendliest Cities in the World  CNN

The U.S. Pizza Museum Gives Chicago a Pizza Party Sans Divisiveness  Chicago Eater  


Why We Need Whistleblowing for Research Integrity  Wiley

India cracks down on plagiarism at universities But some researchers say new rules don’t go far enough  Nature

Can automated tools reliably rate research reproducibility?  Nature Index

How to work with your institution’s press office to maximize the reach of your work  Nature

An Excel error sinks a paper Hormones and Behavior  Science Direct

Bruno and Bob going to a predatory conference  The Ice Cream Blog


The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America  CNN

British economists: Sports destroy happiness  Washington Post

Misspelling On Thousands Of Diplomas Goes Unnoticed For 6 Years  CBS Denver  

How a university punished a whistle blower  The Research Whisperer  

These Are the 727 Best Colleges in America (Mount Vernon 432, Azusa 460), MidAmerica 484, PLNU 501, Cal Baptist 639)  TIME 

Court filing: Top Baylor officials ‘concealed reports of serial sexual assault’  KWTX

Unexplained Turnover at Benedictine U  Inside Higher Ed 


Online Learning Is Misunderstood: Here's How  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Why I'm Easy: On Giving Lots of A's  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

3 things to know about the students arriving on campus this month  Education Dive 

Getting Ready for Teaching This Fall  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A professor shares some promising results from sending a personalized message to students who failed her first exam  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Report Shows Drop in Students in Teacher Ed  Inside Higher Ed

How to Escape Grading Jail  Chronicle of Higher Ed


She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated them  Science Mag

Texas backtracks after allowing a professor banned from advising graduate students to teach undergraduates this fall  Inside Higher Ed 

Professor accused of bullying students will stop teaching immediately  The Gazette 

Self-Control can be Contagious

Not only do you tend to hang out with people like yourself, your friends will influence you toward or away from self-control. Even the people you are forced by circumstances to hang out with (like co-workers) have an influence on your behavior. 

That's the finding of researchers who asked participants to watch people either select carrot sticks or cookies to eat before taking tests related to self-control (not involving cookies and carrots). Participants who watched someone eat cookies before the tests did not do as well as those who had watched someone decide to eat carrots. 

In another test, participants were told to think of a friend with good self-control. This group performed better on a handgrip test (used to measure self-control) than did the participants assigned to think about a friend with weak self-control. Other tests showed similar results. 

Their conclusions: If you surround yourself with people who make wise choices, you are more likely to do the same. You can boost your self-control simply by networking with other people who reinforce positive behavior (or vise versa). And when you show a lack of self-control, you are probably influencing someone else to do the same. 

Details of the study were published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

Stephen Goforth

anger in relationships

No one in a relationship problem is ever totally innocent or totally guilty. With this belief, people can always keep the door open to their own faults without engaging in excessive, guilt-provoking self-incrimination. Holding back anger for even a short time and engaging in self-analysis in private has the effect of tempering the expression of anger. Confession altars our goals from changing others to changing the relationship.

Gary Collins, Counseling and Anger

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What Counts as a Video View on Social Media?  Ad Week 


The State Of Election Security Ahead Of Midterms  NPR

Inside Russia's invasion of the U.S. electric grid  Axios 


A zine about how to start a podcast  Alex Laughin Blog 

Annemarie Dooling on what she learned while transforming Vox’s newsletter strategy  Really Good Emails

10 ways to craft compelling Snapchat and Instagram Stories  PR Daily


Yahoo Finance launching live video streaming network this year  Axios

After Reportedly Losing $120 Million Last Year, Condé Nast Will Sell 3 of Its Titles  Ad Week


Trust in mainstream American newspapers has grown, even among conservatives  Economist 

Terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists receive 357% more U.S. press coverage than those committed by non-Muslims  The Guardian 

What Journalists Can Learn from Organizers: A Guide  Free Press 

Should you major in journalism? Here are stories from eight working journalists who didn’t  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

When Public Records Aren’t Public  ProPublica 

Google, working with news orgs like ProPublica, will return more datasets in search results Harvard’s Nieman Lab


Newsroom employment dropped nearly a quarter in less than 10 years  Pew Research Center

The investigations and reporting of BuzzFeed News — *not* BuzzFeed — are now at their own BuzzFeedNews.com  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


It's Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters  BuzzFeed News

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QAnon: The Conspiracy Theorist Group That Appears At Trump Rallies  NPR


Alex Jones faces existential courtroom battle over limits of fake news  My Stateman

Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets  FiveThirtyEight 

A report on the fundamental paradox of reporting on the so-called “alt-right”: Doing so without amplifying that ideology is extremely difficult, if not downright impossible  Data Society

Snopes fired its managing editor — and she doesn't know why  Poynter  

Here's how the U.K. plans to tackle fake news  Poynter

The ACLU On Facebook's Fake Page Removals  NPR

Why Do We Share Fake News?  Illusion of More 

Fighting fake news is a losing battle, but there are other ways to win the war  Monday Note

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Listening isn't reading, but audiobooks still resonate  Wired

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Using artificial intelligence to fix Wikipedia's gender problem  Wired

Nationwide, male doctors get paid $100,000 more than female doctors  Vox


Even black robots are impacted by racism  Fast Company

Was It Racist for a Judge to Dismiss a Copyright Lawsuit Targeting Fox's 'Empire'?  Hollywood Reporter


Federal judge ruled: Michigan's Bias Response Team does not present a threat to students' rights to free speech  M-live

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Study finds almost no increase in diversity in popular films over the last decade  Mashable

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Diocese names 71 accused of child sex abuse, blames bishops  Associated Press


Chinese professor forced off live TV by police  CNN


One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe  Vox

Americans are now spending 11 hours each day consuming media  Quartz

How companies make millions charging prisoners to send an email  Wired

Police kill about 3 men per day in the US, according to new study  The Conversation

The Outsize Hold of the Word ‘Welfare’ on the Public Imagination  New York Times


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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Teenagers’ Climate Lawsuit  Bloomberg

That’s Not Algae Swirling on the Beach. Those Are Green Worms (and no one knows why)  New York Times


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An Appalachian odyssey: Hunting for ALS genes along a sprawling family tree  Stat News


The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America  New York Times


The most relaxing vacation you can take is going nowhere at all  Quartz


What Would Happen If the Earth Turned Into Blueberries? Thanks to a New Paper, Now We Know  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Value of Criticism in science Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science Andrew Gelman Blog

Beyond #FakeScience: how to overcome shallow certainty in scholarly communication  London School of Economics and Political Science

Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage  New York Times

Can Science Save Politics? Or Will Politics Ruin Science?  FiveThirtyEight


There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies  Behavioral Scientist

Psychology's New Normal? Data Badges  Center for Open Science

Cognitive Biases and the Human Brain  The Atlantic

Mental health: depression and anxiety in young mothers is up by 50% in a generation  The Conversation


How the brain transforms vision into action  Stat News

How Indirect Violence Gets Under a Child’s Skin — and Into the Brain Even if a youngster does not witness a violent crime or know the victim  Undark


10 Things That Steal Our Motivation—and How to Get It Back  Shine

Knowing when to quit a project  Journalists.org

For maximum recharge, take a Wednesday off  Quartz

The 25 Best Productivity Apps in 2018  Zapier


These Professors Don’t Work for a Predatory Publisher. It Keeps Claiming They Do  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Should I be proud of my h index?  Eco-Evo Evo-Eco

Little White Lies in Healthcare Publishing  Scholarly Kitchen  

Retraction Watch leaderboard: it now takes 38 retractions to get into the top 10  Retraction Watch

What is the value of the peer‐reviewing system? (opinion)  Wiley Online Library


Over 11 million US adults live in an education desert  Flowing Data

What do top colleges have against transfer students? (opinion)  Washington Post

Malcolm Gladwell: Rich Americans contribute too much money on 'meaningless education'   CNBC

Ethical questions from the use of big data for student success  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Baylor reform group calls on regents to resign  KWTX

Christian student group sues U of Iowa, incites debate on religious freedom  Inside Higher Ed

Catholic College sued for defrauding Sodexo of $1.35 million  JC Online


How New Classrooms Can Help Professors Think More Deeply About Teaching  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

New Trigger Warnings Study Confirms Potential Harm to Students  National Coalition Against Censorship 

How New Classrooms Can Help Professors Think More Deeply About Teaching  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Poynter, Koch Foundation expand impact in year two of program for college journalists  Poynter

Five tips for reporting on hiring searches for administrators  Student Press Law Center 


'Google-it' mentality leaves school leavers unprepared for university, survey finds  Telegraph

Poll: young Americans are looking for young leaders - and are pessimistic about the current state of politics  Associated Press 

The Gaping Divide Over Student Debt (opinion)  New Republic 

Denialism and Science

Denialism, and related phenomena, are often portrayed as a “war on science”. This is an understandable but profound misunderstanding. Certainly, denialism and other forms of pseudo-scholarship do not follow mainstream scientific methodologies. Denialism does indeed represent a perversion of the scholarly method, and the science it produces rests on profoundly erroneous assumptions, but denialism does all this in the name of science and scholarship. Denialism aims to replace one kind of science with another – it does not aim to replace science itself. In fact, denialism constitutes a tribute to the prestige of science and scholarship in the modern world. Denialists are desperate for the public validation that science affords.

While denialism has sometimes been seen as part of a post-modern assault on truth, the denialist is just as invested in notions of scientific objectivity as the most unreconstructed positivist. Even those who are genuinely committed to alternatives to western rationality and science can wield denialist rhetoric that apes precisely the kind of scientism they despise. Anti-vaxxers, for example, sometimes seem to want to have their cake and eat it: to have their critique of western medicine validated by western medicine.

The rhetoric of denialism and its critics can resemble each other in a kind of war to the death over who gets to wear the mantle of science. The term “junk science” has been applied to climate change denialism, as well as in defence of it. Mainstream science can also be dogmatic and blind to its own limitations. If the accusation that global warming is an example of politicised ideology masked as science is met with indignant assertions of the absolute objectivity of “real” science, there is a risk of blinding oneself to uncomfortable questions regarding the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which the idea of pure truth, untrammelled by human interests, is elusive. Human interests can rarely if ever be separated from the ways we observe the world.  

I do not believe that, if only one could find the key to “make them understand”, denialists would think just like me. If denialists were to stop denying, we cannot assume that we would then have a shared moral foundation on which we could make progress as a species.

Keith Kahn-Harris, Denial: The Unspeakable Truth