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We spend hours every day consuming the news – but rarely peer behind the curtain at how the news is made. The media is constantly transforming, adapting to a world where information moves ever faster. New ways of reporting emerge while others disappear. The line between journalism, social media, and citizen activism blurs. In all of this, it’s easy to feel disoriented about where the news industry is going.

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The Leading Question is a new project by Internews, a nonprofit that supports independent media in 100 countries. Each month, we will take a big question about the state of today’s media and connect you to the people who are shaping the answer. From the work of local journalists in Ukraine to how online rumors determine the outcomes of elections, we will provide expert insight on the most pressing issues affecting the media today.

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Check Out Previous Editions of The Leading Question

May 2023
World Press Freedom Day Issue

For May’s issue of The Leading Question, we cover the biggest challenges and opportunities for independent journalism.

April 2023
How can we respond to the urgent threats faced by independent media?

For April’s issue of The Leading Question, we cover our groundbreaking URGENT report.

April 2023 (Special Issue)
How did last week’s Summit for Democracy push the issue of press freedom?

For April 2023’s special issue of The Leading Question, we recap the 2023 Summit for Democracy.

March 2023
How can we combat online violence against women?

For March 2023’s issue of The Leading Question, we ask what can be done about online gender-based violence against women.

February 2023
How is disinformation affecting the elections in Nigeria?

For February 2023’s issue of The Leading Question, we ask what role disinformation played in Nigeria’s pivotal elections.

January 2023
What did COVID misinformation teach us about the next pandemic?

For January 2023’s issue of The Leading Question, we explore lessons we can draw from the pandemic to inform the media response to the next one.

November 2022
Women are underrepresented in the news. How much does that cost?

For November 2022’s issue of The Leading Question, we examine the harsh realities facing women of all colors in news leadership & coverage.

October 2022
What’s it like to be a journalist in Ukraine?

For October 2022’s issue of The Leading Question, we sat down with Ukrainian journalists to talk about the war’s impact on local journalists’ lives.