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The news industry is broken, laments journalist Lara Setrakian. Complex issues that threaten the very existence of humankind rarely receive media coverage, and when they do, those stories barely scratch the surface. Setrakian offers three solutions to repair the damage. getAbstract appreciates her astute insider analysis of the fourth estate.

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Lara Setrakian is the co-founder and CEO of News Deeply, a news platform that investigates complex issues.



When news reporter Lara Setrakian landed her dream job as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East for ABC News, she soon realized that stories about the Iraq War seldom made it on air. Of the stories the news stations reported, 80% focused on the United States rather than on the war’s effects on Iraq and its people. Involvement in Afghanistan, the longest military effort in US history, garnered under 1% of news stories in 2008. The lack of coverage of the Middle East and Afghanistan is indicative of an even greater problem. “Species-level issues” that threaten the continued existence of humans on this planet, such as health crises and climate change, don’t attract news coverage. When complex issues get disregarded, they become harder to understand and solve. The...

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