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Journalism’s reputation is under attack. A skeptical public views the fourth estate as biased, sensationalist and fake. Yet many members of the press are committed to careful research, reporting truth and performing their public duty. One such journalist, Eve Pearlman, co-developed “dialogue journalism,” a project that brings together Americans from opposite ends of the political spectrum to communicate with one another with nuance, curiosity and respect. Pearlman’s idea attempts to bridge the political abyss and provides hope for democracy.

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Journalist Eve Pearlman co-founded Spaceship Media, which aims to support meaningful civic dialogue and alleviate polarization.



“Dialogue journalism” bridges the abyss between people on opposing sides of polarizing issues.

When public discord blistered in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election, journalists Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay sought a way to facilitate fact-based discussions among people who disagree on important issues. They wanted to deploy the tools of good journalism – “careful vetting of information, diligent research, curiosity, a commitment to serving the public good” – to bridge the divide.

Recognizing that people often vilify those on the opposing side of the political spectrum and acknowledging that each group consumes information from “distinct news ecosystems,” Pearlman’s goal was to provide factual information and a dedicated space to help get the conversation started. She and Hay ...

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