Research from Duke University provides comprehensive new evidence of the magnitude of the problem of “news deserts”– communities where news and information about critical local issues is nonexistent or severely limited. The researchers analyzed more than 16,000 news stories, gathered over seven days, across 100 U.S. communities not situated in major media markets. They found 20 communities where local news outlets contained not a single local news story.
The Duke Reporters’ Lab is joining McClatchy Carolinas and the UNC Reese News Lab in an ambitious project to expand non-partisan fact-checking throughout North Carolina.
“Lobster War,” a forthcoming documentary film that offers a window into a long-running territorial dispute between the United States and Canada, features a Sanford scholar who has taught a course using the dispute as a case study. Both countries have claimed ownership of Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine for more than 200 years.The island was declared U.S. territory after the Revolutionary War, but after maintaining a lighthouse on the island for almost a century, Canada has a substantial claim, too. The confusion extends to the 277 miles of water surrounding the island, an area fishermen call “the gray zone.”
About 250 Duke alumni, faculty and friends gathered Wednesday for the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the Capitol Visitors Center. Guest speaker Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, discussed current issues in politics and media with Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, professor in the Sanford School and director of POLIS, the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service.
The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and global anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam America have agreed to a five-year partnership focused on collaborations in research, professional development, guest lectures and events.
Two of three new members who joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1 are public policy alumni.
Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s senior associate dean since 2014 and a member of the faculty since 2002, officially steps into the school’s top leadership role on July 1. The new appointments to the Sanford leadership team will begin their new positions at the same time.
The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people. For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways to close that gap for nearly 50 million orphans in Africa. With a new, five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the team led by professor Kathryn Whetten is testing how to help orphans in the Bungoma, Kenya, region.
Ashley Claw's parents and grandparents grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Ashley remembers visiting Duke for the first time as a part of a program designed to introduce native students to Duke. "I was thinking this school is way beyond what I thought I could ever achieve," Ashley remembers. But she found success at Duke. She majored in public policy and was instrumental in growing Duke's Native American Student Alliance.
Sanford Alum '09 Jin Soo Huh talks about his unfolding career path in Education.
Joshua Bond, an experienced higher education development professional, will join the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy as associate dean for development and alumni relations, incoming Dean Judith Kelley announced today.
The wealth gap between households of seniors and those with children has ballooned since 1989, a new study finds. Also, wealth is now spread very differently within each group: The gap between the richest and poorest seniors has remained stable, but a vast economic divide now exists among families with children.