While reading a research paper on attitudes towards climate change in California during the 2012 to 2016 drought period, I can’t help but find myself struck by how the perception of the media is so conflicting across various communities – and how I, a patron of many different communities, find myself in the unspoken valley that lies at the foot of their rivaling precipices.
Efficiency and evidence are at the heart of a journalist’s work. In a world where we’re bombarded with news blaring from our speakers and leaping off our screens, a journalist is entangled in a near-constant tug-o-war for the consumer’s attention.
When asked if his stance on recreational cannabis had changed during a town hall in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, former vice president Joe Biden said he wouldn’t legalize it nationally until there was more evidence cannabis isn’t a “gateway drug.” Okay, boomer.
Yet, recent research shows that cannabis use is associated with a decrease in the use of opioids, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control says, “The majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.”
Joss Fong, a senior producer and one of the founding members of Vox’s video production team, made a name for herself as a science journalist through the company’s YouTube channel.
Fong and I recently spoke over the phone in regards to her experiences as a journalist, topics she plans on covering before this decade draws to a close, as well as Vox’s Netflix series that premiered last May.