Editor's note

In the 20th century, African-American newspapers helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement, with weeklies like the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Courier reaching millions and covering stories that the mainstream media largely ignored.

Today readership is down. At a moment in history when a number of issues facing black communities sound depressingly familiar, USC Annenberg’s Bill Celis wonders who – and what – will be able to preserve and advance the legacy of the black press.

And with Black History Month wrapping up, you can check out the rest of our coverage.

Nick Lehr

Editor, Arts and Culture

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Workers operate the Chicago Defender’s printing press in 1941. Wikimedia Commons

Can the black press stay relevant?

Bill Celis, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

From the treatment of black World War II veterans to Emmett Till's murder, the black press helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. What role can it play today?

Environment + Energy

  • Why farmers and ranchers think the EPA Clean Water Rule goes too far

    Reagan Waskom, Colorado State University; David J. Cooper, Colorado State University

    The Trump administration is preparing to roll back the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which identifies waters that are federally protected. Two water experts explain why the rule alarms farmers and ranchers.

Politics + Society

Forty years of regulation have diminished such publicly convincing evidence of severe pollution that led to EPA regulation in the first place.

Walter Rosenbaum

University of Florida

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Walter Rosenbaum

Economy + Business

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