Laura Finch

Laura is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course.


Big data business

Documentary | The Great Hack delves into the data-sharing scandal between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/01/19, 03:18 pm

It must be hard to make a documentary about a topic the rest of the media has already covered ad nauseam.

Last year, Congress questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others about whether the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had misused 87 million Facebook users’ data during the 2016 election. The Great Hack further explores the dealings of this now-defunct consulting firm, focusing on a former employee and an American who tried to sue the company for his own data.

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Offenders and victims

Television | A project for moving in the direction of healing
by Laura Finch
Posted 6/13/19, 03:42 pm

A new Sunday night docuseries on CNN provides a look at something rarely seen in the justice system: moderated dialogues between victims and offenders through a system often known as restorative justice.

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Maisel, take two

Television | Second season of award-winning series surpasses the first
by Laura Finch
Posted 12/27/18, 09:34 am

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, streaming on Amazon Prime, constantly teeters on turning quite cynical—but never does. And considering the setting—a housewife breaking into the New York comedy scene (and show business) in the 1950s—that’s pretty impressive. 

Season 1 mused on whether it would be possible for Miriam Maisel’s marriage to survive her comedic career. The big questions season 2 asks: Does success in show business require total independence? Must one be all alone to make truly great art?

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