Laura Finch

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

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Facebook filters can trip up candidates

Politics | Social media struggles to find a balance after the last election’s online debacles
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/09/18, 03:55 pm

Elizabeth Heng, the Republican nominee for 12th Congressional District in California, is sure that Facebook rejected her advertising dollars last week in an attempt to censor her political views. The social media company said it was just following policy with the decision, which it later reversed. But the controversy that erupted demonstrated the public’s increasing concern over the power Facebook has to affect politics and public discourse.

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Netflix

Playing to families

Culture | Netflix says it’s developing more family-friendly content after recent shows hit a nerve
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/03/18, 03:54 pm

After angering some pro-family audiences with recent programming, Netflix this week promised to release more shows that appeal to families and people of faith.

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Netflix

Anne with an agenda

Television | Anne with an E hijacks a children’s classic as a vehicle for liberal values and 21st-century activism
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/02/18, 11:38 am

Let’s get one thing straight: Extrapolating on and even profiting from a classic isn’t new. It isn’t even necessarily a bad thing. Michael Landon did it with Little House on the Prairie, and he’s practically a national hero.

Neither is including a gay character in a historical drama: Downton Abbey did it with the nuanced character of Thomas Barrow, and in the end, we were all rooting for him to rejoin the downstairs staff.

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