Laura Finch

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

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Same old tune

Television | NBC’s Perfect Harmony relies on tired stereotypes about rural America
by Laura Finch
Posted 10/10/19, 10:51 am

In movies and TV, one story premise seems used more often than most others: A new director takes over a music program, a football program, a literature department, etc. The latest example is NBC’s Perfect Harmony, a Thursday night comedy about a struggling church choir.

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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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