Citizen Commission:   The Press,  Media, Journalism  and Social Media

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Starting August  2021

 "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

First Amendment 

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first of 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

“There was a reason freedom of speech and freedom of the press were placed first among our essential rights. Our founders understood that the free exchange of ideas and the ability to hold power to account were prerequisites for a successful democracy. But a dangerous confluence of forces is threatening the press’s central role in helping people understand and engage with the world around them.”

A. G. Sulzberger  Jan. 1, 2018 NY Times A Note From Our New Publisher

"Why didn’t we see this coming sooner? And once we did, why didn’t we sound the alarm with more vigor?


News Outlets 


Social Media 

  • Twitter

  • YouTube

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Reddit 

  • Podcasts


  • Public Health

  • Academy 

  • Economics

  • Medical

  • Political

  • Media

  • Citizens 

  • Other 

Vincent Racaniello  Regular podcast focusing on Microbes 


Coronavirus: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) 13,875,528 views. Mar 1, 2020

Coronavirus experts present sobering data about projected US deaths 1,070,679 views. Mar 31, 2020


Part 1: Entire CNN coronavirus town hall (July 09)

Part 2  Part 3

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta examine the lessons America learned in the wake of a sobering 3 million cases of the deadly coronavirus. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield addresses what these insights mean as the nation looks to reopen its schools in the fall.

Source: CNN

Live COVID-19 Question / Answer with Dr. Seheult - June 7, 2020


Mid-Week Musings from the Trenches, June 11, 2020:

Harris Cohen, M.D.

March 27, 2020

How to make information matter 


Instagram Jessica Yellin 
Providing News Not Noise #NewsNotNoise Author Savage News (April, 2019). Fmr CNN Chief White House Corresp. 

On Instagram, Jessica Yellin wants to give news straight

Danielle Berrin July 30, 2020 

Instagram is transforming: What was once a place to share frivolous pics has become a hub for information and advocacy.

  • Text, infographics and newsy illustrations are exploding on the app, Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer report.

Why it matters: The pandemic and racial justice movement brought purpose and focus to its millions of users, supercharging the urgency to get educated and share useful information.

  • The pandemic put an end to all the fun that users typically posted, while also creating a pressing need for reliable health information.

The big picture: The information ecosystems on Twitter and Facebook are well entrenched, leaving many people — particularly the younger-skewing Instagram crowd — to seek a new space.

  • Then in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it was primed not just for information, but activism.

"Instagram felt like a place for a clean, fresh start," Mosheh Oinounou, a digital consultant and former TV news producer, tells Axios.

  • Oinounou, who has created an informational Instagram, said people are turning to Instagram Stories for "charts, infographics, quotes and headlines because they feel overwhelmed by the news."

Accounts that have leaned into this trend have seen growth skyrocket:

Big publishers are also benefiting:

  • @ProPublica, which had already been posting text-centric information, saw 70% follower growth in the last 6 months, almost all coming since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March, according to CrowdTangle data.

  • Refinery29 (2.4 million followers) went from 41% text-based info-posts in January to 72% in July, according to an Axios analysis. Business Insider (2.3 million) went from 5% to 48%.

Between the lines: A key shift in how information on Instagram spreads came in mid-2018, when the app allowed users to share posts from the feed to their Stories, unlocking a 1-to-many share mechanism that allowed posts to get massive audiences.

  • Instagram doesn't have a traditional share button to drive virality.

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Sharon Sanders  blog, FluTrackers, announced an outbreak of an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases, caused by

a mysterious virus December 31,2019.

Washington Post article 


The Prepared is more like a curated wiki than a blog. Coronavirus 


EndCoronavirus is an international volunteer coalition that develops and promotes community-based solutions for policy-makers, businesses and individuals. Our guidelines and recommendations are based on research established by scientists from the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), Harvard, UCLA, MIT and other leading institutions.


JULY 31, 2020

Drs. Fauci, Redfield & Others Testify on National Strategy to Combat COVID-19

House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Select Coronavirus Crisis

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Committee members asked the witnesses about the U.S. response to the pandemic and what the national strategy was moving forward. Witnesses talked about why the U.S. was experiencing more new infections than European and Asian countries and how mitigation measures and testing played a role in the discrepancies between the U.S. and most other developed nations. 






Aspen Digital empowers policy-makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A program of the Aspen Institute, we shine a light on urgent global issues across the information ecosystem, cybersecurity, tech policy, emerging technology, urban innovation, and the industry talent pipeline. We then turn ideas to action and develop human solutions to these digital challenges.