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Journalism matters, science concludes

The president may be fond of complaining about "fake" news, but the truth is that journalism drives the national conversation, and science has proven it.

A new study published Thursday in the journal Science demonstrates that even small news outlets can have a substantial impact on the issues Americans talk about and when they talk about them. That's especially true when these news outlets work together.

"Journalists have a job that affects American democracy," said study leader Gary King, director of Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. "People talk about this a lot, but now we actually have evidence

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