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Today marks the beginning of a student journalism project that investigates the role American newspapers played in promoting lynchings and other racist violence from Reconstruction through the 1960s. 

Axios Re:Cap talks with Washington Post writer and associate professor of journalism at the University of Maryland DeNeen Brown on working with the students and her reporting on the 1921 Tulsa massacre that inspired the project.

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Ethnic media outlets sprout up in U.S. "news deserts"

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Data: Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY; Note: Partial list based on CUNY's State of Latino News Media report (2019) and State of Black Media report (2020). Map: Sara Wise/Axios

Ethnic news outlets have been filling a void in local news, and serving up coverage that seeks to rectify journalistic bias in story selection and how news is framed.

Why it matters: The spread of "news deserts" — areas where local newspapers have folded and communities have no coverage — has endangered the critical role the press plays in disseminating accurate news and empowering the public in a democracy.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.