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Some of the extraordinary investigations and features from college and high school journalists over the past few months suggest that the future of journalism is in safe hands.

The latest: Student journalists from Lexington, Ky., took to their paper's editorial page over the weekend to report about being shunned from a Betsy Devos education roundtable the was marketed as "open press," The Washington Post reports.

Over the past two years, several examples of outstanding student journalism have made national headlines:

  • Students from the University of Chicago's independent paper The Chicago Maroon broke a story last month about a University Administrator allegedly favoring donors’ children for internship funding over students in need.
  • Students at Brown University uncovered a scandal in February. Breaking the news via their local paper, The Providence Journal, the students exposed exclusive dinners hosted by trustee emeritus and major donors that favored students that came from rich or elite families.
  • Students from Burlington High School in Vermont last year posted a story to their school newspaper website about a school employee facing state charges for unprofessional conduct. The papers' editors were asked by the school principal to remove the article when it was getting pickup online. They wrote about the request to censor their article, which forced the school to change its media policies.

Go deeper: A Trump effect at journalism schools? Colleges see a surge in admissions via The Washington Post.

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Voters in Wisconsin, Michigan urged to return absentee ballots to drop boxes

Signs for Joe Biden are seen outside a home in Coon Valle, Wisconsin, on Oct. 3. Photo by KEREM YUCEL via Getty

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Driving the news: The Supreme Court rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. In Michigan, absentee ballots must also be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.

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Facebook warned Tuesday that bad actors are increasingly taking to social media to create the false perception that they’ve pulled off major hacks of electoral systems or have otherwise seriously disrupted elections.

Why it matters: "Perception hacking," as Facebook calls it, can have dire consequences on people's faith in democracy, sowing distrust, division and confusion among the voters it targets.

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Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on President Trump while campaigning for Joe Biden in Orlando on Tuesday, criticizing Trump for complaining about the pandemic as cases soar and joking that he's "jealous of COVID's media coverage."

Driving the news: Trump has baselessly accused the news media of only focusing on covering the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed over 226,000 Americans so far and is surging across the country once again — as a way to deter people from voting on Election Day and distract from other issues.