Stories about Language

May 14, 2018

WordFrames: Taking Sides on Rohingya ‘Insurgents’ or ‘Terrorists’

In this WordFrames post, we explore the tricky and complicated media conversations around "insurgents" and "terrorists" in reference to the Rohingya, specifically members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, from Myanmar.

March 6, 2018

WordFrames: Are ‘Teens’ Getting a Bad Rap?

What do you think when you hear the word "teen"? For many people, teens are a complete mystery. We explore English-language media conversations around teens, adolescents, and youth in this post.

September 22, 2017

Framespotting with Talk Decoded

How does the way we frame news intersect with the world of politics? To learn more, we talked to the team behind Talk Decoded, a blog about the power of language in politics.

September 21, 2017

Culture Shot No. 1: Culture

Culture Shots will look at how different communities, countries and languages report on culture as a bridge into—or way of looking at—similarities and difference in different communities’ ways of looking at the worlds. It seemed fitting to make our first “shot” about the word culture—or cultural—itself.

February 1, 2017

Fake, Fraud, False, Fabricated: Finding the Vocabulary for Truth in News

Dwelling on "fake news" can raise questions about the overall limitations of fact-driven reporting, but we see it as an opportunity as well.