Media and higher education do not inhabit two solitudes. As underscored in this issue, media and academia co-exist, albeit somewhat uncomfortably. They are both public educators: analyzing, interpreting, and broadcasting ideas about the world.
They part company, however, over how that is done. Mainstream media reject intricacy, conveying “certainty” and easily digestible depictions of events and ideas. Sound bites and two-line quotes are what’s required now for mainstream media news coverage.
Complexity and nuance characterize most academic research. When engaging