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2016 race in North Carolina remains ‘razor thin’

October 3, 2016   |  Fox News: "Happening Now"

Politics professor John Dinan joined Fox News for a live interview on the national program to discuss North Carolina’s status as a battleground state.

“The feeling is it seems as razor thin as the polls are showing and that’s not be surprising because North Carolina has been razor thin in the last two presidential elections,” he said. “In fact, you cold make the argument that North Carolina has been as evenly balanced in the 2008 and 2012 elections as any other state in the country. This year, it’s not a surprise that both candidates are visiting frequently.”

The growing case for shared parenting after divorce

October 3, 2016   |  TIME

The divorce filing by actress Angelina Jolie from actor Brad Pitt is reigniting a debate over what’s best for kids after divorce. For decades, there was a widely held belief they should have one home with the primary caretaker, often the mother. But that status quo is changing. These claims are supported by reams of data, but the reasoning behind them is mostly commonsense: when it comes to parenting, two minds are better than one.

“One might be better for a particular age or a particular kid or a certain type of problem,” explains Linda Nielsen, a psychology professor, who has studied custody arrangements. Dads, for example, are more likely to engage kids in physical play, which helps kids learn how to handle their bodies (no hitting!) and their emotions on and off the field.

Police videos fail to quiet protests in Charlotte

October 3, 2016   |  Wall Street Journal

Kami Chavis, a former assistant U.S. attorney who directs the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest School of Law, said she hopes the recent protests in Charlotte and other cities will prompt new police training programs and, potentially, far less frequent use of lethal force.

“We’re going to see more public outcry until we have a cultural shift in the tactics that some law enforcement agencies use,” she said.

Chavis was quoted about the same topic in the New York Times, NASDAQ, and theMorningStar, and the American Constitution Society.

Media Report for Sept. 24-30

October 3, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 24-30 is now available online.

Palmer's place? Just about anywhere he liked

September 26, 2016   |  The Associated Press

Arnold Palmer’s western Pennsylvania roots ran deep. While his hometown of Latrobe helped the golf great bring a blue-collar charisma to a gentleman’s game, it hardly limited him. The man credited with bringing his sport to the masses had no problem serving as its unofficial ambassador as well.

Augusta, Georgia. Orlando, Florida. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. La Quinta, California. Troon, Scotland. Any 19th hole that serves a blend of lemonade and iced tea (Palmer’s own creation) following a round. The top ranking officer in “Arnie’s Army” made his presence felt worldwide. And golf was all the better for it.

Palmer’s death in Pittsburgh on Sunday at 87 left a void that will be impossible to fill. It’s only fitting that tributes poured in from all over the globe considering Palmer’s pivotal role in taking golf to places it has never been. His rise to fame in the late 1950s coincided with the advent of televised sports, giving golf a handsome face (and a brash, remarkable talent) to beam into living rooms worldwide.

“No alumnus ever has had a bigger impact on Wake Forest University as an ambassador, role model, benefactor and friend than Arnold Palmer,” Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch said on the school’s web site.

The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, The Washington Post, Golf.com, Golf Channel, NBC News,USA Today, Time, CBS Sports, New York Daily News, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian,Reuters, Business Insider, Daily Mail, US Weekly, Newsday, Rolling Stone, ABC News, andLos Angeles Times.

Should debate moderators fact-check?

September 26, 2016   |  U.S. News & World Report

The role of debate moderators has become a subject of debate in its own right during the 2016 presidential election. Earlier this month, “Today” show host Matt Lauer came under fire when he moderated NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum and failed to call out Republican nominee Donald Trump for repeating his false claim that he had opposed the Iraq War. Lauer’s critically-panned performance subsequently led to discussion about whether or not moderators should fact-check the candidates during the official presidential debates.

Communication professor Allan Louden was included in a roundup of experts on the topic. He has worked on political campaigns as a consultant and is a frequent commentator for TV and newspapers during election cycles.

“I argue that what becomes the debate’s defining moment should be determined by the players, not the referee. Should correction be needed, that is the opponent’s responsibility,” he said. “Following the debate, the media can fact check and construct contexts until the cows come home, but not during the event.”

Does video of Keith Scott bring new facts to light?

September 26, 2016   |  MSNBC

Law professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, joined MSNBC for a live interview to discuss the video of Keith Lamont Scott released by his family in Charlotte.

“The point, and it’s relevant, is if there was a presence of a weapon … North Carolina is an open carry state. Lots of people have guns who may have them on their person or in the car and that does not give officers license to kill those people,” she said. “You would still have to, under the legal standard, determine whether or not an officer acted reasonably.”

What we know about the details of the police shooting in Charlotte

September 26, 2016   |  The New York Times

The fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday afternoon has sparked outrage and concern, and set off, once again, a national conversation about the treatment of minorities by the police. The details of the case have also been a source of intense debate. Here are some questions that readers have asked reporters at The New York Times since Mr. Scott’s death.

Media Report for Sept. 19-23

September 26, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 19-23 is now available online.

Wake Forest, other N.C. schools make magazine’s list of best colleges in U.S.

September 19, 2016   |  U.S. News & World Report

Wake Forest kept its position among the top 30 national universities in the U.S. News and World Reports’ annual Best College rankings, ranked at 27.  Wake Forest also ranked 5thamong national universities for commitment to undergraduate teaching.

WFU’s ranking for 2017 was unchanged from last year, and it marks the 21st consecutive year that the magazine ranked the school in the top 30 in its national universities category.

“We are pleased at this recognition of the exceptional education Wake Forest provides,” President Nathan Hatch said. “We have an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars committed to engaging their students, not as passive learners in the classroom, but as active, problem-solving thinkers.”

The Winston-Salem Journal, CBS, MarketWatch, Triangle Business Journal, and TimeWarner Cable News also covered this story.

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