Which articles get the most mean online comments, and how journalists cope

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Guests: Becky Gardiner, Danielle Keats Citron and Sarah Baicker

It’s not easy being a journalist who writes about feminism, or the Israel-Palestine conflict. Especially if you’re a woman. New data from the British publication The Guardian looks at which topics receive the most controversial comments from readers. The publication’s analysis of 70 million of its own reader comments offers insight into which topics, and which kinds of journalists, receive the most offensive feedback. To shield their journalists and readers from the most offensive feedback, some publications have stop allowing reader comments or put up filters to screen them. We’ll discuss The Guardian project with BECKY GARDINER, the paper’s former comment editor who worked on the recent project. To get a larger perspective we’ll be joined by University of Maryland law professor DANIELLE KEATS CITRON, the author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. And we’ll hear first-hand how one reporter deals with the criticism, from SARAH BAICKER, the co-host of the Comcast Network’s morning sports talk tv show.

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