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It’s funny because it’s true: Fact-based comedy can affect audiences

Toxic Comedy, a collaborative effort from Center for Investigative Reporting and WFMU, an independent radio station in New Jersey, combined live stand-up comedy events with investigative reporting about environmental contamination. A full report on the project’s impact is forthcoming, but early survey results from audience members indicate that comedy can, in fact, be an effective vehicle for investigative journalism.

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