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The end of obesity, sort of

On the heels of a White House media blitz, two contrasting press releases reveal a misleading story

Last week's health headlines were punctuated by a conveniently timed bit of news: On the heels of the White House's... More

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To revitalize journalism, give it away

That’s the approach of Mosaic, a new science site that’s affixing a Creative Commons license to its longform

For the last few months, word of British digital science journalism upstart Mosaic has been circulating quietly, as a roster... More

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And from the left…Fox News

There’s more to Fox News’ strategy of hiring liberals than creating a public boxing match

On a Friday night in January, Bill Maher made an off-kilter joke about mass shootings. By the following Monday,... More

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Equal ground

Can data transform the way we report on poverty

Carlos Martínez de la Serna started working as a journalist in 1998, when he joined the Spanish newspaper El... More

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Bridging the print-Web divide

How OnEarth makes environmental longform work—for the internet

Last Thursday OnEarth published the kind of piece that harkens back to the old days of legacy journalism. Written by... More

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The persuasive power of the press release

Is printing a press release an automatic ethical lose for the Washington Post

Last week, the Washington Post eliminated a column published digitally in its science section following an article in the Knight... More

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An ambiguous Medium

An essay about an inappropriate love affair tears open the problems with the two-tiered platform

Last week, Medium editor Arikia Millikan published a coming-of-age essay chronicling a stilted affair she'd had with a married (and... More

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Is Planet Hillary ugly or just ahead of its time?

Art directors say some provocative covers grow better with age, but The New York Times Magazine’s recent illustration is just a gaffe

In July of 2008, in the heat of Barack Obama's first presidential race, The New Yorker issued a cover... More

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This slightly misleading headline will change the way you share this story

Nymag.com and Quartz expand their science coverage

Though anecdotal evidence suggests that science writing is contracting, two publications recently announced that they're expanding their coverage to health,... More

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Too many feelings

The Guardian pulls Emma Keller’s controversial post critiquing a cancer patient’s tweeting a few hours after The New York Times published a similar piece by her husband

Before last Wednesday you probably hadn't heard of Lisa Bonchek Adams, a Connecticut mother of three who has been tweeting... More

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The polar vortex climate conundrum

It either disproves climate change or is caused by it—say what?

As the freezing winds triggered by the "polar vortex" continue their blistering ascent through the midwest and across the eastern... More

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Climate change press’ pseudo boom

The Daily Climate reports a 30-percent spike in global warming coverage during 2013; social scientists disagree that the figure signals a rebound

Last week The Daily Climate released the its annual review of climate change coverage--a tally of major stories, by publication... More

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Almost famous

Can a star-studded documentary series make people care about climate change?

Last September CJR's Alexis Sobel Fitts trailed a documentary crew through Seattle as they filmed, Years of Living Dangerously,... More

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Cloudy with a chance of amazeballs

The Weather Channel is reinventing itself for the digital age

To house its burgeoning editorial operation, last winter The Weather Channel moved its New York staff into a sprawling office... More

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Prime-time’s global warming omission

A study shows that newscasters don’t mention climate change when covering the weather, but whether they should is a larger question

Climate change is rarely covered in the mainstream press, but getting a hard number on just how often (and under... More

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‘A very special’ Esquire story

The magazine claims that advocacy and good intentions exempt them from a scientific critique

If you like or follow literary journalism, you've probably stumbled upon Esquire's "Patient Zero," a new Tom Junod and Mark... More

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Journalists and PTSD: Is it about guilt?

Research suggests that reporters convinced their work inflicted harm suffer more from covering violence

In the summer of 2011, a man named Anders Breivik boarded a ferry for Utoya, a small, mostly barren island... More

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Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations

A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche

Midway through the third page of the state's attorney report on the Sandy Hook shootings, released last week, the authors... More

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Redefining the resilience beat

A new fellowship will train journalists to think critically about community recovery

For the first few days after Sandy hit the Northeast, journalists covered a story of destruction, unpacking all the grim... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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