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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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