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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

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Openly accessible

The backlash over a Science magazine sting raises questions about the scope of investigative journalism and the rigor of open access publishing

Last month John Bohannon, a biologist and science writer, published the kind of piece in Science magazine that defies classification.... More

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A lot: that’s how many

New study has journalists in a jellybean-counting contest over just how many Earth-like planets are out there

On Monday the University of California, Berkeley released the results of the kind of awe-inspiring study that makes for excellent... More

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Darts & Laurels

Sober statistics and misnamed killers

LAUREL to the BBC for debunking an incendiary TIME article chronicling "Africa's rising rate of alcohol abuse." "Africa has... More

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Curious tales

Citizen journalism at scale

Each day, Curious City, a public-radio show that airs on Chicago's WBEZ, hits its audience with a strangely intuitive... More

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Sandy’s quick-fix legacy

One year later, the story of how to rebuild post-storm is still complicated

When Hurricane Sandy barreled through the East Coast last year, the next day's news told the story of a city... More

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Brain imagining

A neuroscience comic book attempts to create better communication on the brain

As imaging techniques have birthed a new wave of brain-centric research, it's also created a slew of problematic journalism. Neuroscience... More

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QUEST’s quest for sustainability journalism

Telling local stories with a national vision is the secret to engaging an audience on a topic poisoned by buzzwords

Since its 2007 launch, QUEST, a public radio and television program airing on northern California's KQED, has been quietly producing... More

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Plight of the urban whore—ahem—science writer

SciAm faces internet fury for pulling a post about minorities in science

On Thursday afternoon, biologist Danielle N. Lee, who writes about ecology and diversity in science for her Scientific American blog,... More

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The Gladwellian ‘debate’

Why are we still listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s cherry-picked gospel?

In the 13-years since The Tipping Point shot Malcolm Gladwell onto the map and America's bookshelves, his brand of counter-intuitive... More

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When scientists attack

A laurel to Environmental Health News for taking a hard look at the politics behind a controversial editorial

Spend extended time reading the science press, and it's easy to think that science is a one-note story about the... More

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Risky business

What uncertainty means for scientists vs. journalists

Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report summarizing six years of global warming science Friday, the mammoth... More

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For the sake of science

PopSci’s ‘scientific’ justification for shutting down comments conveys the research poorly

The internet has largely weighed in on Popular Science's sudden decision to shut off its comments section earlier this week.... More

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Too much ado about gonads

Distracted by the SEO headline grab, reporters failed to capture the basic findings of a study

A piece of medical news made the rounds last week with the kind of fodder that makes Web editors dance... More

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#Oceanfall

The Seattle Times’ glitzy new digital package unveils a substantial piece of reporting on our changing seas

Like most newspapers around the country, The Seattle Times has cut staff and shaved resources in recent years to balance... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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