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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

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Calling out the climate conspirators

Slate, Discover, and The Guardian crack down on the David Rose’s distorted reporting

Over the weekend the Daily Mail's David Rose published a long screed on climate change with some pretty startling revelations:... More

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Politico publisher acquires Capital New York (UPDATED)

Over 30 to 45 days the website will quadruple staff and hone coverage on state and local politics, according to Jim VandeHei

[UPDATE, 4:06 pm] Jim VandeHei, executive editor of Politico and new president of Capital New York, says the site will... More

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Scientific American eats

A new group blog will explore the science of food

Scientific American has been on a food spree recently. Its September issue is food-themed, with pieces ranging from the conflicting... More

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Hard Numbers

Waging the privacy war

55 percent of American voters identified Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" in July 2013 34 percent of American voters identified... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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