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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

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Innovation watch

Drill down in the Amazon

In 2008, Gustavo Faleiros, a reporter at the Brazilian news outlet O Eco, sought a way to synthesize the... More

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Required skimming: nouveau healthy dining

Eat less, mostly plants

My New Roots Run by a "holistic nutritionist," this blog posts inventive recipes, designed to impart a mostly... More

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Required skimming: climate change

Deniers beware

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked... More

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Michael Pollan and Amy Harmon ‘talk’ it out

The talking points that launched a thousand tweets

Amy Harmon's work is so particular her job title is pretty much synonymous with her name. Though technically Harmon reports... More

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Required skimming: the brain and behavior

The emerging science behind why we do what we do

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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Ambivalent coverage of climate change’s ‘new normal’

Considering the importance of the information, the mainstream press provided surprisingly limited analysis

On Tuesday, the American Meteorological Society released its annual "State of the Climate" report, a hefty, 258-page document chronicling changes... More

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Patch delays layoffs

Hyperlocal hopes to match least profitable sites with local partners

Since Wednesday, Patch employees have been waiting for news of layoffs rumored to come coupled with the announcement of a... More

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Shark Week vs. science: the Megalodon affair

A battle over the existence of an extinct shark highlights shoddy coverage

For the Discovery Channel, Shark Week, an annual week devoted to shark-related programming, is prime time for ratings and, supposedly,... More

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Required skimming: hipster food quarterlies

Celebrity chefs and ambitious home cooks—armed with instagram filters

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your... More

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Q&A: Nicholas Jackson, founder of The First Bound

New website provides an “off the record” style chat about media with writers and editors

As a young writer Pacific Standard digital director Nicholas Jackson built his career through a time-honored tradition: cold-emailing editors. "I... More

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Q&A: Ruby Cramer, political reporter at BuzzFeed

“The consistency with which Anthony Weiner walks around the city with a guy holding his name up behind him is impressive”

There's an audible sense of panic in Ruby Cramer's voice when she answers the phone at our scheduled interview time.... More

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Reuters’s global warming about-face

A survey shows the newswire ran 50 percent fewer stories on climate change after hiring a “skeptic”

Reuters has long been one of the most prolific producers of climate change journalism, leading The New York Times and... More

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Discover’s New Look

If a cross country move and a new staff weren’t enough change for Discover, the science magazine unveils a redesign

It's been a tumultuous year for Discover magazine, after uprooting its offices from New York to Wisconsin, hiring an almost... More

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The right way to write about rape

A panel offers tips for navigating the charged terrain of reporting on sexual assault and domestic violence

When Claudia Garcia-Rojas, an activist and advocate from Chicago, began assembling her toolkit for journalists covering sexual assault, she surveyed... More

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Support in the conflict zone

Freelance journalists on the front lines have limited resources—but you can help

In our July/August issue, CJR published Francesca Borri's wrenching essay about the difficulties of covering conflict as a freelancer (and... More

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Your fertility, checked

An Atlantic cover story uncovering a decade of botched reporting should sound as a warning to journalists to examine the fine print of scientific studies

In 2002 Sylvia Ann Hewlett terrified career-oriented women when she hit them with a cold truth: Regardless of advances in... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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