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Halloween Hype?

A health story about germ-fighting pumpkins

As trick-or-treaters ready themselves for the annual ritual that is Halloween, health and headline writers around the world have found... More

When Kennedy Didn’t Compromise

Lessons from the senator’s early health reform failure

I join the chorus of those who have long admired Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s remarkable Senate career and his persistence... More

Some Optimism for the Future of Science Journalism

And especially for international collaboration

LONDON — Amidst the gloomy climate in American science journalism, leading British editors have a decidedly upbeat view about coverage.... More

Science Journalism’s Crystal Ball

Whither the expertly reported content of yore?

In covering a crisis, it is crucial to quickly separate reliable information from speculation and hype—or, in the case of... More

Gender Gap Gone?

Women reign at 2009 Goldsmith investigative reporting awards

CAMBRIDGE, MA. When the team of Washington Post investigative reporters gathered in their editor’s office to put the finishing touches... More

Washington Post Pools Its Resources

Paper to create new science, health, and environment team

In the latest of many recent changes at The Washington Post, the management has announced a new plan to coordinate... More

Globe Kills Health/Science Section, Keeps Staff

After twenty-five-year run, content will be moved to lifestyle, business sections

It is the end of an era that began more than twenty-five years ago, when test-tube babies and compact discs... More

That Feel

A Twitter enthusiast’s lingering love affair with the endangered daily paper

One of the best—and worst—things about returning from a long trip is the towering stack of newspapers that awaits me.... More

Science Journalism Growing Overseas

AAAS meeting highlights dwindling American coverage

CHICAGO — The story was too good to miss. When cosmologist Paul Davies proposed launching a “mission to earth” to... More

Aspen New Year’s Eve Bomb Threat

Proves—once again—the value of a local paper

ASPEN, Colo. — The hottest item in the frigid early morning hours of New Year’s Day in this fashionable ski... More

Poland Climate Change Conference

Journalists from Brazil to Bangladesh hope to show what it means to the developing world

When government negotiators meet in Poland next week for a major United Nations conference on climate change, Brazilian journalist Gustavo... More

Science Reporting by Press Release

An old problem grows worse in the digital age

A dirty little secret of journalism has always been the degree to which some reporters rely on press releases and... More

Juggling Beats, Localizing Climate

Conference offers valuable lessons on modern reporting

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Reporters at local papers around the country know how to juggle beats. They have to. Steve Bennish... More

Climate Change: Now What?

A big beat grows more challenging and complex

Media coverage of climate change is at a crossroads, as it moves beyond the science of global warming into the... More

Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change

Some key Web sites for journalists

Climate Journalism: BBC: The network's climate-change portal, offering international news, opinion and explanation from around the BBC. Climate Connections:... More

Green Thumb: Earth Day USA

Media sightings on the Greening of America

"Green" is the latest media buzzword in news, features, entertainment, and advertising. U.S. newspaper mentions of "going green" have jumped... More

Connecting Climate Change and Cities

Harvard conference gives reporters a new language

What happens when VMT meets GHG? A new version of the old “Two Cultures” problem articulated by British scientist and... More

Science’s Path to the Pulitzers

Explanatory category is a longtime entrée to the prestigious award

Some people can't wait to check online for the latest sports scores or the state of the slipping stock market.... More

The Survival of Investigative Journalism

From Iraq to China, health and medicine under scrutiny

Amid the hand-wringing about the downward spiral of print economics, one recurring fear has been the fate of expensive, time-consuming... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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