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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

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.