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Media Scrutinize Spill Report

Day Two coverage quotes wider array of scientists

Many marine scientists lack complete faith in a federal report tracking the fate of the roughly 4.9 million barrels of... More

Risky Business

Times jumps the gun, irresponsibly dismisses threat of remaining oil

On Monday, I posted a story complaining that, following federal authorities’ announcement that the oil slicks on surface waters were... More

Blazing Trails, Changing Paths

Lessons from the first year in the life of Investigate West

When Investigate West, an investigative journalism site, sprung up last summer after the virtual collapse of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, we... More

“Missing” the Point

Absence of evident oil is not evidence of absent oil

Last week, the news media was awash with stories giving readers the impression that the Gulf of Mexico is no... More

Chronicle Gives “Climategate” Probes Their Due

Even wary journalists find little evidence of whitewash

I've complained twice in the last month that the press is not giving recent climate-change news its due. Today, I... More

Climate Bill Blowout

It’s a big deal. Where’s the print coverage?

Following Senator Harry Reid’s decision to pull the plug on climate legislation Thursday, news sites lit up with lit up... More

Obits for Schneider Roll In

Reporters pay respect to climate scientist and “mediarologist”

The obituaries for Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, who suffered a fatal heart attack early Monday morning, are beginning... More

Oil spill, climate coverage drive growth at Mother Jones

Science and environment coverage, often marginalized in daily newspapers and news magazines, has helped drive exceptional growth at Mother Jones... More

Pachauri Revises IPCC Media Plan

Chairman apologies to scientists for previous letter

Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has sent a letter to the 831 lead authors... More

“Two Stories” of Gulf Seafood

News reports tread the line between confidence and caution

BP has apparently stopped the flow of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the... More

Inside BP’s Media Blockade

Contractor who obstructed WDSU reporter’s access to beach cleanup decides to talk

A former BP contractor who blocked a New Orleans TV news reporter from talking to cleanup crews working on a... More

I’ll Have the Climate Coverage, Please

Kurtz wants some; so does the Times, though it doesn’t deliver

On Sunday night, CNN’s Howard Kurtz seconded CJR’s call for more coverage of the series of inquiries and investigations rebutting... More

A Second Chance

How mobile devices can absolve journalism of its original sin: giving away online content

1 Talk to people who are into mobile reading devices like the Kindle and the iPad, and a scene from... More

Mediaphobia at the IPCC

Letter steers scientists away from the press, despite recent calls for transparency

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change seems to have caught a touch of mediaphobia from last year’s largely debunked controversies... More

Meet the AP’s New Oil Spill Editor

A Q&A with Steve Gutkin

At the end of June, the Associated Press announced that it had named an oil spill editor, Steve Gutkin, to... More

Shameful Obstinacy at The Sunday Times

Paper finally retracts Amazongate, aggressive-blondes articles

On Wednesday, I argued that the mounting rebuttal of the recent controversies related to the so-called “Climategate” e-mails and alleged... More

Uproar at ScienceBlogs.com

Protesting Pepsi’s new nutrition blog, writers defect from respected site

At least two well-respected science journalists and a handful of scientists have canceled their blogs at the popular and heretofore... More

Wanted: Climate Front-Pager

Reviews vindicating scientists get strong blog coverage, but more high-profile stories are needed

Over the last two days, two reports have, respectively, reaffirmed the integrity of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on... More

Finding the Right Expert

How reporters should use a controversial new study categorizing scientists’ stances on global warming

A controversial new study that categorizes climate scientists as either “convinced” or “unconvinced” by the basic tenets of manmade global... More

Bringing Energy Home

Can local reporting help break the cycle of inaction?

The vast majority of Americans want a “fundamental overhaul” of the country’s energy policies, according to the latest nationwide New... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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