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The Man Who Imagined Tablets and E-Readers

An interview with Roger Fidler of the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance

In 1981, Roger Fidler wrote a visionary essay on the emergence of mobile reading devices like the Apple iPad and... More

BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access

Despite promises to facilitate oil spill coverage, limited transparency persists in the Gulf

Despite repeated promises to improve transparency, BP, the United States government, and their contractors are still inhibiting the media’s ability... More

The Siphoning Solution

More on “kinky math” and mechanical Band-Aids for the oil spill

On Monday afternoon, BP reported that it was capturing about 11,000 barrels per day of the oil that has been... More

Mechanical Band-Aids

Press wrestles with techno-optimism while BP seeks to stop oil spill

Thank God or whomever. The nuclear option has never been, and never will be, on the table amongst other options... More

Go Fish

Have reporters paid sufficient attention to the Gulf spill’s impact on marine life?

On Tuesday morning, Agence France-Presse reported that “Louisiana's charter fishermen are slamming media coverage of the Gulf oil spill for... More

EPA Officials Demand Anonymity

“Hush-hush” conference calls anger reporters

Twice in the last three months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered reporters not to name the agency officials... More

Crude Coverage at the Times

News analysis displays gross lack of concern about Gulf spill

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded on April 20, causing the massive oil spill currently unfolding in the Gulf... More

The Voice of the Affected

How the media are improving humanitarian aid post-Haiti

A team of media-development experts that has been working with radio stations in earthquake-damaged Haiti to provide critical information to... More

Maternal Mortality Mix-Up

Press turns out disjointed coverage of politics, data

A slew of news articles this week have focused on two recent reports about the number of women who die... More

Science, Environment, & the 2010 Pulitzers

A tip o’ the hat to these science, environment, and health related Pulitzer winners: Public Service – The Bristol Herald... More

A Rosy Future for Cancer Vaccines?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks so

There’s a trope in medicine that doctors only have three ways of dealing with cancer: cutting (surgery), burning (radiation), and... More

Calling Katrina

New Orleans Times-Picayune’s 2005 hurricane coverage included in NYU’s “Top 10 Works of the Decade”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina from August to December 2005 has been named one of the top... More

Got Science Reporters?

New USC health news service stirs debate because it doesn’t

On the last Friday in March, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism announced the staff... More

Dot Earth Moves to NYT Opinion Section

Revkin: “I will say what I think, in ways I could not before”

After two-and-a-half years and 940 posts as a news blog, Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth site will be moving to the... More

More on Weathermen as Climate Skeptics

NYT weighs in with front-page treatment

The New York Times’s front-page story on high levels of climate skepticism among TV weather forecasters might have seemed a... More

Meat vs. Miles

Coverage of livestock, transportation emissions hypes controversy

For the last four years, media outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Fox News... More

Stories Percolate on World Water Day

National Geographic dives in with special issue

By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to live in areas where water is scarce—a prediction, among many troubling others,... More

Monitor-ing the Environment

The CSM cancels green blog in favor of a broader approach

In recent years, blogs have become a popular way for newspapers to handle specialized topics like science and the environment.... More

Whither the Watershed

A field guide to environmental journalism in the Ohio River Valley

Last weekend, the monstrous snowstorm that walloped the northeast prevented me from attending an event that I’d been looking forward... More

The Upshot of Embargoes

Oransky launches blog examining controversial publishing standard

A longstanding and controversial topic of conversation within the science journalism community—news embargoes on peer-reviewed research articles—will now receive regular... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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