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Post Capitol-izes on Snow

Traffic is way up at blog focused on local weather

Beneath the snowstorm-induced climate feuding that has pervaded the media for the last few weeks, an interesting thing is happening:... More

Snow Fights

Storm coverage muddles politics and science

Last week, in a front-page story, The New York Times responded to the latest instance of global warming skeptics seizing... More

U.S. Press Digs Into IPCC Story

Articles still fall short of ambitious work in the U.K.

A couple of America’s leading media outlets finally dug into the recent controversy surrounding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change... More

The Long View on Green

After 40 years on the job, Joe Hebert reflects on covering energy and environment

From Three Mile Island to the cap-and-trade debates on Capitol Hill, H. Josef Hebert spent over half of his forty-year... More

USA Today Wins Oakes Award

“Smokestack Effect” garners another prize for outstanding reporting

A USA Today investigation which found that the air outside thousands of schools across the country could be at least... More

WSJ Cancels Energy/Environment Blog

Two years after launch, popular site mysteriously dumped

After a mere two-year run, The Wall Street Journal has, for some inexplicable reason—or, rather, for some reason it refuses... More

Criticism of IPCC Continues

American media still missing in action

American media are still missing in action on the controversy currently embroiling the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition... More

MIA on the IPCC

American press largely ignores latest controversies

Almost two weeks ago, the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, “broke” the story that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change... More

Reporters Doubling as Docs in Haiti

Dual roles raise concerns about journalistic ethics

Prominent television journalists who are also certified doctors have been treating injured patients amidst the recovery and relief efforts in... More

Repairing Haitian Radio

Internews sends team of specialists, technicians to restore local broadcasting

With radio and television news outlets crippled by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Internews, an international media... More

BBC Trust to Review Science Coverage

Outlet’s “accuracy and impartiality” to be scrutinized following criticism

The BBC Trust—the governing body of the BBC—announced last week that it will review the accuracy and impartiality of the... More

“New” Media Crucial in Aftermath of Haitian Earthquake

Newspapers, television scramble to reach the scene

“New” media platforms were critical to delivering early information about damage and relief efforts in the aftermath of a 7.0... More

Flatlining Despite Healthcare Overhaul

CUNY, Univ. of Minnesota suspend health/medical journalism programs

With one of the most significant and expensive overhauls of the American health care system about to begin, the City... More

Just in Time for Winter

Homans on weathermen as climate skeptics

The cover story in the current issue of CJR, about why climate skepticism is so common among television weather forecasters,... More

Best of 2009: The Observatory

Brainard picks The Observatory’s top stories from 2009

Jan. 13 — Environmental S.W.A.T. Team: 2009 began on a seemingly positive note, with The New York Times pulling a... More

Copenhagen’s “Climate Pool”

Eleven international news agencies launch Facebook blog

The Associated Press and ten other international news agencies have launched “The Climate Pool,” a Facebook page that they hope... More

Hacked E-mails and “Journalistic Tribalism”

Climate coverage is imperfect, but is it ideologically biased?

In a column for USA Today on Tuesday, Jonah Goldberg argued that the mainstream press hasn’t given enough attention to... More

Saving Corwin’s Creatures

MSNBC wades into new territory with environmental documentary 100 Heartbeats

While filming his new documentary, 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin cut off the horn of a black rhino to protect it... More

Trains, Planes, and Carbon Offsets

Times keeps a needed eye on green premiums

This week, The New York Times published two much-needed articles questioning the value of programs that let consumers pay a... More

Plimer, “Balance as Bias” Back in Climate Coverage

That old nuisance, “balance as bias,” cropped up in the press again on Thursday in an article in the Telegraph... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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