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Making Space for Skeptics

Post, Times draw criticism for coverage questioning global warming

Washington Post columnist George Will was at it again on Thursday with his third column disparaging the scientific consensus behind... More

Post-Intelligent

Before its collapse, the P-I had a history of strong science reporting

When the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rolled off the presses last Tuesday, it was another blow to... More

Nature’s Artificial Divide

The best hope for science journalism is a marriage of new and old media

The illustration is excellent. As Charlie Petit described it: “a crumbling monument topped by a stack of ossified newspapers, overwhelmed... More

Obama on Stem Cells

Journalists debate the new mix of science, politics, and ideology

President Obama's decision to allow federally funded scientists to work with hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines continued to... More

Gallup: Many Americans Think Media Exaggerate Global Warming

Latest poll also finds waning concern about climate change

On Wednesday, the Gallup polling organization released its annual survey of environmental issues. Among the key findings: Although a majority... More

Columbia Presents 2008 Oakes Award

Journal-Sentinel, AP honored for exposing lax oversight of chemical exposure

Writing about environmental toxicology—the ambient chemical exposure of our daily lives—has it all: public health threats, a nascent body of... More

The George Will Affair

Post stands by climate column despite widespread criticism; clamor spills over to The New York Times

Thought the dust kicked up by George Will’s February 15 column in The Washington Post, “Dark Green Doomsayers,” had settled?... More

From Fly Ash to “Clean” Coal

National media slow to expand excellent local coverage after sludge spills

Both the American and Canadian press took a ‘Well, we’ll see,’ attitude toward the announcement yesterday that President Barack Obama... More

Lingering Denial

The unfortunate case of a few pundits with too much influence

Last week at the Huffington Post, John Delicath, the director of the Media Matters Action Network, quoted an article of... More

Science Journalism’s Hope and Despair

‘Niche’ pubs growing as MSM circles the drain

About a year and a half ago, I began reporting on a story about the “state” of science journalism, which... More

What Have We Learned?

Climate journalists discuss lessons of the past at AMNH

Last night, a panel of distinguished science journalists and one social scientist discussed shifting norms in climate-change coverage at the... More

One More Science Journalism Event…

For the road

Yesterday, I wrote a short post about a few all-star science journalism events taking place this week in New York... More

Science Journalism Events at AMNH, AAAS

I don’t generally announce upcoming science journalism events, mostly because my readership is spread out across the country. I might... More

NYT: “Boron Moron”

My thanks to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for pointing out a "mea culpa" posted today by The New York... More

Global vs. Regional Trends

A common problem in climate coverage

On January 1, the Daily Tech, an online magazine, published a somewhat misleading blog post about the “rapid recovery” of... More

The Language and Culture of Climate

New book seeks to improve communication between journalists, scientists

One of the things that history will remember about the coverage of climate change is that, not unlike the Iraq... More

The Price is Right, Energy Edition

Obama, journalists tie efficiency and environmental protection to the economy

Monday morning, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders to spur an economic recovery plan founded upon clean energy and... More

Environmental S.W.A.T. Team

New York Times’s new ‘pod’ gathers talent from multiple beats

On Thursday, The New York Times will launch a new, crack environmental reporting unit that will pull in eight specialized... More

We (Heart) Bag Fees!?

Times article an insult to consumer reporting, common sense

The week before Christmas, I wrote a column about the poor state of consumer reporting in the United States. Imagine... More

Gupta for Surgeon General

Obama asks CNN journalist, neurosurgeon to be top doc

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz broke the story today that President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

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

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.