Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Last Update: Wed 2:50 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Curtis Brainard | Email the Author

Consumer Revolution on the Web: Overview

A comprehensive overview of CJR’s recent consumer reporting conference

On November 20th 2008, nearly 100 participants from several regions of the United States and from Denmark, Norway and Ireland... More

The Year in Science Journalism

Over at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, Charlie Petit has a fun roundup of over half a dozen publications and... More

Science Groups Protest CNN Cuts

CASW, NASW, SEJ, and WFSJ issue first-ever joint letter

Four of the world’s largest science and environmental journalism groups issued their first-ever joint statement today in a letter sent... More

Everybody’s a Critic

Where professional journalists must make a stand in consumer reporting

What is a professional consumer reporter do to when the Internet has empowered anybody to be a critic of everything... More

Q&A: Andrew Revkin

NYT reporter discusses climate, sustainability, and long-haul reporting

Last month, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin received Columbia University’s prestigious John Chancellor Award, along with New Yorker staff... More

A One-Stop Shop for Climate Information?

Princeton startup attempts to pair journalists’ yin with scientists’ yang

When it comes to improving the coverage of climate change, critics often suggest some variant of the idea that journalists... More

CNN Cuts Entire Science, Tech Team

Despite network’s intention to launch wire service, compete with the AP

CNN, the Cable News Network, announced yesterday that it will cut its entire science, technology, and environment news staff, including... More

The Local Climate

Regional papers invest in multi-part series on warming

Last week, the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media posted an interesting column by Tom Henry, environment reporter... More

Global Cooling, Confused Coverage

Politico article demonstrates gross misunderstanding of climate science, journalism

Proving that old misunderstandings are not easily resolved, Politico published an anachronistically bad article about climate science yesterday. The piece,... More

Trimming the Hedges

Web jungle, Web garden—you decide

It may seem like people have been gawking at the proliferation of online news sources for ages now, but it... More

On Genes and Cures, Separately

NYT, Newsweek find hooks for important stories

Science aficionados should have appreciated yesterday’s Science Times in The New York Times. The section always does a good job... More

Crystal Balls Glow Green

Press speculates (responsibly) on key Obama environment/science picks and policies

Reporters wasted no time this week in their rush to speculate about who president-elect Barack Obama will tap for key... More

Coal’s Curtain Call

A late spate of news as the campaigns wind down

This morning, my colleague Liz Cox Barrett posted a brief comment about Kevin Drum’s argument that the press has “ignored”... More

Xunlight Shines on Palin

Blogs drill into governor’s speech at solar energy plant

On Wednesday, I had a column about a number of energy and environment reporters’ reflections on their beat’s novel significance... More

Energy: Fueling the Campaign

Three reporters reflect on their beat’s novel and significant role in the election

With less than one week to go before the most fiercely contested presidential election in recent memory, it’s time to... More

Five Questions for SEJ’s New Prez

CJR talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Christy George

At its eighteenth annual conference last week, the Society of Environmental Journalists elected Christy George, of Oregon Public Broadcasting, to... More

Transparency at Federal Science Agencies

WaPo gets marks for covering UCS “report card,” but misses important details

Last Friday, The Union of Concerned Scientists released a “report card” grading fifteen federal agencies’ records on disclosing scientific information... More

Anchorage Daily News Traffic Soars

When the McCain campaign announced that Sarah Palin would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee in late August, few reporters knew... More

Candidates’ Medical Records Lack Transparency

NYT’s Altman makes the most out of scant information

The New York Times’s Lawrence K. Altman, one of the few reporters in the this country who holds an M.D.,... More

Hollow Criticism from MarketWatch

Friedman’s attempt to bash environmental journalism lacks meat

Given that I am currently at the annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference, it seems an opportune time to comment... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

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.