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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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter


39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

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.