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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.