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All thumbs, none green

Environment coverage is down at the Times, even if it wasn’t supposed to be

Two weeks ago, I excoriated The New York Times for canceling its Green blog a month after it had dismantled... More

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Open government?

Some progress, on paper at least

Since President Obama came to the White House in 2009, federal regulatory and science agencies have taken measurable steps--on paper,... More

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Windmills, tourism, and transparency

Maine blogger’s ongoing conflict-of-interest problems spark concern

The former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, who's now a fulltime media personality covering travel and outdoors... More

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Green drones?

Unmanned aerial vehicles poised to enhance environmental coverage

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepares to allow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for a wide array of... More

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NYT cancels Green blog

No explanation from editors following surprise announcement

At 5pm on Friday afternoon, The New York Times posted the following announcement: The Times is discontinuing the Green blog,... More

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Brain mapping

NYT raises questions about federal project, science press provides answers

On February 17, The New York Times touched off an anxious debate in the neuroscience community with a front-page article... More

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Drones and transparency

White House criticized for secrecy, PBS’s NOVA for conflict

It's no secret that journalists, especially those on the science beat, don't think that President Obama has lived up his... More

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Digging for dark money

Guardian, CPI expose secretive climate-denial funding network

Just over a year ago, Peter Gleick, a scientist and climate-change activist, obtained a cache of internal documents from The... More

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Meteorite steals asteroid’s thunder

Russian ‘dash cams’ fill web with amateur video

For the last week, stargazers around the world have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 150-meter asteroid that will... More

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UPDATED: All charged up

Elon Musk says NYT review of a Tesla sedan was dishonest; Broder, Sullivan fire back

[Original column posted February 12, 12:00 p.m.] Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is all charged up over a The New... More

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‘I need rules’

Jonah Lehrer says he still intends to pursue writing

In his first public appearance since revelations of fabrication and plagiarism derailed his career last year, science writer Jonah Lehrer... More

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Momentum becomes Ensia

Univ. of Minnesota expands its environmental magazine

A nonprofit environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota that's been quietly racking up awards for three years is... More

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Sheen before green

Entertainment news outstrips environment news 3-to-1

Celebrity and sports stories are three times more common in the mainstream media than environment stories, according to a new... More

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The bird-flu blues

Short notice that research will resume leads to thin coverage

Reporters didn't have much time to react to the news that scientists in some countries will soon resume research on... More

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Quinoa’s quagmire

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

A slanted post about the quinoa craze set off a cascade of reproachful media warnings last week, telling consumers that... More

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Climate policy, act two

Reactions to Obama’s second inaugural overlook Skocpol report

It was great to see The New York Times give front-page treatment to the unexpected weight that President Obama put... More

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Science journalism’s great divide

Study finds pessimism in the West, optimism in the Global South

Science journalists in the West have a bleaker outlook on the future of their profession than their colleagues in the... More

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Here? Now?

Media squander rare opportunity to localize climate coverage

Making climate change a local story isn't easy, but regional newspapers are, by and large, missing what is probably going... More

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Faded green

Environment reporters endangered, regardless of exact number

InsideClimate News's Katherine Bagley, who broke the news last week that The New York Times is dismantling its environment desk,... More

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Environment coverage TBD

The Times says it’s committed, but only time will tell

The New York Times’s decision is to dismantle its four-year-old environment “pod” has been called everything from “an unmitigated disaster”... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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