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Weighing the Environmental Vote

From Iowa to New Hampshire, more enthusiasm than action

On New Year's Eve, three days before the Iowa caucuses began, The Des Moines Register published a campaign story under... More

Science And Religion

Journal’s survey delivers best reporting yet on presidential hopefuls and a host of scientific issues

As Iowans prepare to go caucusing, the journal Science offers a ten-page special report* on four Democrats and five Republicans'... More

No Such Thing as Dumb Questions?

League of Conservation Voters says TV news overlooks climate

The League of Conservation Voters has issued a challenge to the top cable and network TV news reporters: quit asking... More

Climate Goes Prime-Time with Couric

CBS candidate interviews lack substance, but the time slot’s hard to beat

Global warming went prime-time last night as CBS's Katie Couric asked each of the presidential candidates to answer a single... More

Iowa Hog Farms and Presidential Politics

MSNBC.com delivers unique report on local campaign issue

With less than month until the first presidential caucus, the media are turning more of their attention to Iowa, where... More

Journal Plays a Broken Record

Editorial board is clearly still bitter about Gore and climate

The disconnect between The Wall Street Journal's excellent coverage of climate change as a credible, man-made threat, and its editorial... More

A Silver Lining at the Union-Tribune

Environment reporters not eligible for buyouts

Tough times at the The San Diego Union-Tribune - the paper wants to cut 43 newsroom employees. After buying out... More

Staying Together for The Earth

Marriage More Eco-Friendly Than Divorce

Yesterday, news outlets around the country jumped on a particularly lame study that just appeared in the journal Proceedings of... More

Fake Press Release Tricks the Morning News

Bali climate talks provoke little excitement otherwise

Despite some 1,500 articles from around the world already (according a Google search), there is as yet little news coming... More

Obama’s NASA Plan Gets Little Play

Most reporters miss intersection of science, education in the campaign

With a few notable exceptions, journalists missed an opportunity to rip into a rare intersection of education and science on... More

NYT Runs Out of Energy

Phones in an “issue” story

It looked promising, at first: a story on the front page of the The New York Times business section that... More

“Evangelicalese 101”

The green message is right, but what about the messengers?

Evangelicals are the swing voters to watch in 2008. At least, that's the impression one gets from the large number... More

Fusing Climate to the Campaign

First presidential forum on energy a sign of (slow) progress

Three presidential candidates gathered at a forum in Los Angeles on Saturday to talk specifically about global warming and energy... More

Where is the Climate ‘Middle’?

Revkin’s new Dot Earth blog sparks healthy debate

In late October, The New York Times finally gave its climate reporter, Andrew Revkin, what he has wanted for some... More

Climate Consensus: Bravery or Blunder?

WaPo raises possibility that anti-warming platforms might not win

In early October, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama unveiled their campaign platforms on energy and the environment. John Edwards hasn't... More

Bloomberg Overshadows Edwards

Mayor’s proposal to tax carbon gets top coverage

John Edwards spun through New Orleans like a, well, not like a hurricane. On Saturday he blew in and out... More

Those Complicated California Wildfires

Journalists, scientists analyze carbon emissions

It's almost inevitable these days: from hurricanes, to drought, to wildfires, people want to know (and journalists can't help asking)... More

The “Other” Water Problem

Journalists turn from rising seas to shrinking reservoirs

In a long, New York Times Magazine cover story last weekend, Jon Gertner envisioned a dry future in the American... More

Inhofe In The Crosshairs

Senator Makes 2008 “Dirty Dozen” List

The novelties of this presidential race have captured so much media attention that the need to also elect a suite... More

Low-Hanging Fruit

SacBee: Enviro-Journalists are Softies?

Whoa now. It's not often that I see another media critic writing about environmental journalism. The notion that we need... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

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


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”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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