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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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