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Education or Indulgence?

Monitor series reaches out to global-warming skeptics

Not many diplomats shared Czech President Vaclav Klaus's opinion about global warming at a special meeting of the United Nations... More

Clinton Vows to Protect Science

Says she will reverse the political interference of the Bush years

Hats off to Hillary - she made a smart play yesterday, using the fiftieth anniversary of the Sputnik launch to... More

Yale Launches Climate, Media Forum

Aims to improve communication between scientists and the press

The consensus on how to improve news stories about climate change is even more solid than the consensus on global... More

Climate and the Campaign

U.S. databases v. Australian news

As the federal election rapidly approaches, climate change, energy, and environment have become leading issues among candidates and the media... More

Climate, Front And Center

Thus far, press keeps UN, White House gatherings in proper context

Today is the second day of what The New York Times labeled "Climate Week" in an editorial last Saturday. Beginning... More

What’s Healthy?

Don’t ask scientists, or the press either

What do red wine, cell phones, and daycare have in common? All have ambiguous links to human health established by... More

Precisely

USA Today galaxy story should say what it means

It could be that I'm just tired after a week covering a science journalists' conference in California, but I came... More

Environmental Journalism? Environmentalism?

An identity crisis at the SEJ conference

I suppose that when I walked into the opening reception of the Society of Environmental Journalists annual meeting last Wednesday,... More

What Kind of News do People Really Want?

Pew report studies twenty years of American preferences

It's almost fifty pages long, but well worth the read: a recent study by the Pew Research Center for People... More

Chinese Pollution in Words, Pictures and More

The New York Times makes new strides with multimedia storytelling

These days, it is rare to see a magazine or newspaper publish a special report on climate change or natural... More

Rifling Through NASA’s Closets

USA Today finds nothing, publishes anyway

Scandal is such a dangerous thing in the media. Readers devour it and always ask for more. When astronaut Lisa... More

Georgia Court Tests Mass. v. EPA

But where’s the press?

In April, I wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate... More

Sun-Times Says Boycott BP

Chicago area newspapers fight permit for new pollution

The Chicago Sun-Times called for a boycott of BP today in response to a permit the oil giant received in... More

Newsweek v. Newsweek

Samuelson rebuts Begley’s cover story

I love to see columnists and reporters arguing in the pages of the same magazine, especially about climate change. This... More

To Juice or Not to Juice?

Journalists float the idea of legalizing sports doping

Point shaving, dog fighting, blood doping - it was enough to make some columnists posit that the last week of... More

Asexual Journalism?

LA Times mimics NY Times story on love and desire

Monday's Los Angeles Times carried a long feature, "This is Your Brain on Love," about neurological explanations of sexual attraction... More

Quarrel Between ACORE and CEI Draws Inhofe’s Attention

Are free speech and the future of renewable fuels at risk?

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma may have called global warming a "hoax," but those who oppose him, and would like... More

Nature Watch

The journal takes on Darfur and The Simpsons—not at the same time

I couldn't help of but think of the theatrical masks representing tragedy and comedy after reading two articles in this... More

Rumors at Fermilab and CERN

How science, media, and gossip affect cutting-edge physics

The gossip mill is spinning in the particle physics world, with journalists, bloggers, and scientists all taking turns speculating about... More

More on Our “Innovation Ecology”

Taking Science from Lab to Market

Yesterday, I posted a column applauding two recent articles that investigated what William A. Wulf, former head of the National... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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