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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

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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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.