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Making Space for Skeptics

Post, Times draw criticism for coverage questioning global warming

Washington Post columnist George Will was at it again on Thursday with his third column disparaging the scientific consensus behind... More

Post-Intelligent

Before its collapse, the P-I had a history of strong science reporting

When the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rolled off the presses last Tuesday, it was another blow to... More

Nature’s Artificial Divide

The best hope for science journalism is a marriage of new and old media

The illustration is excellent. As Charlie Petit described it: “a crumbling monument topped by a stack of ossified newspapers, overwhelmed... More

Obama on Stem Cells

Journalists debate the new mix of science, politics, and ideology

President Obama's decision to allow federally funded scientists to work with hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines continued to... More

Gallup: Many Americans Think Media Exaggerate Global Warming

Latest poll also finds waning concern about climate change

On Wednesday, the Gallup polling organization released its annual survey of environmental issues. Among the key findings: Although a majority... More

Columbia Presents 2008 Oakes Award

Journal-Sentinel, AP honored for exposing lax oversight of chemical exposure

Writing about environmental toxicology—the ambient chemical exposure of our daily lives—has it all: public health threats, a nascent body of... More

The George Will Affair

Post stands by climate column despite widespread criticism; clamor spills over to The New York Times

Thought the dust kicked up by George Will’s February 15 column in The Washington Post, “Dark Green Doomsayers,” had settled?... More

From Fly Ash to “Clean” Coal

National media slow to expand excellent local coverage after sludge spills

Both the American and Canadian press took a ‘Well, we’ll see,’ attitude toward the announcement yesterday that President Barack Obama... More

Lingering Denial

The unfortunate case of a few pundits with too much influence

Last week at the Huffington Post, John Delicath, the director of the Media Matters Action Network, quoted an article of... More

Science Journalism’s Hope and Despair

‘Niche’ pubs growing as MSM circles the drain

About a year and a half ago, I began reporting on a story about the “state” of science journalism, which... More

What Have We Learned?

Climate journalists discuss lessons of the past at AMNH

Last night, a panel of distinguished science journalists and one social scientist discussed shifting norms in climate-change coverage at the... More

One More Science Journalism Event…

For the road

Yesterday, I wrote a short post about a few all-star science journalism events taking place this week in New York... More

Science Journalism Events at AMNH, AAAS

I don’t generally announce upcoming science journalism events, mostly because my readership is spread out across the country. I might... More

NYT: “Boron Moron”

My thanks to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for pointing out a "mea culpa" posted today by The New York... More

Global vs. Regional Trends

A common problem in climate coverage

On January 1, the Daily Tech, an online magazine, published a somewhat misleading blog post about the “rapid recovery” of... More

The Language and Culture of Climate

New book seeks to improve communication between journalists, scientists

One of the things that history will remember about the coverage of climate change is that, not unlike the Iraq... More

The Price is Right, Energy Edition

Obama, journalists tie efficiency and environmental protection to the economy

Monday morning, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders to spur an economic recovery plan founded upon clean energy and... More

Environmental S.W.A.T. Team

New York Times’s new ‘pod’ gathers talent from multiple beats

On Thursday, The New York Times will launch a new, crack environmental reporting unit that will pull in eight specialized... More

We (Heart) Bag Fees!?

Times article an insult to consumer reporting, common sense

The week before Christmas, I wrote a column about the poor state of consumer reporting in the United States. Imagine... More

Gupta for Surgeon General

Obama asks CNN journalist, neurosurgeon to be top doc

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz broke the story today that President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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