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ABC Declines Renewable Power Ad

Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection launches petition

The We campaign, launched by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection last spring, has already attracted a lot of attention... More

Obama’s Projector

Cosmic Log explains McCain’s misleading criticism

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, John McCain attempted to skewer Barack Obama by criticizing an earmark Obama had requested for... More

From Green to Greenbacks

More journalists investigate clean energy as a solution to (or victim of) the economic crisis

Environmental journalists have long called for greater connectivity with the political and business beats — that objective has never been... More

Covering NASA’s 50th Birthday

Anniversary provides an opportunity for wide-angle reporting about the agency’s purpose

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned fifty yesterday, and if articles are like birthday cards, most journalists sent their... More

Republicans and Bears, Oh My

Charlie Petit, who runs the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, has had it with John McCain using a scientific study of... More

Energy and the Economic Bailout

Crisis begins to crop up in recent climate coverage

News of the $700 billion economic bailout plan, which failed in Congress yesterday, has eclipsed some notable developments in energy... More

Calif. Academy of Sciences Reopens!

As journalists recount its fascinating history

As a native of northern California, I can safely say that it’s easy to envy anybody living in or visiting... More

Same Ol’ Science Platforms

Points for trying, but Nature gets nothing new from the candidates

With the economy going to pot, it’s not surprising that the presidential candidates haven’t devoted much time to issues of... More

Old Carbon Capture Strategy, New Story

Journal reintroduces underground coal gasification to U.S. media

On Tuesday, I wrote a column about the media’s failure to cover the opening of the world’s first coal-fired power... More

Media Obstruction in Galveston

Press denied access in the wake of Hurricane Ike

It was a rough week for the Galveston County Daily News. On Saturday, Hurricane Ike tore off its roof and... More

“Clean Coal” and the Campaigns

Despite centrality to election, first CCS coal plant fails to impress the press

When the world’s most powerful particle accelerator opened along the French-Swiss border last week, it drew reams of press. But... More

The Black Hole of Publicity

Media coverage of LHC produces bigger bang than new collider

The biggest bang to come out of the Large Hadron Collider, which began operating in Europe yesterday, was the media... More

Obama and McCain on Energy

Washington Post wrong to say there is “not much difference”

On Sunday, The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing Sen. John McCain’s decision, carried out over the last few months,... More

“The Killa from Wasilla”…

And other coverage of Palin’s environmental record

Yesterday, I posted a column arguing that Sarah Palin’s record on energy and environmental issues is perhaps the best place... More

Palin and the Environment

Plenty of record for the press to dissect; Anchorage paper shows the way

Yesterday, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert advised Democrats to “Take the High Road” with Sarah Palin and focus on... More

Public Opinion and Climate: Part II

Where’s the consensus, and where does it end?

Last week, a reader, Jeff Huggins, asked me to address why the media have failed to explain climate change in... More

Public Opinion and Climate: Part I

Have the media failed to help people “get” it?

Last week, a reader, Jeff Huggins, asked me to address why the media have failed to explain climate change in... More

The Future of Science Journalism Fellowships

CJR chats with new Knight, MIT director Phil Hilts

On Friday, the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships' class of 2009 arrived for orientation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the... More

Quashing Climate Dissent?

The media’s role in covering the (wide) spectrum of skepticism about global warming

Last week, Slate columnist Ron Rosenbaum criticized the July/August issue of Columbia Journalism Review for what he perceived as an... More

Engineering Body and Earth

NYT grasps, and misses, the ethical dimensions of science

The cover of today's New York Times Science Times section carries two stories, a feature and a column, concerning the... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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