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From Gas Tax to Safety Valve

The press gets wrapped up in one debate, but misses a parallel

Since Hillary Clinton announced her support last week for suspending the federal gas tax between Memorial Day and Labor Day,... More

What’s New at Science News

And what is familiar

Science News, the eighty-seven-year-old weekly staple of dedicated science news enthusiasts is making a few changes this month. Or rather,... More

Oops! About that Journal Report….

PEJ’s statistical slip

Last week, a report from the venerable Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) created something of a stir with a... More

The Big Coal Question

Journalists catch Obama and Clinton walking a carbon tightrope

Most journalists covering the environmental side of the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have come to the... More

2008 Green Issues Guide

Vanity Fair once again sets the bar, but has competition

Instead of switching to fluorescent light bulbs, urging my congressional representative to support climate legislation, or attending one of Manhattan's... More

Annotating Bush’s Climate Speech

Dot Earth takes a novel approach to the coverage

Yesterday, President Bush called for the United States to halt the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and urged... More

Global Warming’s Rainmakers

News outlets launch a glut of green business conferences

News outlets large and small, in the U.S. and overseas have, for years now, talked about a coming energy "revolution"... More

Science in Arabic

A conversation with the leaders of the Arab Science Journalists Association

Last fall, CJR’s Curtis Brainard discussed the state of science journalism in the Arab world with Nadia El-Awady and Zainab... More

BP Logo Pulled from TNR’s New Blog

Readers complain about placement above energy/environment coverage

A strange thing happened Tuesday. The New Republic had just launched a new “Environment & Energy” blog on Sunday, and... More

Candidates Decline Science Debate

Proxies seem to be the only option

One thing about the scientists, academics, journalists, politicians, and business leaders pushing for a presidential debate about science - you... More

Big Play for Candidates’ Green Cred

Press revives environment’s role in the campaign…sort of

The environment's importance to the presidential campaign hit a fresh zenith, media coverage-wise, yesterday, with a Newsweek cover that asks,... More

Medical Stories Take Four Pulitzers

Investigations of health/ethics issues carry the day

Four health/medical series won Pulitzer Prizes yesterday. The Washington Post's Dana Priest, Annie Hull and photographer Michel du Cille received... More

Remember FutureGen?

American press silent while Oz launches first carbon storage plant

It was a week of firsts, but not in the U.S. In Canada, British Columbia announced "pioneering" cap-and-trade legislation yesterday,... More

E&E News Launches ClimateWire

New pub aims to dig deep into “sprawling” topic

Two months ago, a reporter interviewed me for a story about the sustainability of "green" news-whether journalists' current interest in... More

Separation Anxiety… the Antarctic Way

Did the media “hype” the latest ice shelf crumble?

All environmental reporters should sign up to receive the regular blog posts sent out by Marc Morano, the chief communications... More

CT Scans and Tobacco Funding

NYT’s reporter explains why it’s so hard to “sniff out” conflict of interest

Nick Naylor, the anti-hero and suave spin-doctor at the "Academy of Tobacco Studies" in Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, Thank You... More

Been There, Done That

Experience, climate, and the Democratic nomination

Despite the obligatory stump-speech mentions of renewable energy and "green-collar" jobs, the two remaining contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination... More

The Skeptics Ball

Heartland Institute conference tests news judgment

To cover, perhaps, but how? That has been at least one journalist's dilemma this week while dealing with a recent,... More

Wiring Journalism 2.0

Brad Stenger on the intersection of the press and computer science

How are the media adapting to the new digital technologies that power blogs, interactive graphics, and social networks? Quickly is... More

Bro, Sweet Chemistry Tat!

New blog showcases science in body ink

Yes, even science nerds get ink done - a double helix on the back, the chemical structure of serotonin on... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

Bloggingheads

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

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