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Science Journalism

Past, present, and futuristic

Around the block from the Miracle of Science café, in a corner of Cambridge surrounding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,... More

Dispatches from AAAS

A few thoughts on meeting’s media-oriented panels

Despite the surge of recent interest in environmental articles, global warming remains a “fourth-tier” story in the press. So said... More

Dispatches from AAAS

The big news from the annual science conference

Boston - The American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting concluded here today. Every year, the extravaganza inspires... More

The Environment, Writ Small

Regional coverage has struggled to connect candidates’ general goals to local needs

On Monday, the day before the presidential primaries in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun published what has now become a... More

Blue Genes (or Red)

Are liberal/conservative political beliefs heritable?

On Monday, I wrote a column about "neuropunditry," a new trend in campaign journalism. Basically, it is the idea that... More

Columbia Presents 2007 Oakes Awards

Winners cover radioactive pollution, coastal erosion, and melting ice caps

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Times carried home the annual John B. Oakes Award for... More

Beware of “Neuropunditry”

Slate keeps tabs on a flimsy new trend

On Super Tuesday, CNN broadcast a weak science news segment about a brain-imaging machine that the reporter called a "neurological... More

Obama’s Energy Equivocations

NYT follows up on another flip-flop

A little more than a year ago, Barack Obama caused a bit of an uproar when he introduced legislation in... More

GOP Candidates Back Emissions Waiver

Who saw that consensus coming?

Earlier this week, I posted a column about an editorial in The Sacramento Bee, which pressed all the presidential candidates... More

A “Slow-Blog” Movement?

Clinton’s cryptic quote causes frustration

A cryptic quote from Bill Clinton about how dealing with climate change will affect the economy is causing quite a... More

WSJ Launches New Environment Blog

Is this Murdoch’s influence?

The Wall Street Journal launched a new environment blog yesterday, called Environmental Capital. It stirred some immediate debate over at... More

The Candidates on California’s Emissions Waiver

The SacBee gets some answers, sort of

Since the Iowa caucuses, campaign-trail discourse about climate change and energy has waned. "Media consign global warming to back burner,"... More

News Director Quits Over Hospital Deal

WEAU-TV in Wisconsin’s arrangement called unethical

A week and a half ago, Glen Mabie resigned as news director for WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin after one... More

Bismarck Tribune Walks a Tightrope

Carbon series balances concerns for climate and local economy

Global warming, as the name implies, is a whole-Earth problem. The climate does not differentiate between greenhouse gases produced in... More

The MRSA-Gay Connection

Press slaps its own wrist for mischaracterizing research

The press performed a minor mea culpa over the weekend, explaining that a new multidrug-resistant and especially virulent strain of... More

Journalism 2.0 on Science 2.0

How the Web is shaping next-generation reporting

Web 2.0 - the "second generation" Internet of user-oriented social networks, wikis, blogs, and information-tagging devices - has spawned at... More

Pushing for a Science Debate

Journalists join effort to convince the candidates

The day after the New Hampshire primary, the CEO of Clean Air-Cool Planet, an environmental group, contributed an op-ed to... More

CJR Launches The Observatory

A new department to critique the coverage of science and the environment

Columbia Journalism Review is proud to announce the launch of The Observatory, a full-time department dedicated to critiquing the press... More

Rolling Craps in New Hampshire

The storied prediction markets fared little better than the polls

Journalists, politicians and statisticians continue to scramble to figure out why, exactly, the polls predicting an easy victory for Barack... More

“Pundits, Savants and Gurus,” Oh My!

The slow dissolution of conventional wisdom at CNN

Two minutes before the polls closed in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, CNN's Jeff Toobin said to Anderson Cooper, "I'm... 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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