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Weighing the Environmental Vote

From Iowa to New Hampshire, more enthusiasm than action

On New Year's Eve, three days before the Iowa caucuses began, The Des Moines Register published a campaign story under... More

Science And Religion

Journal’s survey delivers best reporting yet on presidential hopefuls and a host of scientific issues

As Iowans prepare to go caucusing, the journal Science offers a ten-page special report* on four Democrats and five Republicans'... More

No Such Thing as Dumb Questions?

League of Conservation Voters says TV news overlooks climate

The League of Conservation Voters has issued a challenge to the top cable and network TV news reporters: quit asking... More

Climate Goes Prime-Time with Couric

CBS candidate interviews lack substance, but the time slot’s hard to beat

Global warming went prime-time last night as CBS's Katie Couric asked each of the presidential candidates to answer a single... More

Iowa Hog Farms and Presidential Politics

MSNBC.com delivers unique report on local campaign issue

With less than month until the first presidential caucus, the media are turning more of their attention to Iowa, where... More

Journal Plays a Broken Record

Editorial board is clearly still bitter about Gore and climate

The disconnect between The Wall Street Journal's excellent coverage of climate change as a credible, man-made threat, and its editorial... More

A Silver Lining at the Union-Tribune

Environment reporters not eligible for buyouts

Tough times at the The San Diego Union-Tribune - the paper wants to cut 43 newsroom employees. After buying out... More

Staying Together for The Earth

Marriage More Eco-Friendly Than Divorce

Yesterday, news outlets around the country jumped on a particularly lame study that just appeared in the journal Proceedings of... More

Fake Press Release Tricks the Morning News

Bali climate talks provoke little excitement otherwise

Despite some 1,500 articles from around the world already (according a Google search), there is as yet little news coming... More

Obama’s NASA Plan Gets Little Play

Most reporters miss intersection of science, education in the campaign

With a few notable exceptions, journalists missed an opportunity to rip into a rare intersection of education and science on... More

NYT Runs Out of Energy

Phones in an “issue” story

It looked promising, at first: a story on the front page of the The New York Times business section that... More

“Evangelicalese 101”

The green message is right, but what about the messengers?

Evangelicals are the swing voters to watch in 2008. At least, that's the impression one gets from the large number... More

Fusing Climate to the Campaign

First presidential forum on energy a sign of (slow) progress

Three presidential candidates gathered at a forum in Los Angeles on Saturday to talk specifically about global warming and energy... More

Where is the Climate ‘Middle’?

Revkin’s new Dot Earth blog sparks healthy debate

In late October, The New York Times finally gave its climate reporter, Andrew Revkin, what he has wanted for some... More

Climate Consensus: Bravery or Blunder?

WaPo raises possibility that anti-warming platforms might not win

In early October, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama unveiled their campaign platforms on energy and the environment. John Edwards hasn't... More

Bloomberg Overshadows Edwards

Mayor’s proposal to tax carbon gets top coverage

John Edwards spun through New Orleans like a, well, not like a hurricane. On Saturday he blew in and out... More

Those Complicated California Wildfires

Journalists, scientists analyze carbon emissions

It's almost inevitable these days: from hurricanes, to drought, to wildfires, people want to know (and journalists can't help asking)... More

The “Other” Water Problem

Journalists turn from rising seas to shrinking reservoirs

In a long, New York Times Magazine cover story last weekend, Jon Gertner envisioned a dry future in the American... More

Inhofe In The Crosshairs

Senator Makes 2008 “Dirty Dozen” List

The novelties of this presidential race have captured so much media attention that the need to also elect a suite... More

Low-Hanging Fruit

SacBee: Enviro-Journalists are Softies?

Whoa now. It's not often that I see another media critic writing about environmental journalism. The notion that we need... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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