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Selling Science

Two Articles Wonder How to Encourage More Research

Two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story called "The Amateur Hour" about how "America's basement... More

Calling Captains Nemo and Ahab

Tales from the deep

This week, reporters raised two fascinating stories from the ocean depths. The first, which got a lot of press coverage,... More

Listening to Live Earth

Did Audiences “Hear” the World’s Biggest Concert?

As the twenty-four-hour, seven-continent, do-something-about-climate-change Live Earth concert was drawing to a close on Saturday, Microsoft reported that the event... More

Of Bootlegged Liquor and Heavy Cars

What Sweden Will and Won’t Sacrifice for the Environment

Forget France, the U.K., Germany, and Italy. They may be G8 members, but Sweden is the country out to make... More

Rolling Stone Breaks Climate News!

Well, sort of …

A couple weeks ago, Rolling Stone unveiled a sixteen-page report on "The Climate Crisis," following a long line of national... More

At Scientific American, Shirt Now Matches Socks

A Q&A with Editor in Chief John Rennie

This month, Scientific American unveiled a redesign of its monthly magazine. While not at all radical, the changes said a... More

Gimmick lead, redux

The point of pointless interactivity

As someone who sifts through reams of science news every day, I am always grateful to journalists that throw the... More

Just the Facts, and Opinions Too

Framing science in a fragmented media world

Scientists must do a better job making their research understandable and meaningful to the press and the public, even if... More

California Crud

NYT Sunday Styles captures the stink of the beach

Props to The New York Times' Sunday Styles section for running a good story about Southern California beach pollution yesterday.... More

Beating Around the Bush

The president turns 180˚ on climate

All around the world, reporters are responding to George W. Bush's reversal on American climate policy. In a speech in... More

Water Under the Dam? Hardly.

The fight for water

The battle for water is on in the American west. Reeling from a year of drought that produced the lowest... More

NYT’s “Basics” column needs an editor

Back to basics

In January, The New York Times launched a new column in its Tuesday science section called "Basics," written by Pulitzer... More

Not Your Grandma’s Science Fair

CNN stands out

It's that time of year. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicted that the upcoming 2007 hurricane season would have... More

We have been promised monsters!

But where are they?

I'm feeling let down. On Monday, The Boston Globe carried a short blurb about the Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project... More

The best source of environmental stories that you’ve never heard of

What you should know about “green” ads.

If you make it green, people will buy. Or so goes the current marketing philosophy. Today’s news pages are filled... More

Hansen v. Cockburn in the The Nation, With Nothing at Stake

The global warming debate goes nowhere in this slow-motion battle of wits.

The folks at The Nation offer readers an intriguing new punch-counterpunch this month. The current online issue includes a short... More

Congested Coverage

Forget “congestion pricing,” PlaNYC needs the press’s deep and sustained attention.

It’s been a little over a week since mayor Mike Bloomberg unveiled his twenty-five-year plan for climate change and... More

Surprise, MTV’s Environmental News Rocks

MTV rediscovers some of the social consciousness that it once proudly displayed.

Sunday was Earth Day, sort of like the environmental movement's Fourth of July. The event got a lot of attention... More

Emissions Markets: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The press, the markets and politicians get all mixed up.

A global warming debate yesterday at New York University between Senator John Kerry, a Democrat, and former congressman Newt Gingrich,... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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