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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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