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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 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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