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EPA Ruling Sets an Ambitious Menu For the Press

As “triumphant” as Monday’s decision may be for environmentalists, for the press the story is just beginning.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from... More

For ABC, Weather Equals Climate Change

ABCNews.com featured a poll Wednesday that was so egregiously nitwitted that it deserves comment.

We usually ignore inane network online news polls that ask readers to weigh in on current debates by clicking on... More

Scientific American’s Experiment in Wiki-Reporting

When the news of the oldest hominid fossil on record broke this fall, the magazine’s lineup was packed — so its editors tried an experiment they had been kicking around for months.

In September, a team of scientists, led by paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged, announced the results of a study on the 3.3-million-year-old... More

A Syndicated Column Preaches Beyond the Green Choir

Doug Moss, editor of E — The Environment Magazine, talks about how to present environmental and scientific issues to the public, and promoting his magazine.

"EarthTalk," a weekly, syndicated, Q&A-style column about the environment, might seem a little earthy-crunchy at first. Its publisher, E --... More

Murdoch Goes Green, and His Empire Follows

Rupert Murdoch, traditionally no friend to the science of climate change, has begun to change his tune, will NewsCorp?

It was like the sun rising in the west. For over a decade, Rupert Murdoch had disputed the science of... More

In the U.K., a Bang; In the U.S., Whimper

There are roughly 3,500 miles between Washington, D.C. and London. For journalists, those miles might as well be light years.

There are roughly 3,500 miles between Washington, D.C. and London -- for journalists, those miles might as well be light... More

Reporters Turn Ghostbusters for Halloween

Surprising, but true: A smattering of reporters managed to ditch the lame cliches of writing about Halloween to actually do some timely reporting.

For at least three Octobers now, reporters have littered newspaper pages with stories about the worrisome rise in "sexy" Halloween... More

God Versus Science — Back in the News

A new book about religious belief has been burning up the pages of newspapers and magazines lately, and the outlook for a peaceful solution looks bleak.

God versus science is back in the news -- again. As sure as Newton's Third Law of Motion, that every... More

Half Full or Half Empty? U.S. Glass has 300 Million Drops of Water

As the United States population reached 300 million early this morning, reporters took the opportunity to provide a State of the Union address of sorts.

Look into the melting pot and describe what you see. That was the challenge confronting journalists as the United States... More

Inhofe, Climate Change and Those Alarmist Reporters

On Monday, Sen. James Inhofe railed against climate research and the scientific press. But untangling his arguments about bad science and bad reporting is a difficult task.

It's hard to tell what Senator James Inhofe loathes more: the scientific consensus that climate change poses serious threats, or... More

The AJC Takes the CDC’s Temperature

On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke yet another solid investigative story about the Centers for Disease Control.

As Americans pick the spinach out of their salads and sandwiches, and patients contact doctors to ask if there will... More

A Reporting Error Frozen in Time?

Writing about issues such as global warming is complicated, and too few reporters brush up on their science when doing so.

Science writers often face the same technical difficulty as foreign correspondents -- their sources speak a different language. In the... More

The Economist Wants to Put Greenbacks Behind Green Industry

In presenting the story of global warming, the convention of providing journalistic “balance” runs up against its logical limit.

"The Heat is On," says The Economist. The warning is emblazoned on the magazine's Sept. 9 cover, over a photograph... 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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