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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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