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Climate coverage rebound?

Maybe, but the press has a long way to go

There are signs that climate-change coverage is poised for a rebound after three years of decline, experts say, but the... More

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Another round of Cosmos

An American popular scientist in the Carl Sagan tradition, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he tweets, and why the US needs to rediscover its space mojo

When it comes to making science popular and accessible, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson does it all. He’s the director... More

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Must-reads of 2012: science

Let your dork flag fly

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. The dream that failed... More

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Fronting for fossil fuels

A study says that the media rarely discloses think tanks’ industry funding

According to a report released in early December by the Checks & Balances Project, a self-avowed “pro-clean energy watchdog group,”... More

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Weathercasters on climate

Rolling Stone refuses to let sleeping dogs lie

Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell rang an old bell in early December when he called out TV weathercasters for saying almost... More

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Lanza, autism, and violence

Critics try to stem media conjecture after Newtown shooting

As with so many senseless acts of violence— including the shootings in Aurora, CO, last summer and Tucson, AZ, the... More

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Flight of the bloggers

Despite recent departures, Discover is rebuilding fast

Amidst a move from New York to Wisconsin, Discover magazine has lost some of its most popular science bloggers in... More

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‘Synbio’ coverage on the rise

Articles focus on ethics and biosafety, study says

You know an urban neighborhood is up and coming when it gets an abbreviation like “SoMa,” for the district south... More

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Carney’s conspiracy theory

White House Press Secretary sees GOP operatives in good journalism

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed GOP operatives for revealing that Susan Rice, President Obama’s presumed favorite... More

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Dull news from Doha

UN climate summit a ho-hum affair for the press

The United Nations climate-change summit that began in Doha, Qatar, on Monday has so far been a ho-hum affair for... More

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Highway to the danger zone

Following Sandy, HuffPo and NYT dig into the folly of coastal development

Hurricane Sandy renewed the media’s interest in the many foolish ways that we increase our vulnerability to extreme weather. There’s... More

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Climate roller coaster back on track

With Obama talking global warming, media see ups and downs

At his first post-election press conference on Wednesday, President Obama talked about his current position on climate change in greater... More

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Salazar threatens to ‘punch out’ reporter

Interior Secretary angered by tough questions at Obama campaign event

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar threatened to “punch out” a journalist for having the temerity to ask him questions... More

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Take a beat

Media pump too much news from heart association meeting, critic says

More than 10,000 stories came out of the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), which took place in... More

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Obama and the environment

Media react to the election with speculation, some insights

Journalists didn’t leave energy and the environment out of post-election speculation about what President Obama’s second term might look like.... More

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Lemmings like us

Businessweek’s climate-change broadside is powerful, but ignores the allure of waterfront property

Hurricane Sandy finally got the media talking about climate change last week, but Bloomberg Businessweek spoke the loudest with a... More

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Bad hippie!

Is it wrong to ‘scold’ exaggerations about climate and weather?

David Roberts has a long essay over at Grist complaining about "scolds" (The New York Times’s Andrew Revkin, in particular)... More

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Sandy’s climate context

Why generalizing about extreme weather helps no one

It should come as no surprise that as Hurricane Sandy spiraled up the eastern seaboard, a variety of media outlets... More

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Junkets masquerading as prizes

To avoid conflicts of interest, read the fine print

With dwindling support for travel in most newsrooms, journalists may be tempted to apply for one of the many prizes... More

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Ask Obama and Romney this: What about climate change?

Schieffer misses media’s last chance to pop the question on a big stage

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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