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UEA E-Mails Fail to Provoke

Wary of “Climategate,” reporters treat latest leak as minor news

Uneager, perhaps, to provoke the type of criticism that followed the dreadful coverage the “Climategate,” journalists have treated the emergence... More

Congress Nixes Climate Service

GOP lawmakers deny NOAA proposal to create central information hub

Congress has denied the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) bid to create a promising “one stop shop” for data... More

WSJ Marginalizes Muller

Climate-change op-ed didn’t run in the paper’s US edition

Media Matters, a group dedicated to bird-dogging conservative spin in the press, made a good catch last week when it... More

Frozen Planet Freezes Out Climate

BBC’s polar series unwisely sets apart episode about global warming

The BBC is taking a mild pummeling for giving foreign television networks the option not to buy an episode about... More

The Kochs and Keystone XL

InsideClimate fails to make its case about brothers’ interest in the pipeline—but it should keep trying

Koch Industries, a giant oil and energy conglomerate, has InsideClimate News, a four-year-old online news startup, in its crosshairs. In... More

Like the Odds of a Heart Attack?

The limits of medical analogies for the climate-weather connection

With the latest death toll from floods in Thailand reaching nearly 400 people, reporters have had yet another opportunity to... More

Cracking the Case

Why is it so difficult to cover investigations of environmental crimes?

The federal civil and criminal investigations of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continue to be a... More

Salazar Calls for Coverage

Interior Secretary highlights underreported environment stories

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar had a few tips for environmental journalists last week about under-covered stories on their... More

The Scientist Lives

LabX Media Group signs intent to purchase

A potential buyer has emerged to save The Scientist from early retirement. A week after it was reported that... More

Astill on Covering Forests

Grantham Prize winner discusses his series for The Economist

It’s often hard for reporters to see the forest for the trees, said James Astill, the newly anointed energy and... More

An Empty Seat

Government fails to show for science news, transparency event

Federal officials invited to participate in a public forum at the National Press Club last week about a lack transparency... More

The Scientist Closes

25th anniversary issue of the venerable magazine will be the last

Having just published a special twenty-fifth anniversary issue in October, employees of the The Scientist, a venerable monthly magazine and... More

Plant Food: Does Carbon Count?

Admirable NYT article on forests misses one important point

On Saturday, The New York Times ran a front page story about the state of the world’s forests, their role... More

CJR Event: Science News and Government Transparency

Access denied

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public? An... More

Transparency Watch: A Closed Door

From the EPA to NASA, the FDA to OSHA, President Obama has failed to make science accessible

In July 2009, just months after President Obama took office promising to revolutionize government transparency, leaders of the Society of... More

Why the Sun Set on Solyndra

How the bad news about green jobs could be better

With Labor Day on the horizon, it was another grim week in green-job news, as a solar panel manufacturer in... More

Media Hurricane Hype?

Irene spurs debate about the quality of news coverage

Anderson Cooper and a CNN crew covering Irene on Sunday, August 28. Photo by Sean Hemmerle. “An Epic Deluge,” read... More

Gamey Green Jobs Coverage

NYT, others hack off slices of Brookings-Battelle report

On Tuesday, climate blogger Joseph Romm blasted a New York Times article about green jobs for ignoring “explosive” growth... More

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

An oil-spill book relies too heavily on cut-and-paste work

This spring, Amanda Mascarelli, a freelance journalist based in Colorado, was in the process of reviewing A Sea in Flames,... More

Climate Questions for the GOP

What to ask candidates so clearly unconcerned?

During last week’s Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire, CNN’s John King, who served as moderator, asked questions about... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

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