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The Climate for Science Reporting

A new report shows a surge in climate change coverage

Early in December 2009, politicians, media representatives, and NGO officials queued up outside the Bella Center from eight in the... More

How to Dow

Careless coverage of the Dow Jones Industrial Average can mislead readers

Stock-market indices offer an alluring impression of rigor and certainty. But what do they really mean? The University of Michigan... More

The Public Screen

A study on collective viewing experiences

The television set had arrived in the majority of American households by 1955. Inspired by the popular ideals of domesticity,... More

Any Questions?

Sociolinguists study the changes in presidential press conferences over five decades

Sociolinguists are sociologists who study how people talk to one another. They are typically interested in naturally occurring speech, but... More

In ACORN’s Shadow

A new analysis of the community-organizing group’s history shows the media was less than fair

Remember ACORN, the community-organizing group that got caught in the electoral crossfire between one-time community organizer Barack Obama and a... More

Snapshots of War

WikiLeaks isn’t the first site to publish controversial material from a war zone

In April, WikiLeaks released a graphic video entitled “Collateral Murder,” which shows U.S. soldiers shooting from a helicopter on a... More

Philadelphia Story

A study in the City of Brotherly Love suggests what’s been lost, and what can be gained

Everybody knows that newspapers have been cutting jobs, cutting services, cutting corners. It is not so widely acknowledged that these... More

French Connections

What do different press styles have to do with distinct political cultures?

If you think about European print media at all, you are likely to think of newspapers that stake out ideologically... More

True to Form

Online journalism, like print journalism, can be a variety of things

Even the ways we think about revolutionary forces shape our revolutions. Revolutions are products of multiple institutional and personal decisions,... More

Beyond Transparency

Is more information always a good thing?

A picture is worth a thousand words—but to whom? To the people who see it? Or to those who present... More

Mourning Becomes Electric

The rituals of grief can still bring a fragmented audience together

Fragmented. Few words are used more often to describe the media environment today. People disappear into their iPods, iPhones, BlackBerrys,... More

Opening Minds

Can the media persuade audiences to embrace a fresh outlook?

Viewers of The Colbert Report do not all see the same show. Liberals see host Stephen Colbert as a liberal... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

This one sentence explains what’s wrong with the Web

We escaped the tyranny of MSM gatekeepers only to replace it with the tyranny of the “news of the day”

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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