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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

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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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