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Interview with Clay Shirky, Part II

“Newspapers have discovered civic function awfully late to be taken seriously”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I

“There’s always a new Luddism whenever there’s change.”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Maggie Jackson on the Erosion of Attention

The author of Distracted talks about information overload

Journalist Maggie Jackson is the author of 2008's Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She recently... More

Kluge: Gary Marcus on Attention and the Brain

The cognitive psychologist talks to CJR about how the brain works

Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University, where he studies developmental cognitive neuroscience. In his latest... More

David Shenk on Data Smog

The journalist and author talks to CJR about information overload

Journalist David Shenk has been writing about the topic of information overload for over a decade. In his 1997 book... More

How Attention Networks Work: Transcript

Cognitive psychologist Michael Posner on the neurological bases for attention

Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Posner is an internationally recognized expert on attentional networks and cognition. CJR contributor Russ Juskalian recently... More

Larry King: Curing Cancer with Consciousness

When coverage of science goes from ignorant to dangerous

In the late 1970s, after putting a homemade pyramid on her head, Judy Zebra Knight (neé Judith Darlene Hampton) says... More

China: Just Sweeping People Under The Bed?

Clutter=bad analogy

The most recent edition of Play, The New York Times's quarterly sports magazine, had an interesting essay by freelance writer... More

Book Review: Microcosm

Carl Zimmer uses E. coli as telescope on life

In February 1982, physicians in Medford, Oregon encountered an unknown pathogen that waged a sort of intelligent biochemical warfare against... More

Launch: Yale Environment 360

Roger Cohn endeavors to make ends meet online

Two seemingly disparate things dominate the chatter coming from the journalism world these days: coverage of the environment, and the... More

Flogging a “Dead” Climate Bill

Why the press must cover Lieberman-Warner as if it had legs

Washington, vis-à-vis the Bush Administration, has shirked its responsibility to take on global warming for years, so the Climate Security... More

The Mysterious Epigenetics

Reporters need to guide readers through the fog

When the Human Genome Project (HPG) was hot news in the press five to ten years ago, there was a... More

The Early Life of the Gas-Tax Story

Reporters let bloggers and columnists do the work

The possible suspension of the federal gas tax has become a big issue in the presidential race, and the latest... More

The True Color of “Green-Collar” Jobs

Press wrestles with definition and economic reality

When John Edwards bowed out of the Democratic primary in January, the presidential race lost its most vocal supporter of... More

Gore Wants You!

The anatomy and coverage of his “We” PR blitz

Last Sunday, in a mostly unremarkable 60 Minutes piece hosted by Lesley Stahl, former vice president Al Gore and the... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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

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