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No, Ebola is not spreading to the US

Some news orgs jumped on an outbreak as a chance to spread unlikely hype

Infectious disease outbreaks usually afford news outlets the opportunity to post dramatic, attention-grabbing headlines, and the recent Ebola outbreak in... More

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The IPCC presser was livestreamed, but those present still got the best stories

Digital connection can only get reporters so far

Associated Press environment reporter Seth Borenstein was in Yokohama, Japan, for the release of a blockbuster UN report Monday that... More

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Polar Bears ‘R’ Us

The latest edition of a UN report makes a media-ready case for the imminent dangers of climate change

A highly anticipated UN report, to be officially released Monday in Yokohama, Japan, puts a diverse human face on the... More

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The banality of ‘What We Know’ about climate change

Can a “boring” AAAS report change the global warming conversation?

Earlier in March, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the most prominent scientific society in the US, launched... More

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FiveThirtyEight’s disappointing science section

Science journalism could use an infusion of analysis, but FiveThirtyEight isn’t yet doing it rigorously or objectively

The internet hates Nate Silver today--at least the small quotient closely following the launch of his new site, FiveThirtyEight, this... More

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Americans learn about science from the internet; Brits watch TV

Two surveys of public attitudes towards science reveal national differences

Ipsos Mori, a market research organization based in London, just released a report on of public attitudes towards science, revealing... More

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How an algorithm helped the LAT scoop Monday’s quake

Everyone, that is, except those desk-diving anchors

On Monday morning, Ken Schwencke, a programmer and data reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was jolted awake at his... More

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The end of obesity, sort of

On the heels of a White House media blitz, two contrasting press releases reveal a misleading story

Last week's health headlines were punctuated by a conveniently timed bit of news: On the heels of the White House's... More

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To revitalize journalism, give it away

That’s the approach of Mosaic, a new science site that’s affixing a Creative Commons license to its longform

For the last few months, word of British digital science journalism upstart Mosaic has been circulating quietly, as a roster... More

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Bridging the print-Web divide

How OnEarth makes environmental longform work—for the internet

Last Thursday OnEarth published the kind of piece that harkens back to the old days of legacy journalism. Written by... More

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The persuasive power of the press release

Is printing a press release an automatic ethical lose for the Washington Post

Last week, the Washington Post eliminated a column published digitally in its science section following an article in the Knight... More

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A new ‘micro-publication’ for deep environmental and tech reporting

Climate Confidential needs 800 subscribers by March 6 to come to fruition

A group of freelance reporters are on a mission to produce a new kind of science journalism. Called Climate Confidential,... More

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The Daily Beast suggests Philip Seymour Hoffman should’ve kicked addiction with fatherhood

The piece neglects to incorporate how addiction works

In December, CJR took Daily Beast Columnist Michael Daly to task for publishing a "notable exception" to otherwise responsible media... More

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An ambiguous Medium

An essay about an inappropriate love affair tears open the problems with the two-tiered platform

Last week, Medium editor Arikia Millikan published a coming-of-age essay chronicling a stilted affair she'd had with a married (and... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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