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Lemmings like us

Businessweek’s climate-change broadside is powerful, but ignores the allure of waterfront property

Hurricane Sandy finally got the media talking about climate change last week, but Bloomberg Businessweek spoke the loudest with a... More

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Bad hippie!

Is it wrong to ‘scold’ exaggerations about climate and weather?

David Roberts has a long essay over at Grist complaining about "scolds" (The New York Times’s Andrew Revkin, in particular)... More

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Sandy’s climate context

Why generalizing about extreme weather helps no one

It should come as no surprise that as Hurricane Sandy spiraled up the eastern seaboard, a variety of media outlets... More

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Jenny McCarthy as a Sun-Times columnist?

Science writers are skeptical, though McCarthy won’t promote a fake link between vaccines and autism there

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. The Chicago Sun-Times created controversy... More

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Junkets masquerading as prizes

To avoid conflicts of interest, read the fine print

With dwindling support for travel in most newsrooms, journalists may be tempted to apply for one of the many prizes... More

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Ask Obama and Romney this: What about climate change?

Schieffer misses media’s last chance to pop the question on a big stage

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Debunking the ‘war on coal,’ take two

The AP gets it right the second time around

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Such was The Associated Press’s approach this month to explaining the... More

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Turner’s turnaround

LA Times columnist learns that evaluating electric vehicles is harder than it seems

Twice in the past six months, the media have gotten carried away with stories portraying electric vehicles as unreservedly bad... More

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The vilification of electric vehicles

Media botch full explanation of the latest research

When comparing electric vehicles (EVs) to gas-powered vehicles, most studies have focused on the electricity or fuel consumed while driving,... More

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The good news about organics

And why the media tend to ignore it

In the long-running debate about whether organic food is more healthy and nutritious than the conventional variety, the press has... More

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TNR causes trouble for coal baron

Exposé on pressuring employees to make campaign contributions stirs inquiry

The New Republic stirred up a bit of trouble for coal baron Robert Murray by revealing the aggressiveness with which... More

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Jackpot lost

Is a $75K prize or better training more likely to improve environmental coverage?

The backers of one of journalism’s richest awards are bringing the prize to an end, betting that professional development, rather... More

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The value of skepticism

Why science reporters should question research

Skepticism has earned a bad name in recent years thanks to those who doubt the consensus that human industry is... More

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No debate about environment

Hopes for questions about climate, public lands fall flat

The presidential candidates didn’t talk about the environment during their first debate on Wednesday. Nobody really expected them to; they... More

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BPI’s beef with ABC News

‘Pink slime’ defamation suit a long shot, media report

The maker of “lean, finely textured beef,” which critics call “pink slime,” is unlikely to prevail in a defamation lawsuit... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


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.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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