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What does ‘healthier’ mean?

Coverage of organic-food study plays loose with the term

“Healthier” is a word the media often use without enough care, and that shortcoming was on full display during last... More

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Yao Ming and the elephant massacre

Recent coverage of the African poaching crisis strikes at supply and demand

After weeks of the media mostly failing to realize why basketball star Yao Ming’s trip to Kenya was fairly important... More

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Conventions create climate coverage

While ScienceDebate.org gets some answers

The presidential candidates are still treating it like a back-burner issue, but the Republican and Democratic national conventions incited a... More

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Water woes

Regional papers turn out series on sea level, drought

Exposés about the changing climate in the polar north are great, and all the more important in light of reports... More

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CBS goofs up the green beat

Network fails to disclose M. Sanjayan’s affiliation and ties to source

Only two months after hiring him, CBS News has already botched a report from its new science and environment contributor,... More

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Candidates clam up on climate

Reporters call out Obama and Romney’s silence

Nary a word has been spoken about climate change on the presidential campaign trail, and it’s a silence that some... More

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UPI shirks responsibility

Raeburn takes wire to task for cribbing from Science News

The plagiarism, or problematic paraphrasing, parade continued on Thursday as several reporters from Science News complained on Facebook that the... More

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Covering Romney in Ohio’s coal country

Visit draws sharp questions from across state line, and solid stories from big-city papers

OHIO — When Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into the tiny Appalachian town of Beallsville in the eastern part of... More

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Ryan re-energizes coverage

VP candidate brings fossil fuels, alternatives back into focus

Paul Ryan’s selection as the GOP’s candidate for vice president has renewed debate about, and coverage of, the stark differences... More

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Sex and sensationalism

Researchers accuse press of ‘licentious’ coverage of animal studies

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in... More

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The science of performance

Reuters writer reviews the research amid London Olympics

Does sex diminish athletic vigor? Does athletic tape enhance it? These are just a few of the questions that one... More

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Muller’s media circus

Did the press fall for a climate-change publicity stunt?

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller was all over the media last week talking about his “total turnaround” from global-warming skeptic... More

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The bright-young-things hypothesis

Jonah Lehrer’s mistakes are not our fault

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a... More

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Diet wars turn family feud

Why the Times’s Gina Kolata has it out for the Times’s Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is one of the most interesting health writers in the country. He is an exhaustive researcher, an astute... More

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Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker

Tablet busts the writer for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned as a staff writer for The New Yorker following revelations that he made up... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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