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The Observatory

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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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The expectations game

Blogs drive MSM speculation about Higgs announcement

Excited speculation about the discovery of one of physics’ most sought-after particles is coming in waves now, with media outlets... More

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Press war Down Under

A mining mogul’s battle with an Australian media group shakes the industry

Fairfax Limited, one of Australia’s largest media conglomerates, is at war with its largest individual shareholder, the world’s richest woman.... More

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Our polar backyard

Economist explores what a melting Arctic means to the world

The Arctic is not under-covered. Some might even say the opposite is true. The polar bear has been “the poster... More

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Rio+20 side events become the main event

Does the summit deserve the scorn and indifference it has received from the media?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Tragedy and farce. Those are the two general impressions conveyed by much of the world’s... More

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“Prophet of Katrina” stays put

Times-Picayune’s ace environment reporter sticks with Nola Media Group

The man The New York Times called “a prophet of Katrina’s wrath” for his prescient coverage of New Orleans’ vulnerability... More

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How creativity works? Not like that.

Science writer Jonah Lehrer accused of self-plagiarism

The author of a recent book about how creativity works is finding out the hard way that the answer is... More

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Rio+20 roundup

Coverage of the UN sustainable development summit revs up, or not

Big, international summits geared toward protecting the environment and promoting sustainability just don’t have the cachet that they used to.... More

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Adrift in a sea of (no) coverage

For two years, little in the news about battle over National Ocean Policy

Last October, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called on the press to pay more attention to the Obama administration’s... More

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Covering the animal within

Zoobiquity promotion belies activity in comparative medicine

The promo machine for an upcoming book, Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing,... More

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NSF invests in literary science journalism

Creative nonfiction program seeks emerging writers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) doubled down on literary science journalism this year. Actually, it quintupled down. In 2010, NSF... More

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An eye on environmental justice

EHN series focuses on an under-covered angle on toxics

A number of media reports in last year have examined the impacts of toxic pollution on communities, but few have... More

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Salt Lake Tribune takes Grantham Prize

$75,000 award goes to series about threatened forests for second year in a row

For the second year in a row “the world’s richest journalism prize” went to a series of articles about threatened... More

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How to improve environmental coverage?

Project sets broad goals, learns to adapt

Fixing the news is a tall order, or so the Project for Improved Environmental Coverage is learning. The effort launched... More

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CBS News hires M. Sanjayan

Lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy to cover science, environment

Network news got a little better this month. CBS News announced in early May that it had hired M. Sanjayan,... 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


‘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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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