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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

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From SOS to SMS

Mobile journalism service aims to protect Indonesian forests, connect villages

WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA—Alim, the chief of news for Ruai TV, remembers when the area didn’t have a privately operated... More

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Evolved for exhibitionism?

Wired column makes weak claims about human behavior, psychology

“Sound the evo-psych bullshit klaxon!” British science journalist Ed Yong tweeted on Thursday. He was right to be concerned. Yong’s... More

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Reparative journalism

Reporter sinks a controversial paper on “ex-gay” therapy

It’s not often that a journalist convinces a prominent scientist to recant a controversial study that he has tenaciously defended... More

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The western frontier

KQED Quest, Pacific Standard keep their eyes on the other coast

American media may cluster in the east, but the west is still the land of pioneers, even in the domains... More

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USA Today’s oily, gassy rainbow

Detailed cover story a bit too rosy about ‘energy independence’

USA Today sees an oily, gassy rainbow on America’s energy horizon. “Energy independence isn’t just a pipe dream,” read a... More

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter


39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

Bloggingheads

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

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