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Eschew the Scientific Sound Bite

A response to the oil plume paradox

As the lead author on a recent paper published in Science Express, describing subsurface plumes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster,... More

The Oil Plume Paradox

Coverage of various studies engenders frustration

Pinpointing the amount of oil lingering in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be a source of frustration for journalists... More

Gulf Coast Guessing Game

Fresh wave of articles highlight uncertainty about lingering oil

More scientific criticism of a government report that attempted to calculate the amount oil left in the Gulf of Mexico... More

More on Extreme Weather

Day Two stories go a step farther in drawing connection to climate change

Stories exploring a possible connection between climate change and extreme weather around the world continued over the weekend, with some... More

Temperate Coverage of Extreme Weather

Media put heat, floods in proper climatic context

More and more, reporters have been asking whether or not climate change could be responsible for this summer’s extreme weather.... More

Retraction Action

Oransky and Marcus keep tabs on retracted scientific papers

Late last month, the editors of The Lancet Oncology published an “expression of concern” regarding a paper published in 2007.... More

Media Scrutinize Spill Report

Day Two coverage quotes wider array of scientists

Many marine scientists lack complete faith in a federal report tracking the fate of the roughly 4.9 million barrels of... More

Risky Business

Times jumps the gun, irresponsibly dismisses threat of remaining oil

On Monday, I posted a story complaining that, following federal authorities’ announcement that the oil slicks on surface waters were... More

Blazing Trails, Changing Paths

Lessons from the first year in the life of Investigate West

When Investigate West, an investigative journalism site, sprung up last summer after the virtual collapse of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, we... More

“Missing” the Point

Absence of evident oil is not evidence of absent oil

Last week, the news media was awash with stories giving readers the impression that the Gulf of Mexico is no... More

BP Defines Deviancy Down

The national press is slow off the mark on the huge oil spill in Michigan

The national press stuffs a big story today on a massive new oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. Size, of... More

Chronicle Gives “Climategate” Probes Their Due

Even wary journalists find little evidence of whitewash

I've complained twice in the last month that the press is not giving recent climate-change news its due. Today, I... More

Climate Bill Blowout

It’s a big deal. Where’s the print coverage?

Following Senator Harry Reid’s decision to pull the plug on climate legislation Thursday, news sites lit up with lit up... More

Stephen Schneider: Climate Communicator

Remembering an esteemed scientist’s contributions to the media over three decades

Stephen Schneider was not an American household name. But within the ranks of science journalists and scientists, this Stanford University... More

Obits for Schneider Roll In

Reporters pay respect to climate scientist and “mediarologist”

The obituaries for Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, who suffered a fatal heart attack early Monday morning, are beginning... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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