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BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access

Despite promises to facilitate oil spill coverage, limited transparency persists in the Gulf

Despite repeated promises to improve transparency, BP, the United States government, and their contractors are still inhibiting the media’s ability... More

All Talk and No Oil Cap Makes Barack A Dull Boy

A roundup of press coverage of and reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill

Eight weeks into the biggest oil spill disaster in American history and beset by criticism of the federal reaction to... More

Like Oil, Few Answers Rise to Surface

Replies to some of our readers’ “seeping questions” about the Gulf spill

Editor’s Note: In a recent News Meeting question, CJR asked readers what they wanted to know about the ongoing oil... More

Going underwater with the AP

Via Joe Strupp (once of Editor & Publisher, now with Media Matters) here's a clip of AP reporter Rich Matthews... More

The Siphoning Solution

More on “kinky math” and mechanical Band-Aids for the oil spill

On Monday afternoon, BP reported that it was capturing about 11,000 barrels per day of the oil that has been... More

Mechanical Band-Aids

Press wrestles with techno-optimism while BP seeks to stop oil spill

Thank God or whomever. The nuclear option has never been, and never will be, on the table amongst other options... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

See No Evil, Report No Evil

Covering the oil spill, reporters must ensure that what’s out of sight isn’t out of mind

The gall of BP and their federal overseers in withholding the fact that the “top kill” effort was suspended for... More

Muddling On

Lukewarm media reception to comprehensive new reports on climate change

The Earth is warming thanks to the human industrial complex, we must price carbon emissions in some way and soon... More

Who’s Watching the World, Now?

Changes in media climate snuff out two in-depth environmental reporting outlets

With untold millions of gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf and a troubling outlook for energy legislation in... More

Go Fish

Have reporters paid sufficient attention to the Gulf spill’s impact on marine life?

On Tuesday morning, Agence France-Presse reported that “Louisiana's charter fishermen are slamming media coverage of the Gulf oil spill for... More

EPA Officials Demand Anonymity

“Hush-hush” conference calls anger reporters

Twice in the last three months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered reporters not to name the agency officials... More

A “Slick” Numbers Game

Fixation on exact spill rate belies worrisome uncertainties

Monday night, Jon Stewart laid into coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, noting the disaster... More

Crude Coverage at the Times

News analysis displays gross lack of concern about Gulf spill

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded on April 20, causing the massive oil spill currently unfolding in the Gulf... More

Paper or Pixels?

News Corp.’s efforts to go carbon-neutral raise questions about the future of sustainable publishing

Amidst the steady decline of newspaper circulation in the U.S., could industry concern for carbon emissions affect the relationship between... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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