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When scientists attack

A laurel to Environmental Health News for taking a hard look at the politics behind a controversial editorial

Spend extended time reading the science press, and it's easy to think that science is a one-note story about the... More

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Risky business

What uncertainty means for scientists vs. journalists

Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report summarizing six years of global warming science Friday, the mammoth... More

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To tell a complicated climate science story: simplify, shorten, list

Reporting on the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focused on short, Webby pieces

In a world of short attention spans, small screens, and social media, a massive United Nations report on the threat... More

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For the sake of science

PopSci’s ‘scientific’ justification for shutting down comments conveys the research poorly

The internet has largely weighed in on Popular Science's sudden decision to shut off its comments section earlier this week.... More

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Too much ado about gonads

Distracted by the SEO headline grab, reporters failed to capture the basic findings of a study

A piece of medical news made the rounds last week with the kind of fodder that makes Web editors dance... More

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#Oceanfall

The Seattle Times’ glitzy new digital package unveils a substantial piece of reporting on our changing seas

Like most newspapers around the country, The Seattle Times has cut staff and shaved resources in recent years to balance... More

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Calling out the climate conspirators

Slate, Discover, and The Guardian crack down on the David Rose’s distorted reporting

Over the weekend the Daily Mail's David Rose published a long screed on climate change with some pretty startling revelations:... More

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Scientific American eats

A new group blog will explore the science of food

Scientific American has been on a food spree recently. Its September issue is food-themed, with pieces ranging from the conflicting... More

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Required skimming: climate change

Deniers beware

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked... More

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Food fight!—The food police, part 3

A battle royal among food writers is distracting readers from learning about real-world solutions to the obesity problem

There's a riot going on in the streets of Foodieville, as some prominent food writers do battle over the... More

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Required skimming: Radiolab-esque science stories, online

Science for the rest of us

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Michael Pollan and Amy Harmon ‘talk’ it out

The talking points that launched a thousand tweets

Amy Harmon's work is so particular her job title is pretty much synonymous with her name. Though technically Harmon reports... More

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Required skimming: the brain and behavior

The emerging science behind why we do what we do

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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Ambivalent coverage of climate change’s ‘new normal’

Considering the importance of the information, the mainstream press provided surprisingly limited analysis

On Tuesday, the American Meteorological Society released its annual "State of the Climate" report, a hefty, 258-page document chronicling changes... More

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On mammograms, Slate drops the ball

From its subhead on, Wednesday’s piece on “fixing” mammography misleads readers

I was optimistic that the publication of Peggy Orenstein's fabulous New York Times Magazine piece on pinkwashing and the dysfunction... 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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