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Copenhagen Watch: Bipolar Coverage Disorder?

With each announcement, media shift between optimism and pessimism

As the heads of state from 110 countries began to arrive at the United Nations summit in Copenhagen for the... More

The Legality of Publishing Hacked E-mails

Were journalists right to be leery of the “ClimateGate” leak?

The publication of thousands of e-mails hacked from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit led to furious arguments... More

Threats to Environmental Journalists on the Rise

In Copenhagen, press freedom groups call for action

COPENHAGEN—Cherelle Jackson turned a deaf ear to the threatening calls she got after publishing the first two parts of a... More

Revkin Taking NYT Buyout

Veteran climate reporter to leave paper after Copenhagen summit

Andrew C. Revkin, one of the most influential and respected reporters on the environment, will take a buyout from The... More

Copenhagen Watch: Haggling at Halftime

With scoops hard to come by, journalists converge on the latest rifts

"The battle of the drafts has begun," The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin announced at the top of her Friday article... More

Copenhagen Watch: Disarray in Denmark?

With its first leaked document, the climate summit warms up

The big news out of Copenhagen yesterday was the leak of an informal agreement drafted by the Danish government. The... More

Copenhagen Coverage Watch: “Hopenhagen?”

After weeks of pessimism, coverage of summit opening shows optimism

As delegates from 192 countries descended on Copenhagen for the start of the United Nations climate treaty talks today, the... More

Copenhagen’s “Climate Pool”

Eleven international news agencies launch Facebook blog

The Associated Press and ten other international news agencies have launched “The Climate Pool,” a Facebook page that they hope... More

Hacked E-mails and “Journalistic Tribalism”

Climate coverage is imperfect, but is it ideologically biased?

In a column for USA Today on Tuesday, Jonah Goldberg argued that the mainstream press hasn’t given enough attention to... More

Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Scientifically

Scientific American names Mariette DiChristina first female EIC

Scientific American, the United States’s oldest continuously published magazine, today announced the appointment of Mariette DiChristina as the eighth and... More

FDA Pressed on Interview Policy

Today, a coalition of media organizations including the Association of Health Care Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers... More

Spock Crock

AP piece shows what happens when a narrative gets ahead of a story

Yesterday’s narrative-perpetuating Politico item on stories the president doesn’t want told seems to be, to borrow a phrase, “driving the... More

Saving Corwin’s Creatures

MSNBC wades into new territory with environmental documentary 100 Heartbeats

While filming his new documentary, 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin cut off the horn of a black rhino to protect it... More

Trains, Planes, and Carbon Offsets

Times keeps a needed eye on green premiums

This week, The New York Times published two much-needed articles questioning the value of programs that let consumers pay a... More

Newsweek, API, and Ethics

What guidelines should govern advertiser-sponsored events?

Last week, news reports revealed that, since 2007, Newsweek has sold advertising packages to the American Petroleum Industry--the oil and... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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