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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

Criticism of Gladwell Reaches Tipping Point

Criticism of Malcolm Gladwell, the bestselling New Yorker writer, seems to be reaching – yes! – a tipping point. The... More

Plimer, “Balance as Bias” Back in Climate Coverage

That old nuisance, “balance as bias,” cropped up in the press again on Thursday in an article in the Telegraph... More

Government Programs Don’t Always Increase the Deficit

The federal budget deficit, it seems, is back on the White House’s agenda. David Brooks, in his column today, asserted... More

The Fate of Former P-I Employees

Ruth Teichroeb, who worked as an investigative reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1997 until its demise in March, is... More

AMNH Hosts 33rd Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival

Science news aficionados that are passing through New York City this week should check out the thirty-third Margaret Mead Film... More

Univ. of Montana Launches Environmental Journalism Program

School cites expansive value of training, diverse job possibilities

At least somebody gets it. The University of Montana in Missoula announced on Monday that it is accepting applications for... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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