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Halloween Hype?

A health story about germ-fighting pumpkins

As trick-or-treaters ready themselves for the annual ritual that is Halloween, health and headline writers around the world have found... More

More On Super Freaks and Troubling Temps

As I noted in a Wednesday column, a number of reporters have recently had to revisit the most fundamental question... More

The Trouble with Temperature

Press still trying to set the record straight on cool weather

Articles about climate change legislation quickly piled up on Tuesday morning as the Senate began debating a proposal to cap... More

“Fix the Climate, or the Kid Gets It”

MoJo’s Copenhagen issue shoots for the big picture

A Friday morning headline in Politico noted that it’s “crunch time” for the climate bill currently underway in the Senate.... More

Limbaugh Suggests NYT’s Revkin Should “Kill Himself”

There’s commentary and then there’s hateful insanity, and nobody is blurring the line between the two better than Rush Limbaugh.... More

Notebooks Aside…

Science writers grapple with digital media at annual meeting

When American science writers donned their cowboy boots to travel to the University of Texas in Austin for their annual... More

Columbia Suspends Environmental Journalism Program

Falling employment, rising education costs to blame

For the first time since it was created fourteen years ago, Columbia University’s highly regarded dual-degree graduate program in environmental... More

Sanjay Gupta on Cheating Death

We’ve poked a bit of fun at CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in the past. See this Blair Witch like visit to... More

An (Oil) Peak Too High

Energy crisis too big, too complex for media to handle on its own, experts say

DENVER—Protestors in giant chicken suits lingered outside the 2009 International Peak Oil Conference here on Monday. Their personas were meant... More

SEJ Accused of Protecting Gore

Filmmaker’s criticism is self-serving and wrong, however

An independent filmmaker accused the Society of Environmental Journalists of “protecting” Al Gore on Friday after the filmmaker’s mic was... More

Synthetic Biology Still Not a Story

Americans know little about the emerging field, poll finds

According to a recent poll, Americans know very little about synthetic biology, which seeks to genetically engineer new forms of... More

Grantham Prize Seminar To Honor Air Pollution Series

Anybody in or around Washington, D.C. on Monday should check out the fourth annual Grantham Prize Seminar on the State... More

Green Rankings a Means, Not an End For Journalists

Are you invested in a dirty company? If you work for the state of New York and plan to draw... More

Are Americans Wild Enough?

Ken Burns’s documentary and the debate over how much nature we need

On Sunday evening PBS will air Ken Burns’s much anticipated documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. News outlets and... More

Sidebar: The New Energy Beat

Our Web-only list of the energy sites journalists need to know

Energy Journalism All Green To Me: An eclectic energy and environment Web site from The News Journal in Wilmington,... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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