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The NYT’s “Pacific garbage patch” story: a Spot.us “deliverable” that doesn’t quite deliver

Today’s New York Times features an article about a patch of garbage, estimated to be two times the area of... More

AAAS Announces 2009 Kavli Science Journalism Awards

Recipients of the 2009 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards were announced this morning. “A radio broadcast on probability told through... More

Unscientific America Meets Denialism

Mooney and Specter debate causes and cures

Michael Specter and Chris Mooney agree that the United States is full of people who just don’t get science, and... More

Reservations about Resveratrol

There is in the science press a kind of gene-of-the-month club for disease cures in which scientists discover that promoting... More

“Will Work in Copenhagen”

SEJ launches freelancers’ board for climate meeting

The United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen this December will undoubtedly be an international media circus of the highest... More

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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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