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Magazine Mayhem

SciAm and ACS cut staff, reposition for the long haul

Last week was yet another turbulent one for science journalism. Scientific American, the United States’s oldest magazine, and the American... More

Swine Flu and CAFOs?

Blogs call for more coverage; MSM hesitant

In the search for the swine flu outbreak’s “ground zero,” blogs have called upon mainstream media to investigate the potential... More

Learning from Perlman and Maddox

Press salutes two pioneers of science journalism

Many of us in science journalism today know (or should know) that our careers are vastly different because of two... More

Toying with Climate Information

Media last week rife with stories of misdirection

The news media and blogs were rife with stories last week about politicians and journalists alike manipulating information related to... More

Green Issues Fade

Several magazines cancel, cutback annual environment editions

Another year, another Earth Day, another wave of “Green Issues” on newsstands… or not. After three years, the springtime fad... More

Capturing Conversation

Press finally digs into CCS both nationally and locally

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency formally announced that heat-trapping greenhouse gases are a danger to human health and welfare,... More

Wish He Was a Baller

Friedman fumbles with last-minute call for a carbon tax

As virtually all of America knows by now, Tom Friedman is a big environmentalist. He loves nature, green things, responsible... More

The Man with the Van

Early reports failed to check Italian earthquake researcher’s science, qualifications

In early March, in a mountainous, quake-prone patch of central Italy, the readings on Gioacchino Giuliani’s patented radon detector suddenly... More

Holdren’s First Interviews

Obama’s new science advisor causes a media stir

President Barack Obama’s new science advisor, physicist John Holdren, met the press this week, with mixed results for the ensuing... More

Post vs. Post

News article, blog entry criticize Will’s account of warming (one fails)

On Tuesday, an article and a blog entry at The Washington Post both took the unusual step of rebutting one... More

Class Dismissed

The ‘populist’ case against cap-and-trade is absurd

Historian John Steele Gordon, writing on Barack Obama’s economic policies in the April issue of Commentary, says that the president's... More

Looking Past Red Flags

Coverage of MS stem-cell transplant research lacks caution

In late January, clinical immunologist Richard Burt and his Northwestern University colleagues published the results of a study which found... More

Making Space for Skeptics

Post, Times draw criticism for coverage questioning global warming

Washington Post columnist George Will was at it again on Thursday with his third column disparaging the scientific consensus behind... More

For the Birds?

Local outlets miss an opportunity for regional conservation coverage

Earlier this month, the United States Department of the Interior released the results of a large-scale, collaborative report on the... More

Post-Intelligent

Before its collapse, the P-I had a history of strong science reporting

When the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rolled off the presses last Tuesday, it was another blow to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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