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The Observatory

Science Journalism’s Crystal Ball

Whither the expertly reported content of yore?

In covering a crisis, it is crucial to quickly separate reliable information from speculation and hype—or, in the case of... More

The Flu Formerly Known As Swine

Coverage of naming controversy has wasted time

Over the past week, media reports cycled through various names for the 2009 A(H1N1) influenza—swine flu, Mexico flu, North American... More

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

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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