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Nature’s Artificial Divide

The best hope for science journalism is a marriage of new and old media

The illustration is excellent. As Charlie Petit described it: “a crumbling monument topped by a stack of ossified newspapers, overwhelmed... More

Obama on Stem Cells

Journalists debate the new mix of science, politics, and ideology

President Obama's decision to allow federally funded scientists to work with hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines continued to... More

Gallup: Many Americans Think Media Exaggerate Global Warming

Latest poll also finds waning concern about climate change

On Wednesday, the Gallup polling organization released its annual survey of environmental issues. Among the key findings: Although a majority... More

Ménage à Green Blogs

Three new science and environment blogs get experimental

News outlets across the country are cutting staff, sections, and print editions, but science and environment blogs continue to multiply,... More

Columbia Presents 2008 Oakes Award

Journal-Sentinel, AP honored for exposing lax oversight of chemical exposure

Writing about environmental toxicology—the ambient chemical exposure of our daily lives—has it all: public health threats, a nascent body of... More

Washington Post Pools Its Resources

Paper to create new science, health, and environment team

In the latest of many recent changes at The Washington Post, the management has announced a new plan to coordinate... More

Globe Kills Health/Science Section, Keeps Staff

After twenty-five-year run, content will be moved to lifestyle, business sections

It is the end of an era that began more than twenty-five years ago, when test-tube babies and compact discs... More

Mass Transit and the Stimulus

National media show mixed feelings, presenting an opportunity for local and regional follow-ups

As journalists and members of Congress continued to sift through the nearly 1000-page stimulus package last Tuesday night, President Obama... More

The George Will Affair

Post stands by climate column despite widespread criticism; clamor spills over to The New York Times

Thought the dust kicked up by George Will’s February 15 column in The Washington Post, “Dark Green Doomsayers,” had settled?... More

From Fly Ash to “Clean” Coal

National media slow to expand excellent local coverage after sludge spills

Both the American and Canadian press took a ‘Well, we’ll see,’ attitude toward the announcement yesterday that President Barack Obama... More

Salmonella Detective Story Leaves Stone Unturned

Reporters get the whodunnit, but miss the how-they-dunnit

Sifting through the hundreds of news reports on the current salmonella outbreak is like flipping the pages of a Sherlock... More

Lingering Denial

The unfortunate case of a few pundits with too much influence

Last week at the Huffington Post, John Delicath, the director of the Media Matters Action Network, quoted an article of... More

Science Journalism Growing Overseas

AAAS meeting highlights dwindling American coverage

CHICAGO — The story was too good to miss. When cosmologist Paul Davies proposed launching a “mission to earth” to... More

Science Journalism’s Hope and Despair

‘Niche’ pubs growing as MSM circles the drain

About a year and a half ago, I began reporting on a story about the “state” of science journalism, which... More

Darwin Mania!

Journalists devote reams to his 200th birthday – does he deserve it?

The problem with Barack Obama, as I’ve been telling friends in the Bay Area for the last few weeks, is... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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