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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

What Have We Learned?

Climate journalists discuss lessons of the past at AMNH

Last night, a panel of distinguished science journalists and one social scientist discussed shifting norms in climate-change coverage at the... More

One More Science Journalism Event…

For the road

Yesterday, I wrote a short post about a few all-star science journalism events taking place this week in New York... More

Slate V Puts Weekly Science Roundup On Hold

“Grand Unified Weekly” shelved despite positive response from audiences

Last November, Slate V started hosting a snappy, weekly screencast that served as a “science news roundup for the rest... More

Science Journalism Events at AMNH, AAAS

I don’t generally announce upcoming science journalism events, mostly because my readership is spread out across the country. I might... More

NYT: “Boron Moron”

My thanks to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for pointing out a "mea culpa" posted today by The New York... More

National Geographic Launches New Energy Team

Reaffirms editorial, educational commitment to environmental issues

Last week, National Geographic magazine announced the formation of a new, specialized editorial team that will focus on “deepening” and... More

Global vs. Regional Trends

A common problem in climate coverage

On January 1, the Daily Tech, an online magazine, published a somewhat misleading blog post about the “rapid recovery” of... More

The Language and Culture of Climate

New book seeks to improve communication between journalists, scientists

One of the things that history will remember about the coverage of climate change is that, not unlike the Iraq... More

Lead Pipes vs. Crack Pipes

What to do when data supports easy explanations for difficult problems

Yesterday, The New York Times brought readers the best kind of health story: a crisis that failed to show up.... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

How to shop online

Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers

The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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