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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

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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