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On mammograms, Slate drops the ball

From its subhead on, Wednesday’s piece on “fixing” mammography misleads readers

I was optimistic that the publication of Peggy Orenstein's fabulous New York Times Magazine piece on pinkwashing and the dysfunction... More

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Shark Week vs. science: the Megalodon affair

A battle over the existence of an extinct shark highlights shoddy coverage

For the Discovery Channel, Shark Week, an annual week devoted to shark-related programming, is prime time for ratings and, supposedly,... More

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Required skimming: astronomy and space

To infinity and blog on

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Reuters’s global warming about-face

A survey shows the newswire ran 50 percent fewer stories on climate change after hiring a “skeptic”

Reuters has long been one of the most prolific producers of climate change journalism, leading The New York Times and... More

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Keystone fatigue? Get over it

Many in media are saying enough already on pipeline debate, but the story is far from over

FAIRWAY, KS -- A palpable exhaustion seems to have set in this year among some journalists when it comes to... More

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Discover’s New Look

If a cross country move and a new staff weren’t enough change for Discover, the science magazine unveils a redesign

It's been a tumultuous year for Discover magazine, after uprooting its offices from New York to Wisconsin, hiring an almost... More

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When ‘he said,’ ‘she said’ is dangerous

Media errs in giving “balanced” coverage to McCarthy’s discredited views

ABC's announcement yesterday that actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy will become a co-host of The View brought forth a torrent of condemnation... More

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Beyond San Onofre’s closure

The LA Times and U-T San Diego thoroughly covered the local nuclear power plant’s closing, but the wider energy story is still waiting to be told

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Nuclear power plants are complex, interdependent systems of systems, and the state and federal bureaucracies that... More

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Your fertility, checked

An Atlantic cover story uncovering a decade of botched reporting should sound as a warning to journalists to examine the fine print of scientific studies

In 2002 Sylvia Ann Hewlett terrified career-oriented women when she hit them with a cold truth: Regardless of advances in... More

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Assignment Desk: Four stories on the Western energy beat

What’s the future of coal? What about water? And is that really a united front?

PROVO, UT -- At a posh resort near Park City last weekend, the chief executives of seven Western states gathered... More

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Science media centers & the press, part 3

Can a SMC work in the US?

With a mission to provide the press and the public with high-quality scientific information and sources, the Science Media Centers... More

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Science media centers & the press, part 2

How did the SMCs perform during the Fukushima nuclear crisis?

With a mission to provide the press and the public with high-quality scientific information and sources, the Science Media Centers... More

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Science media centers & the press, part 1

Does the UK model help journalists?

With a mission to provide the press and the public with high-quality scientific information and sources, the Science Media Centers... More

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MRSA MRSA MRSA!

Some recent high points on the “superbug” beat

This is the first installment in an occasional series about antimicrobial resistance, which is one of the planet's most... More

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The fracking story comes closer to home

Tips for covering the energy boom in Colorado and beyond

PROVO, UT -- On Monday, The New York Times wrote about an "unlikely resistance" building in "energy-friendly" Greeley, CO. "As... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

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.”

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

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