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Required skimming: the brain and behavior

The emerging science behind why we do what we do

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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Ambivalent coverage of climate change’s ‘new normal’

Considering the importance of the information, the mainstream press provided surprisingly limited analysis

On Tuesday, the American Meteorological Society released its annual "State of the Climate" report, a hefty, 258-page document chronicling changes... More

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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

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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