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Open government?

Some progress, on paper at least

Since President Obama came to the White House in 2009, federal regulatory and science agencies have taken measurable steps--on paper,... More

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Windmills, tourism, and transparency

Maine blogger’s ongoing conflict-of-interest problems spark concern

The former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, who's now a fulltime media personality covering travel and outdoors... More

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Attack of the climate-denial books

Conservative think tanks fuel publishing boom that spreads misinformation

If you find Red Hot Lies in an airport bookstore or online bookseller, don't expect a juicy account of a... More

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Post Newtown, AP adds ‘mental illness’ entry

Guidelines warn against conflating mental illness and violence

After Adam Lanza killed 20 children on December 14, a host of subsequent coverage of the Newtown, CT, massacre focused... More

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A laurel to WLTX meteorologist Jim Gandy

For tackling climate change science in a red state where politics can polarize it

COLUMBIA, SC -- Four years ago, an academic climate change researcher and a Washington, DC-area meteorologist were looking to... More

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Green drones?

Unmanned aerial vehicles poised to enhance environmental coverage

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepares to allow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for a wide array of... More

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Eilperin leaving the green beat

Washington Post reporter joins the paper’s new “Digital Strike Force”

Juliet Eilperin, one of the country's leading environment reporters, is switching beats at The Washington Post, moving to a newly... More

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NYT cancels Green blog

No explanation from editors following surprise announcement

At 5pm on Friday afternoon, The New York Times posted the following announcement: The Times is discontinuing the Green blog,... More

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Brain mapping

NYT raises questions about federal project, science press provides answers

On February 17, The New York Times touched off an anxious debate in the neuroscience community with a front-page article... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

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Open access and the press

Two ways the new eLife could improve media coverage

After a decade of growth, the open-access movement in scientific publishing still hasn't overthrown the traditional model of paid content... More

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Beijing’s blinding pollution

The press should not ignore dirty air in other cities

As resources become scarcer and cutbacks in foreign bureaus more common, international reporting is becoming geographically biased. This trend was... More

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Drones and transparency

White House criticized for secrecy, PBS’s NOVA for conflict

It's no secret that journalists, especially those on the science beat, don't think that President Obama has lived up his... More

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Digging for dark money

Guardian, CPI expose secretive climate-denial funding network

Just over a year ago, Peter Gleick, a scientist and climate-change activist, obtained a cache of internal documents from The... More

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Meteorite steals asteroid’s thunder

Russian ‘dash cams’ fill web with amateur video

For the last week, stargazers around the world have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 150-meter asteroid that will... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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