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Obesity’s orthogonal coverage

How three writers tried to make sense of the “controversy, conjecture, contradiction and confusion” in weight loss research

Last September, CJR approached me to write an article for a special package on health and science journalism in the... More

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Sheen before green

Entertainment news outstrips environment news 3-to-1

Celebrity and sports stories are three times more common in the mainstream media than environment stories, according to a new... More

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The bird-flu blues

Short notice that research will resume leads to thin coverage

Reporters didn't have much time to react to the news that scientists in some countries will soon resume research on... More

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Life after Pandemrix

Reuters’s description of narcolepsy is excessively bleak

Reuters health and science correspondent Kate Kelland's recent article about the growing evidence linking GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix swine flu vaccine to... More

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Quinoa’s quagmire

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

A slanted post about the quinoa craze set off a cascade of reproachful media warnings last week, telling consumers that... More

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Climate policy, act two

Reactions to Obama’s second inaugural overlook Skocpol report

It was great to see The New York Times give front-page treatment to the unexpected weight that President Obama put... More

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Science journalism’s great divide

Study finds pessimism in the West, optimism in the Global South

Science journalists in the West have a bleaker outlook on the future of their profession than their colleagues in the... More

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Here? Now?

Media squander rare opportunity to localize climate coverage

Making climate change a local story isn't easy, but regional newspapers are, by and large, missing what is probably going... More

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Faded green

Environment reporters endangered, regardless of exact number

InsideClimate News's Katherine Bagley, who broke the news last week that The New York Times is dismantling its environment desk,... More

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Environment coverage TBD

The Times says it’s committed, but only time will tell

The New York Times’s decision is to dismantle its four-year-old environment “pod” has been called everything from “an unmitigated disaster”... More

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Call in the math club

Science reporters can help ward off a “Big Data bubble”

A reflective piece in The New York Times’s business pages points to a critical future role for science reporters—guarding against... More

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Playing the study game

David Freedman responds to critics of his article about bad health reporting

Recently in the pages of the CJR, I took on science journalism's lack of skepticism and misuse of published scientific... More

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Climate coverage rebound?

Maybe, but the press has a long way to go

There are signs that climate-change coverage is poised for a rebound after three years of decline, experts say, but the... More

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Coming clean on food safety

The Obama administration’s lack of transparency makes a difficult beat that much harder

Editors’ Note: Bottemiller’s bio should have mentioned that her employer, Food Safety News, is published by the law firm Marler... More

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Must-reads of 2012: science

Let your dork flag fly

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. The dream that failed... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

Bloggingheads

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

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