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Momentum becomes Ensia

Univ. of Minnesota expands its environmental magazine

A nonprofit environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota that's been quietly racking up awards for three years is... More

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Journalism’s circuit board

Computer literacy on the rise, but technology transfer lags

Journalists and computers have gotten through the awkward, get-to-know-ya phase of their relationship, but they still have intimacy problems, sometimes... More

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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

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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