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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

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UPDATED: All charged up

Elon Musk says NYT review of a Tesla sedan was dishonest; Broder, Sullivan fire back

[Original column posted February 12, 12:00 p.m.] Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is all charged up over a The New... More

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‘I need rules’

Jonah Lehrer says he still intends to pursue writing

In his first public appearance since revelations of fabrication and plagiarism derailed his career last year, science writer Jonah Lehrer... More

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Captain Nemo

‘Behemoth blizzard’ dominates weekend news

It was all about "The Big Dig" this weekend in snow-blanketed communities from Long Island to Maine that faced a... More

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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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