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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

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Fronting for fossil fuels

A study says that the media rarely discloses think tanks’ industry funding

According to a report released in early December by the Checks & Balances Project, a self-avowed “pro-clean energy watchdog group,”... More

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Weathercasters on climate

Rolling Stone refuses to let sleeping dogs lie

Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell rang an old bell in early December when he called out TV weathercasters for saying almost... More

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Lanza, autism, and violence

Critics try to stem media conjecture after Newtown shooting

As with so many senseless acts of violence— including the shootings in Aurora, CO, last summer and Tucson, AZ, the... More

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Flight of the bloggers

Despite recent departures, Discover is rebuilding fast

Amidst a move from New York to Wisconsin, Discover magazine has lost some of its most popular science bloggers in... More

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‘Synbio’ coverage on the rise

Articles focus on ethics and biosafety, study says

You know an urban neighborhood is up and coming when it gets an abbreviation like “SoMa,” for the district south... More

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Carney’s conspiracy theory

White House Press Secretary sees GOP operatives in good journalism

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed GOP operatives for revealing that Susan Rice, President Obama’s presumed favorite... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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