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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

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NY community papers struggle post-Sandy

Small papers were washed away when their readers most needed them, and they’re still recovering

The Wave offices, post-Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Henry Gass During Hurricane Sandy, the offices of The Wave, a community newspaper... More

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Dull news from Doha

UN climate summit a ho-hum affair for the press

The United Nations climate-change summit that began in Doha, Qatar, on Monday has so far been a ho-hum affair for... More

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Highway to the danger zone

Following Sandy, HuffPo and NYT dig into the folly of coastal development

Hurricane Sandy renewed the media’s interest in the many foolish ways that we increase our vulnerability to extreme weather. There’s... More

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Climate roller coaster back on track

With Obama talking global warming, media see ups and downs

At his first post-election press conference on Wednesday, President Obama talked about his current position on climate change in greater... More

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What’s the MATTER?

A Kickstarter-funded longform narrative science journalism site launches

MATTER, a Kickstarter-funded longform science journalism project, launched on Wednesday with its first article, written by prominent science writer Anil... More

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Salazar threatens to ‘punch out’ reporter

Interior Secretary angered by tough questions at Obama campaign event

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar threatened to “punch out” a journalist for having the temerity to ask him questions... More

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Take a beat

Media pump too much news from heart association meeting, critic says

More than 10,000 stories came out of the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), which took place in... More

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Obama and the environment

Media react to the election with speculation, some insights

Journalists didn’t leave energy and the environment out of post-election speculation about what President Obama’s second term might look like.... More

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Lemmings like us

Businessweek’s climate-change broadside is powerful, but ignores the allure of waterfront property

Hurricane Sandy finally got the media talking about climate change last week, but Bloomberg Businessweek spoke the loudest with a... 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


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”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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