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NYT Whitewashes its Japan Error

If you’re having trouble tracking the twists and turns as Japanese workers struggle at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, you’re... More

Crisis Juggling in Japan

Reporters struggle to balance quake, tsunami, nuclear coverage

The triple disaster. The triple whammy. Both terms are now common in media accounts of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear-plant disaster that has... More

Japan’s Quake and Political Fallout

Notes on nuclear renaissance

The ongoing struggle to bring four reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station under control has understandably shaken the... More

Political Aftershocks

Reactions to a disaster abroad, at home

The news cycle being what it is, it’s not surprising that we’ve taken to navel-gazing just days after the Japanese... More

Risk Reporting 101

What journalists should know about hazards and exposure

During my years as a daily TV journalist in Boston, I covered a seemingly endless string of risks: from the... More

Las Vegas Sun Shines Light on Nevada Health Care

Multimedia investigation of hospital injuries wins 2011 Goldsmith Prize

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—“Where do you go for great health care in Las Vegas?” Answer: “The airport.” That local joke set Las... More

Microbes and the Media

Burned in the past, journalists wary of astrobiology hype

Claims about extraterrestrial life are once again making headlines. Unlike a December incident involving an assertion about the discovery of... More

“Frack”-tious Reactions

Skirmishes follow recent coverage of shale-gas drilling

The former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is not happy with The New York Times’s Ian Urbina and... More

Has ‘Climate’ Become a Dirty Word?

Despite audience fatigue, interest remains stronger than ever in the most vulnerable countries

When President Obama gave his State of the Union address in January, there seemed to be more commentary among environmentalists... More

Alternating Currents

Why reporters struggle to find the right angle for clean energy stories

Is today’s media up to the task of covering renewable energy issues? That was the broad topic explored during two... More

The Times, It Is A Changin’

New editors to lead science, environment coverage

“The world turns. The universe expands. The stethoscope passes. And we have a new Science editor,” Bill Keller, the executive... More

Extreme Measures

Must reporters cite climate change in every article about severe weather?

Last week, the journal Nature made a big splash in the press with the publication of two studies which found... More

Coming to Terms with the “Value” of Life

The rhetorical debate behind the NYT’s front-pager

Last week, my colleague Felix Salmon expressed his love for The New York Times’s front-page article on Thursday about federal... More

Dr. Search Engine

NYT prompts needed discussion about the relative merits of health websites

Eighty percent of Internet users seek out health information on the web, according to a survey released by the Pew... More

The Scientific Method for Reaching a Wider Audience

How digital media is helping science escape the “echo chamber”

“Are science blogs stuck in an echo chamber? Chamber? Chamber?” Ed Yong, an award-winning science blogger at Discover, wondered in... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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