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Snow Job

Just what constitutes a “record”?

The snowstorm that hit much of the United States last week was one for the books. In Chicago, the 20.2... More

The Cost of Living, Part IV

Digital mammograms in the medical marketplace

Containing the runaway costs of medical care is perhaps the thorniest of health care issues. Despite the rhetoric about getting... More

Introducing ‘Earth Journalism’

A global view of a local beat

In the grand scheme of environmental affairs, journalism is almost always an afterthought. The media world seems to return the... More

Science Faltering?

Obama wants more R&D, but few willing to discuss research productivity

President Obama wants “to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space... More

Blogging from Biology Class

Staten Island high school students team up with Nature Education

If you’re worried about the future of science journalism, take solace in two fourteen-year-old students named Sam and Naseem who... More

In Deep Water

Reporters explore socio-economic complexity underlying floods in Brazil, Australia

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — No one is singing in the rain. The mudslides here and the floods in Australia... More

Add It Up

Bad math mars coverage of penguin banding, climate change

In the last two weeks, reporters have repeated false numbers provided by a study and a report (and by their... More

The Hottest Thing in Science Blogging

ScienceOnline2011 conference puts convergence of old and new media on display

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina — The hot ticket for science bloggers and online writers this year was a once-obscure... More

Giffords’ Medical Care

Healthy dose of science coverage adds context

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remained in critical condition on Tuesday afternoon after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday,... More

Climate Conundrums

Slack coverage, quality issues stir debate

2010 was “the year climate coverage ‘fell off the map,’” The Daily Climate, a website that tracks related news and... More

Tele-what?

Reporters must embrace the future with coverage of remote health monitoring

As a journalist who for the last decade has covered the use of information technology in health care, I’m rather... More

Bye, Bye Blackbirds

Bizarre reports of dead birds and fish enliven a slow news week

With remakes of classic films all the rage, it may be time for Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds to be... More

Best of 2010: The Observatory

Curtis Brainard picks the top stories from 2010

1. “New” Media Crucial in Aftermath of Haitian Earthquake With standard telephone, radio, and television communications disabled, “new” media platforms... More

Climate Change 101

Trio of articles re-cover some global warming basics

A little more than a year ago, there was a feeling among many editors and reporters that the climate-change story... More

The U.N. Climate Caravan

Author of report criticizing coverage of Copenhagen summit reflects on Cancun meeting

CANCÚN, MEXICO—There is no doubt that the United Nations climate-change negotiations here, which concluded just over a week ago, were... 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


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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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.