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Mechanical Band-Aids

Press wrestles with techno-optimism while BP seeks to stop oil spill

Thank God or whomever. The nuclear option has never been, and never will be, on the table amongst other options... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

See No Evil, Report No Evil

Covering the oil spill, reporters must ensure that what’s out of sight isn’t out of mind

The gall of BP and their federal overseers in withholding the fact that the “top kill” effort was suspended for... More

Muddling On

Lukewarm media reception to comprehensive new reports on climate change

The Earth is warming thanks to the human industrial complex, we must price carbon emissions in some way and soon... More

Who’s Watching the World, Now?

Changes in media climate snuff out two in-depth environmental reporting outlets

With untold millions of gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf and a troubling outlook for energy legislation in... More

Go Fish

Have reporters paid sufficient attention to the Gulf spill’s impact on marine life?

On Tuesday morning, Agence France-Presse reported that “Louisiana's charter fishermen are slamming media coverage of the Gulf oil spill for... More

EPA Officials Demand Anonymity

“Hush-hush” conference calls anger reporters

Twice in the last three months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered reporters not to name the agency officials... More

A “Slick” Numbers Game

Fixation on exact spill rate belies worrisome uncertainties

Monday night, Jon Stewart laid into coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, noting the disaster... More

Crude Coverage at the Times

News analysis displays gross lack of concern about Gulf spill

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded on April 20, causing the massive oil spill currently unfolding in the Gulf... More

Paper or Pixels?

News Corp.’s efforts to go carbon-neutral raise questions about the future of sustainable publishing

Amidst the steady decline of newspaper circulation in the U.S., could industry concern for carbon emissions affect the relationship between... More

Green Like Money

Earth Day coverage shows how much the environmental movement has changed

Earth Day rose from a powerfully anti-corporate, grassroots movement, revved up on 1960s idealism and genuine fear inspired by books... More

The Voice of the Affected

How the media are improving humanitarian aid post-Haiti

A team of media-development experts that has been working with radio stations in earthquake-damaged Haiti to provide critical information to... More

To Inspire and Explain

With NASA’s future uncertain, press must weigh science versus exploration

[Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series examining recent coverage of President Obama’s plans for the future... More

Spaceballs

Fox News article about NASA’s future stokes Cold War fears with false experts

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series examining recent coverage of President Obama’s plans for the future... More

Will Collaborative Climate Coverage Work?

Mother Jones and six other outlets step into the unknown

With the Senate poised for an “uphill push” to pass climate and energy legislation, and numerous surveys saying that Americans’... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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